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Commentary

New Zealand

Long White Dream Cloud

Miriam Harris

MARCUS WILLIAMS AND EUGENE HANSEN, Long White Dream Cloud, 1997, (detail) installation view.

A traveller stepping for the first time onto New Zealand's green, moist shores and crossing the concrete threshold of the George Fraser Gallery, might find the title of this show, 'Long White Dream Cloud', decidedly enigmatic. The title seems to conjure up images of a balmy blissfulness, remote from any usurpation or discord. For local viewers however, the words set internal bells ringing with a sense of slight unease.

'Aotearoa'…

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