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Talking Drawing: Kathy Barry, David Cauchi and Matt Ellwood

Talking Drawing: Kathy Barry, David Cauchi and Matt Ellwood

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  • Sat 16 Apr ’16, 2:00pm


Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Please join us for a lively conversation with three artists who each treat drawing as central to their practice. This panel discussion, moderated by Adam Art Gallery Curator Stephen Cleland, will delve into each of these artist's approaches to the medium within the context of the exhibition Linie Line Linea: Contemporary Drawing.

All welcome, free entry

Kathy Barry lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She holds an MFA (2004) and a BFA (1991) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History (2001) from Victoria University of Wellington. In 2012 she was the seventeenth McCahon House artist-in-residence and in addition conducted a three-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States. She has taught the history and theory of art and design, as well as studio papers in painting and drawing at various New Zealand tertiary institutions. Her abstract practice over the past five years has increasingly become a means for channelling her spirituality. Barry’s work featured in the exhibition Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits, curated by Lars Bang Larsen and Marco Pasi at MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne, and is included in the forthcoming 2016 Bienal de São Paulo in September.

David Cauchi lives in Wellington and completed an MFA at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, Wellington in 2012. Describing himself as an ‘intertemporal artist’, Cauchi has in recent years mixed drawing styles from various sources, including common toilet graffiti, ancient manuscripts, figurative paintings after the French Dadaist Francis Picabia and self-portraiture, to explore the depths of human indulgence and consumption as they are filtered through his at times humorous graphic sensibility. He is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland and Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington.

Matt Ellwood is based in Auckland and completed an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003. He draws from a broad range of source material including advertising, building structures, toy merchandising and outdated men's magazines as a resource for his sculptures, drawings and digital image interventions. His current solo-exhibition Frieze Saint Laurent, at Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, includes a suite of eight highly detailed charcoal drawings which blend imagery sourced from high-end fashion advertisements with full-page ads for artists as they are depicted in art-world staple Frieze Magazine. In this way Ellwood interrogates the authority, excess and machinations of the global fashion industry as it bisects with the art world.

Image: Matt Ellwood, Frieze Saint Laurent #3 (Enli) 2015, charcoal on paper. Courtesy of Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

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