New Zealand based artist Gavin Hipkins employs a diverse range of photographic styles in his practice ranging from pictorialism and romanticism, through to high-end advertising aesthetics. In The Village, his new series of large-scale photographs, Hipkins utilises the commercial billboard format, combining images of tourist destinations in New Zealand and vernacular artefacts, such as a nineteenth-century model ship, with vivid blocks of colour strategically placed where one would anticipate an advertising brand or logo. Described by the artist as 'monumental gothic pop' his photographs evoke a sense of familiarity and nostalgia. Beneath the seductive surface however, there is a darker side. Both echoing and haunting, these works have gothic qualities similar to those found in horror films.
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