The Deep is a solo presentation of work by Tāmaki Makaurau- based artist Gavin Hipkins. Found images are co-opted into installation, digital video and printed matter. These artworks realise suggestive dreamscapes, forming an industrial sublime in order to evoke yearning and disquietude.
Passing comets, forests, lakes, pyramids, a tithe-barn, an octopus are just some of the phenomena depicted in Hipkins’ exhibition. All were sourced from children’s book illustrations depicting natural as well as industrialised worlds and the colonial reach of the British Empire.
Nocturnes or compositions suggesting the serenity of the night are created through instances of capturing, scanning, enlarging and with the aid of various apparatus including rubber stamps in acts of performative mark-making. Novel processes of image re-production are employed to draw attention to the various ways images and therefore knowledges– particularly settler and Pākehā ones, are disseminated.
Plumbing the depths of visual histories and their attendant narratives Hipkins appropriates and re-presents them within a unique mise-en-scene that enables viewers themselves to occupy the positions of subjects undergoing hypnosis.