Current Exhibitions

Fauna

5 Jun - 27 Jul 2021

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Exhibition Works

Cook's Folly (36000)
Lisa Reihana Cook's Folly (36000) (2017)
PELT - Sabino
Lisa Reihana PELT - Sabino (2010)
PELT - Pilosus
Lisa Reihana PELT - Pilosus (2016)
Seascape
Andrew McLeod Seascape (2010/11)
Head Shrine
Terry Stringer Head Shrine (2020)
Balthus and His Model
Terry Stringer Balthus and His Model (2008)
Model with Sculptor's Hands
Terry Stringer Model with Sculptor's Hands (2017)
Dancing Clown
Terry Stringer Dancing Clown (2020)
Biosphere Crisis
Nigel Brown Biosphere Crisis (2015)
Human Animal
Nigel Brown Human Animal (2017)
Cold Snap
Joanna Braithwaite Cold Snap (2017)
Waiting Game
Joanna Braithwaite Waiting Game (2017)
Huia Talks to Death (Smaller Study)
Paul Dibble Huia Talks to Death (Smaller Study) (2019)
Untitled (Palm Tree and Sheep)
Paul Dibble Untitled (Palm Tree and Sheep) (2011/15)
Godwits Do Fly
Paul Dibble Godwits Do Fly (2019)
The Departing of Souls
Paul Dibble The Departing of Souls (2019)
Tiki S3
Neil Adcock Tiki S3 (2020)
Tiki S4
Neil Adcock Tiki S4 (2020)
Tiki /1
Neil Adcock Tiki /1 (2020)
Tiki /6
Neil Adcock Tiki /6 (2020)
Sea Bird Form
Chris Charteris Sea Bird Form (2020)
Bird Form
Chris Charteris Bird Form (2020)
Kaitiaki
Chris Charteris Kaitiaki (2018)
Magpie Feather
Neil Dawson Magpie Feather (2020)
Macaw Feather
Neil Dawson Macaw Feather (2020)
Kahu / Swamp Harrier
Tania Patterson Kahu / Swamp Harrier (2021)
Tūī
Tania Patterson Tūī (2021)
Piwakawaka / Fantail
Tania Patterson Piwakawaka / Fantail (2021)
Kōtare / Kingfisher [24397]
Tania Patterson Kōtare / Kingfisher [24397] (2021)
Kotuku Waits
Chris Heaphy Kotuku Waits (2016)
Here Comes the Sun
Chris Heaphy Here Comes the Sun (2018)
Perfect Day
Chris Heaphy Perfect Day (2018)
Waiata Whakapapa
Chris Heaphy Waiata Whakapapa (2020)
Arataki Black
Chris Heaphy Arataki Black (2020)
Ngā Manu a Māui: The Birds of Māui I
Robert Jahnke Ngā Manu a Māui: The Birds of Māui I (2009-12)
Ngā Manu a Māui: The Birds of Māui IV
Robert Jahnke Ngā Manu a Māui: The Birds of Māui IV (2009-12)
Hakatere
Michael Hight Hakatere (2018)
Aparima
Michael Hight Aparima (2020)
Hurunui River
Michael Hight Hurunui River (2019)
Bedtime
Dick Frizzell Bedtime (2008)
Horseshit
Dick Frizzell Horseshit (2015)
Down by the Lake
Dick Frizzell Down by the Lake (1985)
The Seduction of Zealandia
Jenna Packer The Seduction of Zealandia (2013/14)
Ringside
Jenna Packer Ringside (2016)
Evolving Jaunt
Andy Leleisi'uao Evolving Jaunt (2019)
Pa'ceania Part 2 - III
Andy Leleisi'uao Pa'ceania Part 2 - III (2010)
Oscillate People Part II
Andy Leleisi'uao Oscillate People Part II (2014)
Waking up to the Obscurity People - Part IV
Andy Leleisi'uao Waking up to the Obscurity People - Part IV (2014)
Tributary
Susanne Kerr Tributary (2019)
The Wanderer
Susanne Kerr The Wanderer (2016)
Silk Song
Susanne Kerr Silk Song (2020)

Exhibition Text

Fauna looks at the animal and human life of our place in the world.

Dick Frizzell takes us to Lake Virginia, Wanganui in Down by the Lake (1985) where a nude man carouses with swans: then to the graphic routines and rituals of Bedtime (2008) and on to the rural symbolism of road signs in Horseshit (2015). Joanna Braithwaite, characteristically imbuing animals with human attributes reminds us of the great peril of our time. In Human Animal (2017) and Biosphere Crisis (2015) Nigel Brown poignantly pleas for action beyond mere words. Tania Patterson and Paul Dibble, wise to the beauty and spiritual symbolism of our native birds, let stories be told.

Chris Heaphy uses the alluring allegories of birds, flowers, and silhouetted vignettes in a conversation about culture, identity and time. Neil Dawson places single feathers as signifiers of beauty and iridescence that become metaphors of what we value. Andrew McLeod links the myth of mermaids, Italian Renaissance and sea life with a sense of order in the universe. Terry Stringer’s classicism, morphing figures and portions of faces and bodies move back and forth between spiritual discourse and celebration of the human condition.

Andy Leleisi’uao constructs visual parables where animals have human faces, seahorses are carried on poles, where signs and symbols populate the environment and are being carried about, where the rituals of ceaseless work are seen. Jenna Packer conflates the body-building vanity and the New York stock market symbolism of the iconic bull into a narrative about what is at risk and is being lost as we pray to the demigod of money. Michael Hight, playing about with scale and the language of objects builds contrasts and visual tensions, using memory and the disorder of dreams as story-telling devices and components.

Chris Charteris seeks the spiritual and emblematic in stone. Lisa Reihana in Cook’s Folly (2017) revisits Cook’s voyages in the Pacific. In PELT – Sabino (2010) and PELT – Pilosus (2016) Reihana using the plumage of ostrich feathers blends animal and human together in a secular fiction, part utopia part dystopia that whisks myth and a possible future together.

Robert Jahnke in Nga Manu a Maui: The Birds of Maui (2009-12) using the ubiquitous pattern of the sighting scope of a gun, stencilled text and silhouetted shapes builds a deeply nuanced lament about what we have done. Neil Adcock using pounamu unites the stylised language of the tiki form with the occlusions of pounamu. Landscapes are built, distinct personalities evoked.