This blog is intended to let you all know that our current and very beautiful exhibition ‘Tidal,’ is open for an extra week. The show will be de-installed on Sunday the 29th so if you have not managed to visit the gallery recently it really is worthwhile popping in to catch this exhibition with its diversity of high quality works.
On Saturday the 4th of June, the gallery opens another exciting exhibition one that we have been looking forward to very much! The premise of this show is very different for us. It features three highly regarded New Zealand artists who will inhabit the Vivian Gallery, making new works and installing art works that they have created for this show. The public is invited to visit over this period to check out what is happening and of course to chat and ask any questions. Iain Cheesman, Wayne Youle and Jacquelyn Greenbank will collaboratively install their individual works, with much of the work being assembled on site, utilysing an assortment of local materials. It does feel inspirational to be welcoming this great threesome and be the first location by which their exciting project ‘Post Midden’ gains its momentum. The playfulness and the unknown factors that will pop up around this experience will feed into a larger on going project, titled – ‘The hanging margins of Babbling-On', which is envisaged to develop with ongoing exhibitions in differing locations, where an atmosphere of locality bends the process of each of our three individual art processes.
We will, I know, drink a lot of tea and there will be laughter!
Please set some time aside and come for a visit to the gallery. We can promise you the best time.
Part 1 of: 'The Hanging Margins of Babbling-On' Project
For Artists: Wayne Youle, Jacquelyn Greenbank and Iain Cheesman.
For this exhibition at the Vivian Gallery, Matakana, we will be looking at relationships between the materiality of objects and associations with aspects of human history.
History will be on both a local level and also aspects of world human history.
Local history is pursued on more of a structural level, where the emphases of local materials are discussed. For example: Clay, Timber, Rocks, food such as Kai Moana through to more introduced produce. We are also interested in the physical nature of the first remnants of human occupation; that is with the existence of middens; from food harvest, cooking and of course eating.
‘Post Midden’ is our review of what we might like to leave behind or have discovered, and hopefully protected, long after we personally cease to exist.
The actual process of making and installing the exhibition is an important factor for this project, not just from the physical enactment of the hanging gardens of Babylon and the reveal of the ‘Post Middens’, but also the meeting of three artists work, which has been made remotely and separately. The meeting at the gallery for installation will also be a time for more collaborative making, last minute conversations with local materials.
For each of us there is an unknown factor of each other’s artwork, as we join forces, there will be a process that is a bit like a manufacture of history; a formation of a visually tumbling and cascading collaborative artwork.
We also believe that, this project will have a sense of ‘theatrical comedy’ in its structure, with artists intentionally playful within their individual studio practice.
The hanging margins of Babbling-On' Project is envisaged to develop with ongoing exhibitions in differing locations, where an atmosphere of locality bends the process of each of our three individual art processes. While it is a ‘play on words’; we will use its sense of confused reality as a framework for art production, based on subjective imagination, and the tentative nature of material remnants.
Jackie, Iain and Wayne.