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Recent Arrivals: Catherine Macdonald, Margaret Silverwood & Ben Reid

8 July - 16 August 2014

  • Margaret Silverwood
  • These pen and ink line drawings are an attempt to find out what I really think and feel, the stuff that gets ignored when your brain is just trying to help you survive external reality. A character had emerged in earlier drawings that I realised must be me... I used this character as a starting point, and each time I drew I would find out what was going to happen to me that day. Which had already happened, I just didn't know it yet.

    I drew the book "Waldoland" the same way. Each day I sat down to draw a page, that page was a reflection of what was right for the story on that day. I wanted to let things happen, rather than plan. The result is hard to categorise, but if I had to, I might call it (with some glee) a "spiritual adventure story".

  • Catherine Macdonald
  • We are social animals living in communities of strangers, this leads to all types of interactions, some brief and yet memorable others so frequent they become overlooked. It takes all sorts to make up a community, some of them are just people who pass us by in the street, people you only know to nod a greeting at but have enough clues to start to construct a narrative around. These people can trigger memories of past pleasures or pains and spark anticipation and speculation of future ones to come.

    They say life is a journey, so that being the case, each day we travel a little further on it, brushing up against people and places that can change our course for better or worse. From these interactions we construct stories our own or others; they can be based on speculation, fact, gossip or manipulated truths. There is truth somewhere in these works.

    There are some certainties, in our own way, we are going places. And for better or worse, that’s the fact of the matter.

  • Ben Reid
  • Ben Reid is a Christchurch-based printmaker whose interest in the fragile relationship that New Zealanders have with the natural environment and its ecosystems is complex. There are no easy solutions.

    Since 2005, the subject of Reid’s prints have encompassed hunting trophies, Victorian wallpaper patterns, native flora and fauna, exotic predators, Butcher shop signs, rabbits, Beswick ducks, wild deer, a lighthouse keeper’s cat and birds such as the Brown Teal and the Chatham Island Taiko. Reid brings together a myriad of references that draw attention to the complexity of a relationship with the natural world that has been both exploitative and beneficial to humanity. Yet Reid’s images retain a faith in the redemption of this relationship with nature.

    Please join the artists for an exhibition walk through and printmaking demonstration Saturday 12 July at 1.00pm.

    Catherine Macdonald, he anticipated their meetings with great joy
    drypoint on 255 x 355 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$550 incl GST framed; NZ$375 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, he claimed he was going places she reckoned he was going nowhere
    drypoint on 355 x 255 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$550 incl GST framed; NZ$375 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, he didn't gamble but he was one to push his luck
    drypoint on 185 x 265 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$400 incl GST framed; NZ$275 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, in a perfect world you long for imperfection
    drypoint on 265 x 185 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$400 incl GST framed; NZ$275 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, in their own way they were going places
    drypoint on 255 x 355 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$550 incl GST framed; NZ$375 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, it was the thrill of the chase that lived on in his dreams
    drypoint on 185 x 265 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$400 incl GST framed; NZ$275 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, she went in look of things that came to her on the wind
    drypoint on 185 x 265 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$400 incl GST framed; NZ$275 incl GST unframed.
    Catherine Macdonald, Untitled (dog)
    drypoint on 185 x 265 mm paper, from an edition of 10, 2014. NZ$400 incl GST framed; NZ$275 incl GST unframed.
    Margaret Silverwood, Womb Chair
    pencil and watercolour (framed) on 415 x 385 mm paper, 1 of 1, 2013. NZ$1100 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Braided
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Roller Skating
    Indian ink on paper (530 x 375), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Participating in a Meaningful Dialogue
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Forgotten Highway
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, A Difficult Birth
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, The Masquerade
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Never Had it So Good
    Indian ink on paper (365 x530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Hanging out with James K
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. Sold.
    Margaret Silverwood, Deep Breath
    Indian ink on paper (375 x 530), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, The Tryst
    Indian ink on paper (530 x 375), 1 of 1, 2014. NZ$350 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Waldoland
    self-published book on 210 x 148 mm paper, 2014. NZ$15 incl GST.
    Margaret Silverwood, Refurbished Interior
    pencil and watercolour (framed) on 445 x 610 mm paper, 1 of 1, 2013. NZ$1300 incl GST.
    Ben Reid, a rainy day
    intaglio on 540 x 395 mm paper, from an edition of AP, 2014. NZ$1300 incl GST framed; NZ$1000 incl GST unframed.
    Ben Reid, playing god
    intaglio, relief on 540 x 395 mm paper, from an edition of AP, 2014. NZ$1300 incl GST framed; NZ$1000 incl GST unframed.
    Ben Reid, landfall
    intaglio, relief on 540 x 395 mm paper, from an edition of AP, 2014. NZ$1300 incl GST framed; NZ$1000 incl GST unframed.
    Ben Reid, ratbag
    intaglio, relief on 540 x 395 mm paper, from an edition of AP, 2014. NZ$1300 incl GST framed; NZ$1000 incl GST unframed.
    Ben Reid, silent spring
    intaglio, relief on 540 x 395 mm paper, from an edition of AP, 2014. NZ$1300 incl GST framed; NZ$1000 incl GST unframed.