21 January - 26 February 2017
I always start with a drawing or photograph of something that catches my eye in the external environment which I then work up into an idea in a painting.
'Energy' is an elegy to the future disappearance of the fossil=fueled motor vehicle.
'Emergency' is where someone has rushed inside to hire a drone in a state of panic due to an emergency, leaving the car door open.
'10 mins Max' refers to the time the person just visible at the left has allowed himself before moving on with his van.
“The minute you know your on safe ground. Your dead.”
Mapping the Plains
Globally, braided rivers are rare. They exist where there is a very specific combination of climate and geology. Across three million years the Southern Alps were gouged by glaciers, creating great quantities of gravel and sediment. Canterbury’s braided rivers were created as this material, flushed by rain and snowmelt, moved eastwards forming fan-shaped deltas that eventually joined, becoming one vast plain. This process also resulted in an underground labyrinth of aquifers.
I first became aware of the visual beauty of braided rivers in the 1980’s. My photographs from that time have always intrigued me: the rivers look like veins or arterties, bringing life to the land. This current work is the beginning of an exploration of this metaphor and an attempt to better understand these ancient waterways
His paintings are "internal landscapes. They have a physicality about them like landscapes, but they also have something more. People see things in them that I don't see". (1) “Currin’s work is …made major by a scope that encompasses not only the edgy physical attributes of its subject, but also the metaphorical implications, so that Currin actually captures the power, the darkness and the malevolence of the very thing that he paints.” (2) “The monochromatic and the atmospheric way forms in his paintings melt into one another exude a sense of mystery.” (3) “He paints as if mixing rare elixirs with rancid oils. He’s a lyricist in paint, coaxing moody landscapes out of tangled streaks and veils of colour. He’s a quester in search of lost time, remembering things past: the fall of shadow at a certain time of day, the spiritualised sunburst, and the cloud-splitting vista at dusk.
A recent series inspired by a visit to Te Rerenga-O-Wairua or Leaping place of spirits, Cape Reinga
Rosanne Croucher is an oil painter based in Auckland. Her landscape paintings emphasise illumination, harmony and mystery. She holds a Master of Design, and has participated in a range of exhibitions and awards, recently winning the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Painting and Printmaking Awards.
These paintings showcase a glimpse of our breathtaking natural landscape, sure to inspire unexpected fellings and thoughts. Composed and cropped from larger scenes, the locations feathured are un-named so a sense of both mystery and familiarity can be embraced.
Antonio Murado is a Spanish born artist, currently residing in New York, where he paints from his studio in Lower Manhattan. There, Murado keeps an extensive personal library of source material - photographs, drawings, books - all working to inspire his paintings.
Murado’s resulting surfaces have a sensuality and lusciousness seen in the work of few others. Working primarily on canvas, he achieves this through a layering of paint, then a sanding down of its surface. Turpentine and diluted dyes are also used to create shadow-like traceries of intertwining layers. A new flatness is achieved to which he applies a glaze of varnish to give the works their trademark gloss. The resulting works are “…both opulent and austere.” (Dominique Nahas, “The Critical State of Visual Art in New York”, Art in America, November, 1997)
Born Christchurch 1975, Edwards holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (1997). Finalist in the 1997 Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award and finalist in the recent 2013 Parkin Drawing Award. Edwards has exhibited regularly since 1998 and is represented by the Milford galleries Dunedin and the Chambers gallery Christchurch. He has work in numerous New Zealand collections including the Christchurch Art Gallery. Edwards lives and works in Christchurch.
Statement: My interest is the idea of landscape as an historical, conceptual, cultural and intricately physical construct. I am interested in landscape that cannot be read or understood at one glance, but that reveals itself slowly and in contradictory ways. These three works are all from various series undertaken over the years, but only Tikitapu has been exhibited previously.
Biography: Karen Crisp completed an MFA at the Elam in 2008, and works as a Technical Teaching & Learning Advisor (Photography) at the Unitec School of Design & Contemporary Arts.
Scott McFarlane was born in Wellington in 1966 and lives in Northland. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts, (Honours) Otago School of Art in 1993. He has exhibited regularly in New Zealand in private and public galleries and has works in numerous private and public collections.