Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Flagstaff Gallery Opening 8 April 2009
REMEMBERING NZ FOREST PRODUCTS & EXILES
Photographs, Rudolf Boelee with Finn and Lara Fair, Lennie and Julie Worthington, Onno Boelee
Born in the Holland in 1940, artist Rudolf Boelee has a personal understanding of the impact of world events on lives. Seeing his homeland ravaged by war he chose to live in a new land. Migrating to New Zealand in 1963, he worked for NZ Forest Products from the late 60's to the mid-70's, both at their Whakatane Board Mills and Kinleith Paper Mill, Tokoroa.
Some of the works hark back to his early days in New Zealand, combining constructivism, pop-art and design elements, with the Exiles series featuring portraits of literary 'exiles' from our history. Marginalised by colonial culture for their individualism & idealism, they were selected by the artist for their ability to see beyond the confines of that culture. They travelled, engaged with the world and effectively exiled themselves
Posted by Rudolf Boelee at 19:52