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Anne Noble - Nieves Penitentes

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  • Tue 27 Mar ’12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 28 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 29 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 30 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 31 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 4 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 5 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 6 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 7 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 11 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 12 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 13 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 14 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 18 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 19 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 20 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 21 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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Bartley + Company Art, 56a Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

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Anne Noble

You are warmly invited to the opening preview and to meet Anne Noble, Tuesday 27 March, 5.30 - 7.30pm.

The evocative title of Anne Noble’s newest exhibition brings together the physical and the mystical that are so much at the heart of the Antarctic experience. The Spanish term names the distinctive tall snow and ice forms found in the Andes - named for their resemblance to the pointed hoods worn by penitents in Easter Parades throughout Spain and Latin America. Noble employs the term metaphorically to suggest the complex range of ideas at play in human engagement with the southern ice continent.

The exhibition may be seen as the culmination of the artist’s decade-long exploration of Antarctica and what she has called the Antarctic imaginary. As nieves penitentes seem to embody the ghosts of penitents, so too this exhibition of Noble’s references the ghosts of human history in Antarctica – a human history integrally entwined with a place that has never been a site of permanent human habitation. The faces of the great explorers, Scott and his team who perished 100 years ago, are forever embedded in the ice. The fumarolic ice towers on Erebus are imbued with memories of the Erebus tragedy.

As the project nears its end, this new exhibition pulls together many strands of this specific investigation and Noble’s broader practice. As with her earlier Parihaka project, where she photographed historic photographs to expose the subjectivity of history, here too she employs a similar strategy to generate, crystallise, a fresh and surprising way of seeing and representing history and landscape.

Noble’s project has been to critique and unpick clichéd representations of the heroic and sublime often associated with the Antarctic, to expose the delicacies of exploration and exploitation. Wit has been a key tool to help us see what is really there – from the almost nothingness of whiteout to the colour and gritty reality of scientific work in a challengingly inhospitable environment.

Nieves Penitentes brings Noble full circle. It is her reverential and original homage to Antarctica’s power and history.

The day after the opening, Noble’s new book Iceblink, exploring the space between reality and imagination as well as the phenomena of light on ice, will be launched at City Gallery Wellington. Her exhibition Bitch in Slippers with Lloyd Jones and Sarah Maxey, humorously catalogues the artifacts of the human presence in Antarctica. The three projects together show some of the huge trajectory of Noble’s Antarctic project.

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