Friday, March 9, 2012

Wellington Vist.

Finally made it back down to Wellington for a more focused look around.

The highlight for me, was The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture at City Gallery, (Welllington).

From the Press Release:
Sculpture has re-established itself as one of the most vital art forms for today. The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture calls together recent New Zealand sculpture which foregrounds the making of and engagement with objects and object-ness as central to the experience of the medium. The artists in this exhibition rework conventional sculptural modes and materials, insisting that sculpture is something to be made and physically encountered by its audience in real space and real time.
Spilling out of City Gallery into its non-spaces, surrounds and the city, The Obstinate Object brings together recent work by some of New Zealand’s most compelling artists. Working in a variety of sculptural modes, with a wide range of materials and concerns, each reinforces the ‘object-ness’ of sculpture as a pressing concern. Questioning the increasingly blurred line between sculpture, installation and performance, this exhibition empowers the sculptural object at a time when the value of objects is under constant scrutiny.

I also caught Heather Straka @ Paige Blackie, The Horrorscope show @ Enjoy, Irene Ferguson @ Suite (on Cuba St), Andrew McLeod @ Peter McLeavey, Warwick Freeman @ Bowen Galleries and the inaugural group show at a new space on Cuba St. called the Ramsey Mortimer Gallery. Hamish McKay Galley and Robert Heald were closed/installing and the Dowse Art Museum was only half open, which was a disappointment.
Rohan Wealleans at the Dowse Art Museum

Looking forward to my return (hopefully) in more ways than one.

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