Fall Of Water, Fall Of Light

Fall Of Water, Fall Of Light

Exhibition Details

Fall of water, fall of light takes Colin McCahon's Waterfall series (1964) as its starting point, and considers the responses of four other New Zealand artists to waterfalls and the force of nature in their own work. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with William Hodges: The Art of Exploration as McCahon's series was created in response to seeing Hodges' paintings when last on display in this Gallery more than 40 years ago.

Despite their source, McCahon's works are quite abstracted reducing waterfalls to the basic element of a column of water falling through space. Petrus van der Velden depicts cataracts that cut through the land, falling thunderously into boiling pools and torrents. Denis Glover's poem captures the majesty and might of the environment and its atmosphere, creating an imposing verbal image. Bill Culbert's work is similarly evocative, suggesting not only the fall of water, but also the way water emits lights. Mark Adams also responds to Hodges' works, but his panoramic vistas are somewhat deceptive, recording more than the eye can see. While only the work of McCahon and Adams make direct reference to William Hodges, each of the works offer a personal response to the sublime power and force of nature.

Date
Location
Main Gallery

Related Artworks

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On display

Mount Rolleston and the Otira River
Mount Rolleston and the Otira River

Petrus van der Velden

On display

Production date
1893
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
775 x 1080 x 55 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
U/331
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Not on display

Otira Gorge
Otira Gorge

Petrus van der Velden

Production date
1912
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1845 x 1330 x 57 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1913
Accession no
1913/4
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Not on display

Cascade
Cascade

Bill Culbert

Production date
1986
Medium
plastic bottles, fluorescent tubes
Size (h x w)
1524 x 2438 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1988
Accession no
1988/6/2
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Not on display

Indian Island, 360 degree panorama after William Hodges' "View in Dusky Bay"
Indian Island, 360 degree panorama after William Hodges' "View in Dusky Bay"

Mark Adams

Production date
02 Aug 1998-10 Aug 1998
Medium
gelatin silver print toned with gold
Size (h x w)
414 x 520 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/9/2/1-8
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Not on display

Waterfall
Waterfall

Colin McCahon

Production date
1964
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
2133 x 908 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1967
Accession no
1967/28/2
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Not on display

View in Pickersgill Harbour after William Hodges, 17 May 1773
View in Pickersgill Harbour after William Hodges, 17 May 1773

Mark Adams

Production date
17 May 1995
Medium
gelatin silver photographic prints toned with gold
Size (h x w)
560 x 450 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Accession no
2001/9/1/1-3
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Not on display

Study for Otira Gorge
Study for Otira Gorge

Petrus van der Velden

Production date
circa 1912
Medium
watercolour, gouache and charcoal
Size (h x w)
735 x 535 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1959
Accession no
1959/3
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Not on display

Otira Gorge
Otira Gorge

Petrus van der Velden

Production date
circa 1911
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1935 x 3013 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1988 - Painting restoration sponsored by Martelli McKegg Lawyers
Accession no
1988/39/1
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The first waterfall
The first waterfall

Colin McCahon

On display

Production date
1964
Medium
oil on jute canvas on board
Size (h x w)
850 x 747 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/18
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Not on display

After William Hodges' 'Cascade Cove', 21 May 1995
After William Hodges' 'Cascade Cove', 21 May 1995

Mark Adams

Production date
1995
Medium
gelatin silver prints
Size (h x w)
580 x 463 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Deane Endowment Trust, 2005
Accession no
2005/26.1-4
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Not on display

Otira Gorge (Sketch)
Otira Gorge (Sketch)

Petrus van der Velden

Production date
1891
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
990 x 706 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1958
Accession no
1958/8