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Roger Boyce: School of Harm

Roger Boyce: School of Harm

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  • Wed 12 Jul ’17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Thu 13 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 14 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed 19 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 20 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 21 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 25 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed 26 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 27 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 28 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Suite Gallery, 241 Cuba Street, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



The paintings in ‘School of Harm, Roger Boyce’s sixth solo show at {Suite} in Wellington, are a continuation along the artist’s unique pathway of preposterousness, provocation and impiety – a mythopoetic Punch and Judy show.

Boyce recycles exaggerated studio emblems such as artist palettes, easels, brushes, smocks, berets and paint smears. A spirit-drunk puck is unthinkingly engaged in a no- holds-barred tango with real and imagined elemental forces.

The paintings’ players - in various states of undress - indulge in socially incorrect and potentially self-destructive tussles. The players are either unaware or unashamed of the melodramatic artifice they play out.

Shallow perspectives and surreal lighting-conceits are a backdrop for stylised mayhem. The scenes are contrived and staged – but convincing, nonetheless. In most cases, the paintings feature spatially believable, planar-floors and at times the sort of low-rent wood grain walls found in trailer homes and budget motels. Such detail serves, perversely, as a shabby-chic foil to the work’s even more tawdry optical contrivances of non-naturalistic light and colour.

Boyce states that the series adds up to no real or explicit fixed meaning. His agenda is simply retinal and cerebral delight, while alluding to and borrowing (magpie-like) from all sorts of affiliate associations. They are a point of contention with the earnest aesthetic concerns and conceptual ‘issues’ currently obsessing the art world. The paintings, in their final testimony, attest only to the hoary outlaw-biker aphorism – sworn to fun, loyal to none.

‘School of Harm’ is on show at (Suite) in Wellington from 12-29 July.
A catalogue with text by Oliver Watts has been produced to accompany the exhibition.

Visit www.suite.co.nz for further details about the exhibition and to order a catalogue.

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