Reuben Paterson’s upcoming exhibition Tougher than Diamonds will feature a selection of the artist’s recent glitter paintings from the exhibition The Aroma of Black, as well as three large panels from the seminal work Whakapapa, Get Down Upon Your Knees.
Across his work, Paterson has used pattern to reference traditional kōwhaiwhai, his grandmother’s dresses, father’s ties, wallpaper designs and other textiles – all evoking nostalgia for another era.
Tougher than Diamonds is presented in association with Wintec and Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design.
This event will be followed by a panel discussion at 7pm – ‘Creative Confluences: Merging Art Practices and Trans-disciplinary Collaborations’ which will include academics Lisa Reihana (Artist), Julianne Pierce (Creative Producer, Australia), Deborah Lawler-Dormer (Curator), and Jennifer Gillam (Artist). This panel has been organised by Dr Isabelle Delmotte from the University of Waikato Screen & Media Programme.