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Barry Cleavin: Portrayals & Betrayals

24 September - 25 October 2014

An exhibition of new etchings by Barry Cleavin.

Barry Cleavin has exhibited in New Zealand since 1969 and has made a significant contribution to the New Zealand printmaking landscape through his role as Senior Lecturer of printmaking at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts between 1978 and 1990. As a collection these works suggest that not all reactions or interpretations to things have to be literal. They may be interpretative. They do not have to be large or heroic in order to have resonance. These works are curated for a collective intimacy. They were born in different years but now join each other as ‘Portrayals and Betrayals’.

One series deals with something that is as innocent as music – listening to, and drawing (during a Christchurch winter) from Glenn Gould’s recorded (DVD) archives. These are small responses to the musical events – drawn, etched out, printed in ultramarine blue. They are portrayals of sounds as much of the performer in performance.

A second series of portraits – are responses to photographs of ‘Defendants’ who forfeited their lives during the Moscow Show Trials of 1938. The third series (in two parts – colour and black and white) are ‘responses’ to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘responses’ to profiles of people of his (real or imaginary) acquaintance.

Kathryn Madill: New Works

Born in Ruatahuna in 1951, Kathryn Madill graduated from the Canterbury University School of Art in 1971 with a major in printmaking. Kathryn's new mezzotints and monoprints evoke a haunting imaginary world of mysterious characters. "I was drawing people hanging around in the landscape in my black and white monoprints and started to introduce blue into the skies. From that blue colour I decided they were waiting for a blue train, and so the images for these monoprints and the series of mezzotints have grown from that idea. The mezzotints are train windows, either looking into the train or out from the train at the scenery going by."

Margaret Elliot: Eroding Defences

20 August - 20 September 2014

An exhibition of new paintings & prints by Margaret Elliot.

Born in Wanganui, Margaret gained a BSc in Chemistry followed by a Diploma of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Canterbury. Margaret has exhibited throughout New Zealand in solo and group shows in both public and dealer galleries and has received several awards and grants. In 1998 she travelled to Antarctica as a recipient of the Artists to Antarctica fellowship. Experiencing the stark and minimal forms of the Antarctic environment has had a profound influence upon her work.

"For over thirty years I have lived on the South coast of Wellington. The drama of the coastal environment continues to fascinate with dramatic weather changes and the force of the sea eroding both land and man made structures alike. After responding to the challenging landscape of Antarctica I am taking another look at my immediate environment. In the late 1980s I produced a series of works exploring the interaction of obsolete manmade structures and natural features in the coastal environment. I revisit Oruaiti reserve with a perspective altered by time and experience. Flanking the entrance to Wellington Harbour, these concrete bunkers built to withstand bombardment crumble and rust, unofficial galleries for graffiti artists and a frame for distant hills and pinnacled rocks."

Chris Adams: Spirit of Place

20 August - 20 September 2014

An exhibition of new mezzotint prints by Chris Adams.

Born in 1942, Chris Adams grew up in England and went to universities in London and Oxford. He was introduced to print making in 1987, through some inspiring teaching from Jill Macintosh, Kate Coolahan and Basia Smolnicki. In 1994, under John Drawbridge, Chris was converted to the Mezzotint faith. He is attracted to the velvety darkness of the mezzotint and its essential quality of mystery and stillness.

"These mezzotints celebrate the landscape of Wellington, a meeting-place of a geologically active land with the dramatic seas and skies of Cook Strait. Emigrants to this New World have radically modified the land, revealing its innate muscularity and sensual forms, but also leaving poignant remnants of the forest and their own strange monuments to the past – the spirit of place. The mezzotints are arranged to accompany an imagined emigrant (the Gerontius of one print) through arrival, a new life’s challenges and on departure, repose."

Recent Arrivals: Catherine Macdonald, Margaret Silverwood & Ben Reid

  • 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.

John Pusateri: phase transition

28 May - 5 July 2014

An exhibition of new prints and drawings by John Pusateri.

American born John Pusateri lives and works in New Zealand and is the founder of the Auckland Print Studio. John's work has frequently referenced museum exhibits from collections in New Zealand and in the US. To John a humble museum exhibit is more than just a scientific curiosity. It is simultaneously a real animal, a symbol for it’s species, a story of a particular animal, a pile of bones and feathers, a scientific notion and a hope for future survival. John Pusateri’s new works evolve through the layering of photography, drawing and painting in complex transitions that echo the shifting life of a 'specimen' and its context.

Patricia Bellan-Gillen: necessary fictions

28 May - 5 July 2014

An exhibition of works on paper by Patricia Bellan-Gillen.

Patricia is the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art at the Carnegie Mellon University, and has exhibited in over 40 solo exhibitions across the United States. Patricia’s works are exquisitely conceived works of print, drawing and collage. Private stories unfold within a tangle of garden at once magical but ominous. Her works carry layers of symbolism from popular culture, layers of meaning, layers of technique, and an invitation for the viewer to find their own meanings, “My work isn’t complete until someone tells me a story about it I don’t know.”

Kelvin Mann: Alphabet

12 April - 24 May 2014

An exhibition of alphabet etchings by Kelvin Mann.

As a child I have memories of hand painted signs and font books around my fathers signwriting workshop. Some years ago I was working on a series of drawings and illustrated drop caps based on Oscar Wilde’s fairytales.

After the birth of our first child I framed one of the drop caps for his bedroom. More drawings resulted from the births of close friend’s children and the idea of an illustrated alphabet was formed. This proved to be a fairly daunting task as there is no escaping the fact that there are 26 letters and at least one xylophone.

Nigel Brown: Waterfalls

5 March - 12 April 2014

This exhibition of works on paper springs from a waterfall visited during a Dusky sound trip in 2009 on the Pembroke with a number of artists; we were primarily there because William Hodges, Captain Cook’s artist, had been there before us.

I have been dealing with Cook since the early nineteen nineties. Since that Dusky visit I have painted this waterfall in ways connected with Hodges. What I am showing here in these waterfalls is a combination and a contradiction. I am showing a specific waterfall and the cliffs surrounding it. I’ve added a ponga and there is often a man and a woman, a dog maybe and vernacular undertones. Then this is overlaid with outside material and content I’ve introduced in the same way as Hodges altered what he saw. Each work is a topic and a stream of consciousness for the viewer to react with so the local is corrupted by, and added to by, the international which might come from my head or from my reading or the internet.

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