by Greta Yeoman
Familiar coastlines, mountains, waterways and seascapes are all part of Brian High’s latest exhibition.
The long-time Timaru-based photographer and videographer launched an immersive exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery earlier this month.
While the abstract artwork – named To Whom It May Concern– contains familiar landscape scenes from around South Canterbury, it also provided a chance for individual reflection on a variety of themes, including our connection with nature, Mr High said.
The 3D “experimental” artwork ranges around the walls of the darkened gallery, showing the coastline of Timaru from the Smithfield freezing-works to Pareora, along with mountains, rivers and the region’s early volcanic beginnings.
It is accompanied by a soundtrack created by South Canterbury musician Micah Templeton-Woolfe.
Aigantighe staff member Hamish Pettingell said he had been pleased to overhear some of the conversations that had been prompted by the work.
“[The] response has been fantastic.”
Topics included general environmental discussions and appreciation for the South Canterbury region, he said.
“[People have said] ‘what a beautiful place we live in’.”
Mr High said the opening scenes were a “homage” to the region’s volcanic past, while other images, including rivers and other waterways, provided an “abstract nature” for the exhibition.
“[It then] takes on a life of its own.”