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Jonathan Smart Gallery is delighted to present Liquid, Rachel Zanders’ first project in New Zealand for 10 years.


Liquid

January 26  - February 13, 2016

Rachel Zanders
 
Liquid - detail
 
Our times are characterised by the idea of change, against a backdrop that is liquid – always on the edge of invisibility. Questions of identity and positioning, where conflicting value systems are endlessly in play, seem to crowd in from every side.
 
Rachel Zanders experimental work aims towards mixing and dissolving boundaries. Her work acknowledges artists from the crucial period of innovation and change of the 1960’s, including the Arte Povera movement which promoted the use of everyday materials in protest to the dehumanising nature of consumer capitalism.

Focusing on the touch or meeting of two colours, a chain of colour coded objects made of interconnected parts – often situated between the centre and the margin of an object – implies an unfixed or hovering position.
A cloth backdrop suggests a provisional approach to painting, one that makes itself, eventually to be rolled or folded up for easy transportation.
Made up of multiple chairs, some structures suggest a community of interconnected parts, yet employ elements that can be easily broken, intimating failure or a sense of the incomplete.
 
 

Selected works

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Front Gallery
 
Liquid - detail
 
Meeting / Untitled (paint tin lids)
 
Untitled (paint tin lids)
 
Meeting
 
 
Back Gallery
 
installation - Incomplete Dialogue 2 / Chair
 
installation - Incomplete Dialogue 1 / Meeting / Structure 1
 
Incomplete Dialogue 1
 
Meeting
 
Structure 1 / Portable
 
Incomplete Dialogue 2
 
Incomplete Dialogue 2
 
Incomplete Dialogue 1 - detail   
Incomplete Dialogue 2 - detail

Chair     
Chair - detail

 

List of works

Front Gallery
Meeting   $1650
Untitled (paint tin lids)   $3300
Edge   $1650
Liquid   POA
Meeting   $1650
Portable   POA

Back Gallery
Structure 1   $3300
Meeting   $1650
Incomplete Dialogue 1   $3300
Chair   $3300
Incomplete Dialogue 2   $10,000
 

Rachel Zanders wishes to acknowledge Grant Close at Placemakers Riccarton,
and Wayne Murray for their support in the making of this exhibition.

 

 

The following images, taken by the artist during her 5 week residency at the gallery, illustrate the processes and experimentation undertaken during the project...

 

Process - installation view

Process - installation view

Process - installation view

Process - installation view