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Exhibition Openings: Cushla Donaldson and Jacqueline Fahey

Exhibition Openings: Cushla Donaldson and Jacqueline Fahey

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  • Sat 4 Mar ’17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Te Uru warmly invites you to the opening of solo exhibitions by Cushla Donaldson and Jacqueline Fahey.

Cushla Donaldson: The Fairy Falls
The Fairy Falls, a solo exhibition by Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist Cushla Donaldson, negotiates the world of finance we inhabit in which the Markets have an omnipotent presence. In the world of finance, objects are counted according to an abstract quantification which registers price differentials and looks for ways in which the differences between objects are tradable with a view to seizing value. Consequently, for the markets, it is irrelevant which wine tastes better: the question is rather which wine is most tradable.

Donaldson holds the position in The Fairy Falls that there is no way for working class politics, environmentalism and struggles for indigenous self-determination to work together on the Left without some degree of romanticism. Romanticism functions here as an umbrella term which draws on queer, feminist and ecofeminist thought, Maori ontologies, environmentalist politics, music, art, and all those aspects of life which sit outside of a monotonous, clichéd rationalism. The exhibition seeks to challenge the idea that romanticism is inherently kitsch and reactionary and asks instead whether it is possible for the Romantic to exceed the rational without eliminating it.

Accompanying the exhibition is a publication designed by Matt Galloway featuring texts by David Hall, Heidi Brickell and Ioana Gordon-Smith.

Jacqueline Fahey: Where My Eye Leads
“A lot of my work is simply [about] what is there… not searching for it, but perceiving it.”

Jacqueline Fahey is one of Aotearoa’s foremost artists. Internationally renowned, she is considered one of the first New Zealand artists to paint explicitly from a woman’s perspective. Representing the world as she perceives it has been a hallmark of Fahey’s practice. If the personal is political, then Fahey’s work is uncompromising in declaring that the domestic is a battleground.

Though best-known for her iconic paintings made in the 1970s, Fahey has consistently been attentive to the everyday world both around and within her home, from scenes observed along Karangahape Road and Williamson Avenue to the ebbs of family life. Focusing on lesser-known work, this small selection adheres to the idea that life should be presented as it is perceived: unvarnished and unapologetically. 'Where my eye leads' in particular features a number of paintings made during Fahey’s stay in nearby French Bay during the 1990s.

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