Exhibitions

Reflections on Being by Alan Pearson

Reflections on Being

Alan Pearson

29 January to 17 February 2019

For over sixty years British-born Alan Pearson has been one of the outstanding proponents of pure painting in New Zealand art. His work, densely complex, restlessly explorative, remains true to the ethos of Neo-Expressionism, alive with gesture, emotion and insight, rarely rivalled for technical mastery.

Upcoming Room 1

Those are my f-ing shoes

Claudia Kogachi

19/02/19 to 10/03/19

'Those are my f-ing shoes' is the next series of work by Kogachi, depicting scenes of competition or dispute with her mother, where the popular domestic bystander, the dog, is introduced. Quintessential of her painted scenes, we find sport and fun paired with relational issues that are teased out for our entertainment. 'Those are my f-ing shoes' features Kogachi's bright, bold and comical canvases with guest appearances from the dog, the humble muted referee. "If only one could clearly communicate to their dog, my mother and I would have had years and years of third party opinion on our disputes."

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The Barnes Project

Brendan McGorry

12/03/19 to 31/03/19

Following a recent visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia McGorry again looks to art history and a lineage of painting to inform his very contemporary style of painting. Recreating the feel of the Barnes Foundation through charcoal rendering directly on the wall surrounding the repositioned historical compositions. With swirling mixes of translucent and opaque layers, dappled light and bold patterns the artist merges a multitude of techniques into his own unique style of painting.

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$ :-) by Eva  Dijkstra

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Eva Dijkstra

29 January to 17 February 2019

Eva Dijkstra’s bold and colourful work straddles the junction between painting, sculpture, art and design. Following in the tradition of minimalist paintings and shaped canvasses, but picking up where her precursors left off. Presenting itself as minimal, or even non-objective, it is only after closer investigation the true work presents itself. .

Upcoming Room 2

ANIVA

Vaimaila Urale

19/02/19 to 10/03/19

Aniva is a collection of sand on paper works presented as a large scale installation. The exhibition explores the artist's interest in collectivism and plays with notions around collective ownership, inclusive spaces and accessibility to art. The artwork operates as a constellation comprised of multiple visual elements and Samoan symbols, fundamental to Urale’s practice. Utilising a grid format as the framework, Aniva can also be appreciated as smaller individual artworks. There are 50 sand on paper works in total which combine to create the larger entity that is Aniva. Urale asserts a communal frame of reference to the work, continuing her deeply exploratory art practice.

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Higher Thought Forms

Wanda Gillespie

12/03/19 to 31/03/19

Wanda Gillespie's mystical sculptures and photographed actions seek to transcend the every day. By using both traditional and contemporary craft techniques she attempts to challenge historical ideas of the artefact. Gillespie often develops written pieces supporting her installations, researching and referencing real historical events, creating slippages between real and imagined. The sculptures then become artefacts, validating the existence of her invented cultures.

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