April 15 - May 7, 2016
Curated by Sophie Bannan
The following extract is from a text written by curator Sophie Bannan, to accompany the exhibition House Studies.
"House Studies brings together work by artists that is the product (or work-in-progress) of exhaustive research into specific practitioners.
The work in this exhibition expands a certain logic, the logic here being understanding or knowing the thing and its facts. It looks widely beyond the thing, pulls in other things, disrupts the logic. This disruption is where a feeling can be made.
As a curatorial proposition, House Studies prioritises feeling over thinking.
Between the artists in this exhibition, and the practitioners that form the subject of their research, a fictional community of practice is formed.
There are ghosts in this room.
Some can be named: Olivia Spencer Bower, William Sutton, Pierre Bonnard, Marcel Broodthaers.
And some are less specific: St Kevin’s Arcade, 133 Manchester Street, the M.E. Mahoney house, Canterbury studio ceramics, the Central Otago hills, Olivia’s tussocks, a kiln with myths, the coast of the North Island, the remains of a Chinese settlement in Arrowtown...."
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List of works
Pelted Plains on Grass Mat, Leather and sheepskin, 2015
Working Wall, Denim and linen, 2014
Blouse and Trousers for Olivia Spencer Bower, Silk, 2015. Courtesy of Olivia Spencer Bower Trust
Anorak for Rowena Cade, Oilskin and silk, 2014
Bomber Jacket for Marilyn Waring, Denim and silk, 2014
Isle of Bechou Sark on Grass Mat, Grass and silk, 2015
Amuri County on Grass Mat, Grass, felt, metal and silk, 2015
The Garden of M.B.,16mm film projection, 2:30, 2013
Untitled (M. E. Mahoney ceramic), Polaroid, 2015
Untitled (M. E. Mahoney house), Polaroid, 2014
otago wildflowers AND the chinese poll tax AND bonnard’s colour I/II, Mixed media on board,
1220mm x 1530mm, 2015
Private Lodgings (William Sutton's Garden), Silver gelatin prints (editions of 1) 2016
Private Lodgings (William Sutton's Garden Drawing), Canvas, organic matter, 2016
Untitled, Glazed porcelain, 2016
Nina Oberg Humphries
3 Flights, 30 years and A Brown Paper Bag, Sound, 2015. Interviews courtesy of Radio NZ