Hollis' video and 3D animated works seem familiar and yet unsettling. They apply and manipulate aspects of gaming culture and virtual reality in a disquieting juxtaposition with documentary style home videos. A sense of urban drift can be pinned down within banal narratives, while retaining an assuredness of the core values of Māori, and urban identities.
Hollis' work lays out a matrix; asking how we might begin to reconstruct systems of identity within broader social terms and how such a discussion might begin, rather than conclude.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Adam Art Gallery.
About the artist
Rangituhia Hollis has recently finished his MFA (Hons) at Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland. Recent shows include Ka wi wi, Ka wa wa at Tairawhiti Museum, Gisbourne, and Architecture for the Nation, the 2008 'new artists' exhibition at ARTSPACE, Auckland.