KIRSTIN CARLIN | Standing in the Sun | Te Tuhi


Kirstin Carlin has created a new digital exhibition "Standing in the Sun" for Te Tuhi Gallery 12 June - 4 September 2022.

Since completing her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2010, Kirstin Carlin has almost exclusively worked in single format, creating small-scale, oil paintings of recognisable subject matter – flowers, mountains, sun sets – and translating them into whimsical collections of loose, insouciant brushstrokes in a myriad of colours.

Following her 2020 Flag Project in Tāmaki Makaurau’s Britomart precinct, Carlin has widened her practice by both scaling up and fragmenting the compositions of her paintings. The 20 flags presented in Britomart depicted extreme close-ups of eight of Carlin’s works, blowing up their content beyond recognisability and fully embracing the abstraction that Carlin’s paintings playfully teeter on the edge of.

For "Standing in the Sun", Carlin continues to pursue this expanded approach to her practice, for the first time translated into a digital medium. Carlin’s digital billboard speaks of painting, gesture, exuberance and fun, livening the view of drivers and passers-by. 

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