Current Exhibitions

Whenua

20 Mar - 4 May 2021

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Exhibition Works

Elvy Stream Waterfall, Pelorus 2013
Wayne Barrar Elvy Stream Waterfall, Pelorus 2013 (printed 2015)
From the Banks of Waipahatu Toward Punehu Falls, The Catlins 2013
Wayne Barrar From the Banks of Waipahatu Toward Punehu Falls, The Catlins 2013 (printed 2015)
Viewing Platform At Bowen Falls, Milford 2003
Wayne Barrar Viewing Platform At Bowen Falls, Milford 2003 (printed 2004)
River Road I
Ross Ritchie River Road I (1992/93)
Topographical Object No. 17
Craig McIntosh Topographical Object No. 17 (2019)
Topographical Object No. 12
Craig McIntosh Topographical Object No. 12 (2019)
Topographical Object No. 13
Craig McIntosh Topographical Object No. 13 (2019)
Topographical Object No. 14
Craig McIntosh Topographical Object No. 14 (2019)
Furnishing the Land No. 3
Craig McIntosh Furnishing the Land No. 3 (2020)
Awatere Valley
Michael Hight Awatere Valley (2019)
Hurunui River
Michael Hight Hurunui River (2019)
Riding the Back of Highcliff, Dunedin (2)
Julie Bartholomew Riding the Back of Highcliff, Dunedin (2) (c. 1990)
Kauri / Kauri Bay
Karl Maughan Kauri / Kauri Bay (2019)
Sustainable Earth
Nigel Brown Sustainable Earth (2015)
In Tune with Nature
Nigel Brown In Tune with Nature (2018)
Human Planet
Nigel Brown Human Planet (2018)
Otama Flat Road - West of Gore
Dick Frizzell Otama Flat Road - West of Gore (2019)
Orepuki
Dick Frizzell Orepuki (2019)
Tapanui Hills
Dick Frizzell Tapanui Hills (2019)
Discus
John Edgar Discus (2014)
Element
John Edgar Element (2008)
Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - xxxiv
Garry Currin Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - xxxiv (2013/14)
Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - ii
Garry Currin Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - ii (2013/14)
Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - vii
Garry Currin Hints for the Incomplete Traveller - vii (2013/14)
Snow Shift
Neil Frazer Snow Shift (2017)
Cool Climb
Neil Frazer Cool Climb (2017)
Cases de Naturels (Baie des Iles)
Louis Le Breton Cases de Naturels (Baie des Iles)
Entrée de la Baie Des Iles (Nouvelle Zélande)
Louis Le Breton Entrée de la Baie Des Iles (Nouvelle Zélande)
Paua Venus
Paul McLachlan Paua Venus (2017/18)
Red Forest
Paul McLachlan Red Forest (2017/18)
Middle-Earth
Michael Shepherd Middle-Earth (2016)
Measure
Michael Shepherd Measure (2016)
Landscape
John Weeks Landscape
Giggans Cove
Sydney Lough Thompson Giggans Cove
Stanwell Bay, Kapiti Coast
Cedrick Savage Stanwell Bay, Kapiti Coast

Exhibition Text

Whenua is a conversation about land: our use of it, our spiritual relationship to it, the varied depictions of it.

John Edgar’s Discus (2014), Craig McIntosh’s Topographical Objects (2019) and Michael Shepherd’s Middle-Earth (2016) and Measure (2016) are variously comprised of rocks and seeds. Neil Frazer presents the monumental volume and menace of the alpine landscape, Dick Frizzell man-made patterns and repeated rhythms, Karl Maughan the path revealed between those suggested and still hidden.

Wayne Barrar uses light with the lilt of prayer, Garry Currin invents as he asks us to look and to be ready to see what will appear, Paul McLachlan evokes myth and personality forged by place and time.

Michael Hight establishes surreal dreamscapes of location, the legacy of behaviour and the passages of time. Louis Le Breton’s lithographs faithfully render the 1820’s Bay of Islands. SL Thompson, Cedric Savage and John Weeks plein-air paintings contain strong sensations of the artist’s line of sight.

Similarly, Ross Ritchie’s River Road I (1992/93) filled with acute sensations of being there with the painting emerging as if from below the viewer’s feet, also contains direct conversations from the artist about the process of painting, the role of line and conscious intervention. Nigel Brown’s studio works are replete with his pleas to change the way we behave and look after mother earth.

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