Quint Baker's new exhibition, Antagonist Freak Show, is unlike anything Otautau has ever seen. It is full of disruptive, edgy pieces like the mermaid pictured left. Unfamiliar, uneasy figures, video, graphics and an eery soundscape make for an experience that gnaws at and incites the psyche.
|Visitors and Quint (right) discussing a piece.|
|Psychic Cat'z Golden Fleece|
Quint's show antagonises the mind with images that one may soon not forget. The experience challenged me to accept rather than turn away and to see what I could relate to. And though there are no labels by each piece, there is a fair amount of local content represented if you look closely. I, unfortunately, didn't recognise it, but one photo shows the burnt down Wairio Church.
The show will appeal to audiences open to the unconventional and abstract, and those with an appreciation of the boundlessness of the creative process. Teenagers can probably relate to it easily.