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'Out of the Fire' - The Coker Family Show

'Out of the Fire' - The Coker Family Show

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  • Mon 7 Dec ’09, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Tue 8 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 14 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 21 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 Dec ’09, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Jan ’10, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jan ’10, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Jan ’10, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Jan ’10, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Quiqcorp Gallery, 155 High St, Christchurch Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Opening Monday 7th December at 5.30pm.

A'Out of the fire'

A Family Show - December 2009

Opening 7th December at 5.30pm

Venue: Quiqcorp Art Space, 155 High Street.

You are warmly invited to attend an exhibition mainly consisting of works by Canterbury artist and graphic designer - Mike Coker. A selection of previously unseen abstract landscapes and new ink line drawings which will be supported with illustrations by his son's Matthew and Thomas, and will debut a limited edition artists style children's picture book "Noah" written by Caroline Coker. It is expected to be an evolving show full of interest.

All welcome.

What is in the show?

Ten previously unseen abstract paintings together with five new ink line drawings.
Two exciting works by Matthew and Thomas Coker entitled 'Big Gold Car' and 'Robot Rainbow'.
A collaborative work in the creation of a childrens story book 'Noah', written by Caroline Coker – and in its current form it is a picture book without pictures. Made as an artists book, 'Noah' was designed to create typographic pause, flow and speed, and is wonderfully bound in a unique format, hand stitched by printer and master bookbinder Matthew Hinman.
About Mike Coker

Initially influenced by experiences of international and national travel, Mike continues to explore the concept of personal journey and the state of liminality and transition. His early works are absent of definite objects within the landscapes, the works are broken into simplified visual fields – while his more recent works cast signs into focus and allow the landscape to partake as a simple ink line.

Mikes paintings through 2005 - 2007, typically are represented by layers of colour and graphite over-rubbing which allow the initial base colours to present themselves differently from their original character and form. “The edge of the work, where paint and ink sits next to raw paper, is about control and definition and conveys the message that all vision is framed by self”. Graphite lines and other such markings of his process and treatment within the raw edges reveal something of the work’s creation. They reflect the unique characteristics an individual brings with them to a journey, the environment, and the period of transition.

In the past few years much of Mikes time has been devoted to the development of his design and web business, with an art space at its front. While spare time has been at a minimum, Mike has been quietly creating new works. This show captures a glimpse of his overall direction to date – and displays growing fascination with simple use of signs and symbols in order to express stories.

Mike studied at the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and returned in 1998 to complete an Honours year. He is influenced by the works of Nigel Brown, Colin McCahon, Len Lye and most importantly by the work and attitude of the late Max Hailstone, a brilliant and inspiring typo-graphic designer/tutor .

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