"Evolution of Galaxies" is a new exhibition by Christchurch Art Gallery curator Melanie Oliver featuring work by Ruth Buchanan with Lily Gentile, EMMA FITTS and Shannon Te Ao. It runs from 8-23 April at Mada Gallery, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
'Evolutions of Galaxies' includes works that are traces of earlier exhibitions, mingling ghosts, times and cosmologies. Ruth Buchanan (Pākehā, Te Ātiawa, Taranaki) reiterates her washes over the institutional white of the gallery space with a lilac wall painting performed by her niece and student at MADA, Lily Gentile (Pākehā, Te Ātiawa, Taranaki). Emma Fitts (Pākehā) presents sculptural textiles related to the architecture of the observatory at Tekapō, a dark sky reserve in Aotearoa, and the story of astronomer Beatrice Tinsley (1941-81) who discovered the life cycle of galaxies, proving that the universe is still evolving. Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) offers an evocative waiata (song) from his video 'my life as a tunnel', looking at intimacy, loss and longing. Through their spatial, embodied practices, Buchanan, Fitts and Te Ao ask us to consider constellations of events, to observe different ideas of cosmology and to think of time as flexible and coterminous.