Zena Elliott Exhibitions

Show & Tell

13 Feb - 9 Mar 2016

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Exhibition Works

Toutouwai - Forest Guardian
Chris Heaphy Toutouwai - Forest Guardian (2014)
Shadow Play - People of the Land
Chris Heaphy Shadow Play - People of the Land (2014)
Ovine Shroud
Cat Auburn Ovine Shroud (2015)
Cervine Shroud
Cat Auburn Cervine Shroud (2015)
Bovine Shroud
Cat Auburn Bovine Shroud (2015)
Wa
Zena Elliott Wa (2016)
Cultivate
Zena Elliott Cultivate (2016)
Tohora
Zena Elliott Tohora (2015)
Whai
Zena Elliott Whai (2015)
Peter Peryer
Reuben Paterson Peter Peryer (2016)
RuRu
Reuben Paterson RuRu (2016)
Black Forest Chocolate
Reuben Paterson Black Forest Chocolate (2016)
Te Ara Puawai
Reuben Paterson Te Ara Puawai (2016)
Amber Still Life
Wendy Fairclough Amber Still Life (2012)
Rockets
Wendy Fairclough Rockets (2012)
Murray River Cameo
Wendy Fairclough Murray River Cameo (2014)
Kiriwhakapapa Stream
Karl Maughan Kiriwhakapapa Stream (2016)
Kohitere Forest
Karl Maughan Kohitere Forest (2016)
Haukura Ridge
Karl Maughan Haukura Ridge (2016)
Te Wai-a-Nuku
Israel Birch Te Wai-a-Nuku (2015)
Te Wai-a-Rangi
Israel Birch Te Wai-a-Rangi (2015)
Dream State
Jenna Packer Dream State (2015)
Big Deal
Jenna Packer Big Deal (2016)
Pageant
Jenna Packer Pageant (2016)
Orion
Hannah Beehre Orion (2015)
Eagle
Hannah Beehre Eagle (2015)
Carina
Hannah Beehre Carina (2015)
Horsehead
Hannah Beehre Horsehead (2015)

Exhibition Text

Show and Tell commences the 2016 exhibition programme with new works from nine artists.

Hannah Beehre uses Swarovski crystals, gold and silver leaf, acrylic and dye on velvet to compellingly establish the illusion of deep space and starry nights. Filled with fluid waves of dye, lustre, colour and moments of wonder, they are at once endless visual journeys, inviting, mystical and strange.

Cat Auburn sculpts with leather, traversing time and materiality. Bovine Shroud is anthropomorphic in nature with strong religious dialogues and spiritual allusions. Auburn uses in her works suggestion, variable shadow and substance with great assurance and authority.

Wendy Fairclough is unlike any other New Zealand glass artist. Her works are still-life arrangements, demonstrating a broad array of virtuoso skills, a wonderful colourist’s sensibility and a panoramic language, as evidenced in works as diverse and accomplished as Murray River Cameo and Amber Still Life.

Jenna Packer paints modern parables, filled with satire, incisive wit and an unwavering point of view. Works such as Big Deal and Pageant examine the political and economic morality of our time and place.

Chris Heaphy’s paintings are time capsules, combining symbols, signs and history to commence a cultural and social journey where pictorial space is segmented, recomposed and used in intriguing ways. The overlays and silhouettes in Shadow Play – People of the Land present multiple dialogues about identity and presence. In Toutouwai – Forest Guardian Heaphy includes explicit environmental discourse and suggestions of hope.

Zena Elliott’s exploration of pattern and abstracted colour dynamics references numerous sources as diverse as Maori carving and weaving pattern, architecture and design which morph to become much more. Her work courageously combines figurative elements in front of abstracted space. A major exhibition of recent work will open shortly at Waikato Museum.

Reuben Paterson’s new works continue the acclaimed Aroma of Black series. Filled with paradox, constant change and illusory space, Paterson skilfully traverses textile traditions and Dutch still-life vanitas painting. The viewer becomes involved as each painting transforms with the effects of light and the induced memory.

Karl Maughan’s paintings of the landscaped garden are – ultimately – inventions. They are a fabrication, an ideal built upon the fabric of fact and the emotional reality of colour. They are so convincing that the viewer feels he should enter the work and go around the corner to see something already known.

Israel Birch’s new works are astonishing achievements. He uses light and pattern, spatial depth, surface contradiction, luminous colour and tonal variation with startling assurance. He uses carving and grinding techniques which retain their tactility. Te Wai-a-Nuku is a rhythmic masterwork. Te Wai-a-Rangi a ceaseless parade of pattern and visual phenomena.

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