Michel Tuffery with BCA Gallery
7W 34th St
For VOLTA 2012, Cook Islands/New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery present’s First Contact a digital installation shown with an evolving series of sculpture and paintings.
Tuffery delivers a contemporary Polynesian viewpoint as he narrates this epic period in human discovery, utilising material recorded by scientists and artists from the three voyages of the epic English navigator Captain James Cook to the South Pacific during the 18th century. This period in history was to be as significant to the people of the Pacific as it was to the populous of Europe.
Tuffery delves within the mindset of the historical characters involved, specifically, the perception of the artwork executed by the renowned Polynesian navigator Tupaia aboard Cook’s first voyage (1768-71).
Tuffery raises the question of how it influenced the (then) contemporary psyche of Western culture and provides renewed perspective to the inevitable interaction of opposed ideologies.