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Grey Matter: Recent Acquisitions from the Wallace Arts Trus

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When:

  • Wed 18 May ’16, 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 19 May ’16, 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 20 May ’16, 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 21 May ’16, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 22 May ’16, 8:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

9 April 2016 - 22 May 2016, Master Bedroom
Informally, ‘grey matter’ can refer to intelligence or mental capacity. For instance “I wish I had a little of her grey matter”. This colloquial interpretation stems from biological definition of ‘grey matter’. Scientifically the term describes the mass of neuronal cells that are involved in things like memory, speech and muscle control, it is also linked to a person’s wider sensory perception, ability to communicate, memory and decision making.

While the artworks selected for this exhibition are linked through the use of the achromatic colour, they are also examples of shrewd and clever explorations in contemporary art making. The artists use this traditionally sombre hue to intelligently communicate the concepts and ideas of their individual practices through experiments with materials and ways of working. Grey is the colour of neutrality and harmony. It is the scale of tones from which all other is compared. Matter is mass and materiality and the atoms from which everything is created.

Peter Gibson Smith utilises an antiquated mechanical instrument - a graph plotter – to create the intricate graphite-grey imagery that is layered over prepared paper panels. The panels are then fitted together to form the surface of the sculpture. While the end result is seemingly mechanically assembled it is in fact the result of hours of patient hand construction.

Julian McKinnon seeks to engage art as a vehicle for transformation, a psychological catalyst to deeper truths about existence and reality. He describes his art as a kind of conversation between him and the materials, and the result is the art. The shiny aluminium surface of … Tears in Rain is an astute use of a mundane material, bent and moulded to communicate his unique descriptive visual language.

Cat Fooks is inhabiting a creative and resistant space through her creation of Stacks, a body of work from which Requiem for a Colour comes. These objects are small in stature but make a monumental statement about mess, being organised and living an ordered existence. Fookes asks the viewer to consider the effect of having an unruly stack (of colour and form) in your life and how would such an object infiltrate and disrupt the ordered space of a personal environment.

The Wallace Arts Trust stages exhibitions of Recent Acquisitions on a regular basis throughout the year to acknowledge the support of the visual arts in New Zealand through the Trust’s on-going and active acquisition programme. A key activity of the Trust is the acquisition of works from both emerging artists and established practitioners for the Wallace Arts Trust Collection. The continuous collection of works provides for a ‘diary’ of contemporary New Zealand art practice with the Trust now holding over 8500 works in its Collection. The works in Grey Matter have been acquired by the Trust over the last 24 months.

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