In his paintings Mark Rodda will often stage fabricated narrative's that sit within imagened, timeless worlds. His landscapes feature a cast of curious characters and reference Persian, Chinese and pre-modern western painting traditions.
The exhibition features a selection of recent works that combine dream-like landscapes with unusual ‘natural’ features and eccentric structures that appear to come straight out of storybooks.
Previously uninhabited, Rodda’s paintings have recently been populated by a quirky collection of animals, people and creatures.
Alex McLeod builds animated digital environments that pulse, swing and oscillate. Presenting a new work called Midnight Realm (2016), McLeod has created a morphing landscape that emerges from the background, revealing strange trees, unusual rock formations and curious structures.
Known for his use of innovative digital technologies and media, McLeod also presents a distinctly Canadian approach to his home country’s idealised landscapes and limitless horizons. Trained as a painter and previously working almost exclusively in still imagery, he has in recent years explored the potential of animation.
For Otherworld Peter Madden presents The Last City (2010), a metropolis on a miniature scale with skyscrapers, billboards and a menagerie of creatures.
Madden sometimes describes his practice as ‘sculptography’ – a combination of found photography found in used books, magazines and encyclopedias, expertly manipulated into 3-dimensional forms.
He often uses the much loved and often discarded National Geographic magazines and describes them as “washed up in second-hand stores and the digital pages of Trade Me these treasures contain fantastic stories of lost civilisations and exotic butterflies that smell like orchids once dead.”