is a new body of work from Christchurch artists Aaron and Hannah
Beehre. Tag-team collaborators - Aaron the designer, Hannah the painter
- their works have always danced around the lines of graphic design,
and painting within the white walls of the gallery. Best known for
their abstract graphic style this most recent offering has the
unexpected introduction of the figure, realistic hummingbirds and
orchid flowers caught within a techno-landscape of lyrical geometric
shapes. There is a sense of the still moving, of graphic codes and
painterly patterns emerging to suggest an underlying organic order, or
the perpetual rotation of a screensaver. Hummingbird and orchid inhabit
a hybrid of real and virtual space. While intensely crafted (Hannah’s
patience with surface and finish is immaculate), these works are
charged with energy. There is a generosity that is playful and full of
narrative potential. The Beehre palette is rich, sumptuous even. The
hummingbirds are suspended in time, caught in mid-flight with further
action elsewhere, just beyond the frame. These are starting points in
which to draw stories from.
The Beehres have always been
playful, offering us intensity and a commitment to detail that is
presented within the currency of youthful consumption, culture and
style – a sense of pop, of the market driven and the temporal. For the
future is quickly upon us (is it not?), and these works revel in their
All works are acrylic and water based oil on board from 04/05.
Hannah Beehre would like to acknowledge the support of the Olivia Spencer-Bower Foundation.