"White filmed this work at sites of industry in the Wairau Valley that were abandoned during the 2021 Covid-19 lockdown. The film opens with the central figure repeating a classically Sisyphean gesture, struggling to push a heavy dumpster up the steep inclines of an industrial carpark and repeatedly losing ground. As a reluctant bureaucrat, this feels kind of personal, actually. The dilation of time during the Covid-19 lockdowns felt slow, acute, and confounding, and often like trying to walk—or think—through mud."
This work was originally commissioned by CIRCUIT in 2022 to be shown in Masons Screen, a public video art screen in Wellington's CBD.
Installation view of Scenic Journey (2022) Gabriel White, at Masons Screen, Pōneke (2022)
Speaking to a handheld camera, the artist weaves monologues into intricate, whimsical mappings of his surroundings.
Speaking to a handheld camera as he wanders far (and not-so far) flung regions, the artist weaves monologues into intricate, whimsical mappings of his surroundings.
One of a series of clips shot in 2021 around Auckland on a cell phone which offer a subjective, playful map of the city in all its sprawling glory.
3 New Works in a Year of Protest and Pandemic
Louie Zalk-Neale, Gabriel White, and Jamie Berry showed new work on Masons Screen in Wellington's CBD while people protested against the vaccine mandates, and Aotearoa tipped in and out of lockdowns.