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Shane Cotton

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Shane Cotton | New Zealand b.1964 | Red Shift 2006–07 | Synthetic polymer paint on canvas | 200 x 300cm | Purchased 2007. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Shane Cotton Red Shift 2006–07
Shane Cotton
New Zealand b.1964
Red Shift 2006–07
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
200 x 300cm
Purchased 2007. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Shane Cotton

Red Shift 2006–07

Shane Cotton’s paintings draw on both his Maori and European heritages, combining popular culture, art-canonical references and local oral histories of New Zealand. The title derives from an astronomical term that refers to the way the colour of galaxies changes to red as the universe expands and moves away from us. In this work, nine birds fly in a circle formation, giving the illusion that they are soaring up high, suspended mid-flight or falling into a void, conveying a tension and a sense of uncertainty. The birds are nondescript and are sourced from different locations around the world. Similarly, the rock has no New Zealand locality, having been taken from images of the Grand Canyon in the United States. Red Shift is the first work acquired by this major artist for the Collection.