James Kalm arrives at Bickerton’s second one-man exhibit at the gallery and explores with viewers the latest permutations in the befuddling production of this self imposed South Seas exile. Using a range of media including digitally printed photography on canvas the artist creates a disturbing mélange of high-tech procedures and aesthetic theories with a faux-naïve nativism that implies a cynical view of modern man’s relation to the exotic. This is served up in a glossy commercial presentation with extravagant locally produced frames that subversively appeals to our notion of the “tourist trade”. Featuring comments by artist Philip Simmons.
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