• Tira Walsh
Exhibition Information

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based artist Tira Walsh (Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Hauā and Tainui) presents Urbanize III, 2023, a vibrant digital vinyl print inspired by her residency at Karekare House and the sci-fi classic film, Tron (1982).

Walsh’s largest commissioned work, Urbanize III, 2023 combines her rural and urban landscape experiences into a singular scene rendered at an architectural scale. Presented on the windows of the Gallery’s South Atrium, it appears as if it has emerged from the streets and horizon lines of Tāmaki Makaurau and the Waitākere Ranges, its sweeps of blue, orange and yellow filtering the changing light of day.

Speaking about her work, Walsh says, ‘I hope to give the viewer’s retina a jolt, aiming to maintain a sense of rawness in [the work’s] making.’ A digital reproduction and photograph of one of her canvas paintings, evidence of Walsh’s hand and intention are present on a gigantic scale in Urbanize III, with the texture of the canvas and each layer of paint seemingly tangible. Dustings of aerosol paint contrast with hard-edged lines, occupying the window’s expanse and dazzling the viewer.

Urbanize III, 2023 is generously funded by Auckland Contemporary Arts Trust.

Curated by Nathan Pōhio