“The Weathering is a study in labour. Each of the works in this exhibition represents a considered examination; an investment of time and dedication. Using existing relationships and associations as a starting point these artists have worn down surfaces, chipped away at the edges and peeled back the layers to suggest new ways of looking at the world.” Curated by Karl Chitham, Co-ordinator Programmes & Education at Whakatane District Museum & Gallery, he brings us five New Zealand based artists who examine this notion each with their diverse methods and materials.
New Zealand born jewellers Rachel Bell, Ross Malcolm, and Shelley Norton all use found objects which beautifully transcend their origins as everyday shopping bags, plywood, and plastic scraps to bright and playful contemporary adornments. Each piece invites contemplation of society’s obsession with consumerism and insatiable appetite for consumption.
Dutch born painter Arie Hellendoorn explores the conventions of portraiture and representations of the human form with unexpected results. In stark contrast to the surrealist and abstract quality of Hellendoorn’s paintings, Korean artist Suji Park’s human and animal forms combine clay sculpture with illustrative watercolour and graphite detailing, are reminiscent of ancient archeological treasures found preserved under glass in museums.
In addition to visiting The National’s current exhibition, director Caroline Billing has a wonderfully compelling selection of contemporary jewellery for purchase. The NG Space in which The National has found its temporary home following the quakes, is home to NG Boutique stocking Sharron Ng’s contemporary fashion designs side by side cutting edge european designer brands. Another gallery space on the first floor, has just opened its doors to a new exhibition, Out of Place, part of The Christchurch Art Gallery’s Outer Spaces programme, which runs until 26 August.
The National, NG Space, 212 Madras St, Christchurch
Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5pm
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