Roberto Paulet, The Battle of Sirte, Mutassim Gaddafi October 20, 2011 (oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm) Roberto Paulet, Ceausescu, Târgovişte 25 December 1989 (oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm) Mike Heynes, screen shot from Tyco and Vollmer Mike Heynes, screen shot from Tyco and Vollmer A vampire romance, images of dead dictators, the circulation of money and recently obsolete video technology are all used in astounding ways by Massey fine arts students exhibiting in Wellington this week.
Twenty-five students about to graduate from the College of Creative Arts' Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design degrees have work exhibited in Te Ara Hihiko and The Engine Room on the Wellington campus.
He moved to New Zealand with his kiwi wife in 2003 and teaches full-time at Heretaunga College in Upper Hutt."In Europe, painting has been in resurgence for at least 10 years,” he says.
“It is common for artists to comment on the flux of images from contemporary digital media.
In painting, I try to clean up the amount of imagery and give people a different way of looking at sometimes well-known pictures. ’”Jhana Millers is also trying to stimulate people to ask questions, through her master's project For the love of money.
"These artists reveal their curiosity, shared interests and challenges to diverse fields of knowledge such as science, medicine, history, geography and economics.”Among the exhibitors are: Jonathan Cameron, who says creating art around the theme of "toxic love" between humans and vampires has been “oddly fulfilling”.
“Part of me hates vampire fictions, such as Twilight, yet at the same time I’m immensely intrigued by it,” Mr Cameron says.
For his degree he developed an intricate, but generic, storyline about a human and a vampire who fall in love and marry, playing on an overused theme in current pop culture.
In the real world, he says, the relationship might be with an abusive partner – “someone you shouldn’t be interacting with”.
Elements in his exhibition include designs for rings of immense value fitted with vials of human blood and meticulously detailed to be faithful to the Victorian-Edwardian period required by the storyline.
Roberto Paulet’s master's project is a series of paintings of dead dictators.
He says his interest in how people view history arises from his native Romania.
“We didn’t have correct history until [the fall of communism in] 1989; it was fabricated,” Mr Paulet says.