Psychedelic Wasteland

Rejecting minimal and mono-cultural aesthetics in favour of an exhilarating riot of colour and form, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland-based artist Jayden Plank creates paintings and sculptures that synthesize an investigation of the limitlessness of inner worlds and outer space.

Drawings from the visual languages of pop culture, psychedelic art and science fiction. Plank explores ideas of transcendence. His process is a combination of planned complexity and free form intuition. Raku clay is twisted like old gum, and fixed to laser-cut aluminum supports coloured by slick automotive paint. Sprinkled with glitter or fashioned from fiberglass, nothing should be surprising, and yet often is. Plank’s works appear curiously functional, with forms that evoke cumbersome gadgets of complex maps, and a conspicuous gleaming staff that commands significance through its ludicrous nature. Planks interest in spirituality and alternate realities informs his practice – his is a visual pursuit of a future that is both outlandish and strangely familiar.

Part of Artweek in the city centre.

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Last updated: 06 September 2020