The Happy Place

Brit Bunkley

17/11/15 to 30/11/15

Brit Bunkley’s art explores the tension between nature and culture – something increasingly mediated through computers. Working digitally, Bunkley plays unsettlingly with the quicksand material that is nature manipulated, altered and industrialised. He gives nature a shunting, mechanistic sheen: things aren’t quite right; there is a ghost in the machine.

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Choice Chance Change

Anita Levering

03/11/15 to 15/11/15

Anita Levering’s painting-based research explores issues connected to chance and intentionality, examining the unpredictability of external forces and chance procedures in the creation of abstract paintings. In her practice, Levering investigates the materiality of paint using addition, dissolution, accumulation, and subtraction or un-doing.

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Year of the Bull

PJ Paterson

13/10/15 to 01/11/15

The invention of digital photography in 1975, and subsequent computer programs that enabled photographers to alter and add to their pictures, changed photography profoundly. It suddenly became much more than ‘point and shoot’; more than just being on the spot at the right time. Critics and the public realised that the digital age opened up a whole new field of creativity, providing new tools to make art. Painters no longer had a monopoly on the invented image. The challenge hadn’t changed – bad photographers could and would still make bad work. But good photographers could now become visionaries.

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Theoria

Linda Holloway

29/09/15 to 11/10/15

Linda Holloway’s latest paintings refuse to stay still. Huge grids of metallic and matte squares respond and react to light, appearing to shimmer and shift as you approach them.

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20 / 20 Book Launch Group Exhibition

Various Artists

15/09/15 to 27/09/15

This exhibition celebrates the launch of Sanderson Contemporary's new publication "20 / 20: Twenty Artists, Twenty Writers, One New Zealand Gallery."

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New Work

Ray Haydon

25/08/15 to 13/09/15

Through laborious work and constant experimentation Ray Haydon has developed processes to generate a seamless elegance in his sculpture, curving linear materials to create fluid forms that appear to be in flux. Working directly into his chosen medium, or sometimes mapping out ideas with maquettes, Haydon lets his fascination with movement and fluidity play out in abstract expressionist sculptures on both monumental and intimate scales.

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Gem

Shintaro Nakahara

11/08/15 to 23/08/15

Shintaro Nakahara’s studies in pure colour are played out in his vast, calligraphic paintings that joyfully defy any accepted notion of colour theory. Crisp, even sequences of intense (sometimes lurid) colour diverge, align, and intersect across the surface of his works, in combinations that simultaneously bewilder and delight the viewer. His fields of flat, solid colour, defined by razorsharp lines, retain the overall surface consistency used by the Colour Field artists of the mid-twentieth century.

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New Geometries

Karyn Taylor

21/07/15 to 09/08/15

Karyn Taylor is interested in the space between the potential and the actual, the transitional state between energy and matter. Her starting point is the idea of quantum superposition, a state in which all potentials of a physical system exist simultaneously before ultimately collapsing into a single variant.

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Mi Tierra

Cruz Jimenez

30/06/15 to 19/07/15

Cruz Jimenez possesses an idiosyncratic, anamorphic lens that allows him to look into the middle distance between the figurative and the completely abstract. A glance back at his past work turns up lofty images of sweeping painterly colours – forever oscillating away from the overtly figurative and back to it. In his most recent work, he has sought the figure once again, presenting it in a way that only he can.

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[ 195 ]

Various Artists

23/06/15 to 28/06/15

Inspired by our wildly popular 150 x 150 x 150 exhibition, [ 195 ] is our new iteration of this affordable art concept. All works in the show will be 195mm on at least one dimension and will be priced at a mere $195!

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New Work

Simon Kaan

02/06/15 to 21/06/15

Simon Kaan describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’, animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self. The images he creates, like the work of the late Ralph Hotere, can be viewed through an allegorical window.

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Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards

Various Artists

26/05/15 to 31/05/15

Each year, four Auckland Art schools are asked to nominate their top Honours and Masters students for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award, a non-acquisitional monetary award given to help launch emerging artists into successful careers in the arts.The winning artist will also be invited to mount a solo exhibition at Sanderson Contemporary in 2016.

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On Line: Recent Drawings

Liam Gerrard, Stephen Ellis, Aaron King Cole, Brendan McGorry, Yoshiko Nakahara and Lea Anne Sheather

12/05/15 to 24/05/15

This exhibition features the work of contemporary artists using drawing as their primary medium. Rather than presenting drawings as studies, or as steps towards painting, artists in this exhibition have utilised the unique possibilities of drawing media to create engaging and complete works.

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From the Balcony: Alan Pearson at the Opera

Alan Pearson

21/04/15 to 10/05/15

This exhibition represents a selection of paintings and drawings made during Alan Pearson’s sojourn in southern Italy and London in the 1980s. The opera series was exhibited in New Zealand in 1986-87 after which they were placed in storage. In London Pearson ventured into the Royal Opera house, Covent Garden to draw the interior. For him to unite his two loves, painting and opera, was ideal subject matter. In England and Italy Pearson re-visited beloved painters from the Baroque and Rococo periods, those influences, combined with his natural vibrant Expressionism, inspire this series of bravura paintings.

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Wilds

Damien Kurth

31/03/15 to 19/04/15

Damien Kurth's objects have tended to be domestic: familiar empty vessels. In recent work, his selections have become more self-aware. Jars, lids, brushes, tape; the contents of a million painters' studios. Turning painting back on itself in this way is no new trick, but the frankness of these meta-representations makes them compelling. In juxtaposing the surface effects of a painting (the agency of the painting itself) with objects symbolic of this process of creation, Kurth both presents and represents ‘painting’.

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New Work

John Oxborough

10/03/15 to 29/03/15

John Oxborough’s latest paintings examine and challenge the conventions of portrait painting in the artist's characteristic Expressionist style. With brilliant colour underpinning the series, Oxborough’s exhibition is a confection with vivid blue and yellow to luminous copper and sienna.

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New Work

Liam Gerrard

17/02/15 to 08/03/15

The line that first comes to mind when I view the work of Liam Gerrard is a well-worn Hollywood quotation, ‘You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!’ as uttered by an indignant Jack Nicholson in the film A Few Good Men (1992). Gerrard presents a realism that spits a similar sentiment. He apprehends our desire to ‘perve’ at aesthetically beautiful things and people by giving us a few truths we may struggle to look at; ugliness executed with absolute beauty. The artist presents immaculately crafted drawings and leaves us to our own eisegesis.

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Sculpture

Brit Bunkley, Ben Foster, Ray Haydon, John Mulholland, Martin Selman, Karyn Taylor

27/01/15 to 15/02/15

To celebrate the summer we have put together a sculpture exhibition, featuring some of our most popular artists as well a couple of exciting new-comers. The exhibition focuses on both outdoor sculpture and smaller works for the interior, with a focus on beautifully conceived and finely finished objects. The artists in this exhibition work with a wide range of materials and concerns, while each is critically aware of the viewer’s experience of three-dimensional space as the central tenet of the medium.

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Summer Catalogue Show

Group Exhibition

16/12/14 to 25/01/15

Featuring exciting new work from our stable of artists, our Summer Catalogue offers a glimpse of what is in store for the gallery for the next 12 months.

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