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Simon Kaan & Weilun Ha Exhibitions

Weilun Ha, Whaling heart to explore, 2019, ink and pigment on board, 600mm x 300mm
17 Apr 2019 to 25 May 2019
17 April - 25 May
An exhibition of new paintings by Simon Kaan: Tuaki and Weilun Ha: Fragile Hearts
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Solander Gallery
218c Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011


Simon Kaan: Tuaki

Simon Kaan is of Chinese, Ngāi Tahu and Pakeha ancestry. Land, sea
and sky still dominate Simon Kaan’’s works where the pictorial space is
fragmented by floating, indeterminate horizon lines and colour washes to
create a sense of rhythm and movement capturing the essence of place.

'Tuaki' is a suite of works that builds on a previous series of
works entitled ‘Tio’. The tuaki is a kaimoana synonymous with the Otago
salt waterways and gathered as part of our traditional mahika kai
practices. It is a strong point of identity for the artist and resonates
both memory and whakapapa.”


Weilun Ha: Fragile Hearts

Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. Ha explores the
ideas of personal stories in symbolic objects; diversity in cultural
motifs; and gestures of fragility in life philosophies. The works
complex interaction with Chinese porcelain patterns weaves historical
references and significant moments behind his objects. The paintings
embrace the richness of different cultures and create an intensity that
is layered with interpretation and stories.

“Filled with dreams and passion, people want life to be at its
fullest in every season in life. Traveling to exotic locations as we
dream to explore the world, getting that job you always wanted to
support our love ones. Our hearts dictate where we go with our desires.
Sometimes we lose hope and break our hearts, but resilience is like
gold, it seals up the cracks and make the cracks in life beautiful and
stronger than before. The patterns on the valves function like family
they are all different and unique but they balance each other to form
the bigger and greater picture and function as one.”

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Solander: works on paper

9 Apr 2019

Interests Solander: Works on Paper