WEEK 2.

SITE DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS.

 

Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, located in Wellington. Its main purpose is to showcase, inspire and inform the community of the various forms of bicultural art works. People know that it is a museum because of its grandeur size and also due to the billboards and posters that advertise new exhibitions inside the museum.

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This site was constructed in 1998, where it communicates New Zealand’s participation in recognising worldwide history. The fifth floor is very open and spacious for people to move freely around, an impression where anyone can relax and enjoy the artworks that are displayed on walls, ceiling and the ground. Most people that come to the museum to delve deeper into the history of the world through the works made by those during the time. The target audience ranging from children with families to older generations.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

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The floors are made of pine, the ceiling is concrete however hidden by planks of timber. I would love to come back here, as its attitude is a quiet relaxing environment where people can focus on their surroundings.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

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The security cameras alert staff of any person that crosses the infra-red light boundary of an artwork. There are at least two lights for every painting, one big focused for the artwork and smaller tube light for the information text on the side.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

 

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On the site, there were four chairs and a table for people to sit which is exactly what my group and I did, this tells us that the pace can be used to relax and even possibly reflect on the artworks. There are staff in red and blue t-shirt uniforms who keep an eye out for people who are touching works. The site also has pillars that emphasise an artwork and draws the most attention because it secludes it from the rest which I found very effective of the room layout.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

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The texts that describe the artworks are not only in English, but are also in Maori, showing the appreciation of Maori culture in the museum and how New Zealand’s identity is not only European but Maori too, indicating the mutual respect in our country.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Art Gallery Victoria University

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This site was constructed 21st September 1999, communicating a collection of modern and contemporary New Zealand art. This industrialised site paths natural light throughout the floors, the impression of the site is very modern with abstract wall cut outs and contemporary materials used for the building.

 

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

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Most people come to this art museum to witness Victoria University staff and art education collections. The target audience is mainly for an older audience as it is not as convenient to travel for most families. The floors are covered with rubber to absorb light and noise of people walking around the site, and steel fixtures to add to the industrialised theme.

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

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I would love to come back to look at new exhibitions, also the attitude of the site is very welcoming as it has an open space on the top level for people to look out over the floor below, linking floors and people together.

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

 

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On site, there was a couch for people to sit on, which my group did, placed on a balcony for people to look over the floor down and sparked good conversation about artworks, this was good for reflecting.

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

 

 

 

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There was only one staff at the front desk to welcome people in and wore a black top for uniform. The site also had a flight of short stairs leading up to a stage with an artwork centralised on it, this is interesting as it leads people into walking up and taking a closer look at the detail.

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

 

COMPARING AND CONTRASTING.

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Both Art Galleries are similar in a sense that they have strategically placed artworks harmoniously with pillars and unusual spaces in the space. Unusual spaces, for example, a pillar that projects from the wall makes the artwork in front feel dominant and eye catching, and also the steps to an artwork on stage makes you want to look closer.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

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One of the differences between the Art Galleries is the construction theme of the buildings. Adam Art Gallery used more constructive and metal materials, such as metal, steel, smaller windows and rubber floors which gave it a more modern style. Compared to Te Papa which had a more classical style, with pine flooring and large windows.

(Chin, Jasmine. Adam Art Gallery Victoria University. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

 

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Another difference would be the detailed thought about the construction of the buildings. Adam Art Gallery seemed to concentrate more on people’s experience, as they had specifically used rubber floors to block out the sound of footsteps, it also absorbs noise and light so the people would be able to focus on the artworks alone, rather than other distractions. Te Papa has not specifically looked at people’s experience in much depth, however they do have chairs and activities that invite people to relax and have fun.

(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

 

VISUAL TEXT ANALYSIS.

 

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(Chin, Jasmine. Contemporary Art Gallery Floor 5 Te Papa Museum. Chin, Jasmine. 2016. Photograph)

Made in 1966 ‘The Family’ was hand carved by Paratene Matchitt in New Zealand, where this sculpture is placed in the ‘Maori Modern Art’ area. Three figures are horizontally aligned beside each other, made from wood and paint, to look like abstract beings with heads, legs and other identifiable gender parts. His ideas were based on Eurpoean modernism, showing a family that embodied a modernist European lifestyle, the text on the wall states, “the family grew out of trying to bring together a European world and a Maori world”, where he explores international modern art however keeps to the traditional Maori carving techniques. I believe that this artwork was deemed important to be housed because of its rich Maori traditions and European influence creating a link between Maori and European culture. The museum appreciates the works of our New Zealand identity as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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