Evan Woodruffe, Remain Medicated (pills), 2019. Acrylic and varnish on mineral supplement, 2 x 0.7 x 0.7cm each. Courtesy: the artist and Paulnache, Gisborne.
Our condition is complex; we negotiate a civilisation that brings unparalleled learning and comforts that also suffers from the costs of these achievements. We exist offline and online almost simultaneously, a fluid reality that shifts our horizons both further away and closer to us.
While it is important not to ignore the pain of our condition, it is also critical to refuse to submit to it. Woodruffe’s new exhibition offers medicine to excite our senses, to incite thought and promote the joy of being human. His complex, colourful paintings echo Nietzsche: “we have art in order not to die from the truth.”
Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Friday 5 April 2019