MIKE O'KANE: Just Playing

MIKE O'KANE: Just Playing

3 June - 23 July

Mike O’Kane last exhibited at the Eastern Southland Gallery 2012, with the ‘On Assignment’ photographic series featuring play-worn matchbox toys in life-sized modern scenes.

For this exhibition O’Kane has created two new series of works. The first has model trains pretending to be dynamic and authentic, while the second shows a somewhat darker view; playing with more or less fighting machines. The role of play takes centre stage in this work, and utilising Photoshop software has enabled him to create a playground of altered time and scale.  

Mike O’Kane has a fine arts degree from Otago Polytechnic School of Art, where he majored in sculpture in 1997, with photography as his sub-major.  For several years after graduating, he lectured part-time at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, and School of Design.

Image: Mike O’Kane, Unknown Jet Over Tennyson Inlet, photograph

 

Blue Black: Lost & Found / Flotsam & Jetsam

Blue Black: Lost & Found / Flotsam & Jetsam

3 June - 23 July

Blue Black is a process driven maker who works with clay and a range of found and discarded organic and man-made materials. Flowers, vegetables, plant roots, egg cartons, clothes, foam and various other scavenged materials and objects are dipped in layers of clay slip, fired, glazed, fired again, and worked and reworked until they find a new life. It is an evolving and intuitive process that results in organic, colourful and often unsettling sculptures - reminiscent of body parts and organs, and only vaguely suggestive of their original form. This installation brings together a selection of recent work and new pieces created especially for the Gore exhibition.

Blue Black was born in Christchurch in 1957. He first began working with clay in the late 1980’s after attending a pottery course with Margaret Riley.  He then studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Whanganui Polytechnic, before going on to complete a Diploma of Ceramic Arts at Otago Polytechnic (1994), followed by a Master of Fine Arts.  As well as a two-times finalist in the Portage Ceramic awards (2006, 2014) and a finalist in the prestigious Wallace Awards (2008), he was also the Premier Winner of 2014 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award.                  

Image: Blue Black, MOVE, 2016, mixed media

NICOLA JACKSON: The Bloggs

NICOLA JACKSON: The Bloggs

29 July - 10 September

Dunedin-based artist Nicola Jackson is known for her vivid use of colour, intricate detail, papier-mâché forms and her ongoing exploration of human anatomy. The Bloggs – a title that refers to the British colloquialism ‘Joe Bloggs’, to denote the typical everyday man – considers what it is that makes us human. Here, Jackson has created her version of an anatomy museum, filling vitrines and cabinets with a range of objects and adorning the walls with paintings. In these works Jackson has paired key anatomical elements with qualities that go beyond the physical but ultimately aid in classifying us as human.

The work is a continuation of her honours year installation An Art Anatomy Room exhibited in 1981.

Nicola Jackson was born in Dunedin in 1960. She has a Diploma of Fine Arts in Engraving and a Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours in Sculpture. She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships including the Rita Angus Artist in Residency, The Goethe Institute Scholarship and the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (1994).

We are very grateful to Dunedin Public Art Gallery for their assistance with the exhibition.

ImageNicola Jackson, Doppelgänger, 2016, painted pâpier-maché

ABOUT FACE: Selected Portraits from the Collection

ABOUT FACE: Selected Portraits from the Collection

5 August - 10 September

About Face brings together a selection of portraits by key New Zealand artists, from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the unique way in which artists see others, as well as the equally fascinating way in which they view and present themselves. A good portrait succeeds in arousing our interest in the life and individuality of the sitter. Much more than a mere likeness, it captures the unique character and essence of the subject. The exhibition features both historic and contemporary works, and comprises a number of self-portraits as well as depictions of others. Included is the meticulously rendered portrait The Belle of Marken, by Dutch realist painter Petrus van der Velden, as well as works by Grahame Sydney, Rita Angus, Rudolph Gopas, Simon Richardson, Els Noordhof and Jeffrey Harris.

ImagePetrus van der Velden, The Belle of Marken, 1872, oil, Zona Crombie bequest

MARILYNN WEBB: Five Decades in Murihiku

MARILYNN WEBB: Five Decades in Murihiku

17 September - 3 December

Five Decades in Murihiku is an exploration of the landforms, histories and spiritualties of southern New Zealand, as developed by Marilynn Webb since her arrival as Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago in 1974. The exhibition focuses on five key areas that the artist has returned to again and again over nearly five decades – Lake
Mahinerangi, Ida Valley, Fiordland, Mataura Valley and Rakiura/Stewart Island. 

A pioneer of printmaking in New Zealand, Marilynn Webb has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally since the early 1960’s. Her tonal, moody prints and pastels reflect the atmosphere of the landscapes and seascapes of Central Otago and Southland - on which her work has focused for many years. Marilynn’s images make us aware that we are always in the landscape, and they draw us into the environmental and social issues that surround it.  

Of Nga Puhi descent, Marilynn Webb was born in Auckland in 1937 and grew up at Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty.  Her distinguished teaching career has included roles as pioneer art advisor, art teacher and a senior lecturer in printmaking at Dunedin Polytechnic School of Art.  Marilynn is represented in many private and public collections worldwide. In 2000 she became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her contribution to art and art education in New Zealand and in 2010 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Otago, in the city of Dunedin where she continues to live and work.

Five Decades in Murihiku brings together a selection of Marilynn Webb’s work from the artist’s personal collection, the Eastern Southland Gallery collection and local private collections.  

ImageMarilynn Webb, Mataura Valley Suite No 4, 1995, soft chalk pastel

FROM BALTIMORE TO GORE: Baltimore Artists from the  John Money Collection

FROM BALTIMORE TO GORE: Baltimore Artists from the John Money Collection

9 December - 19 February

During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s John Money had commandeered an area within Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore to stage exhibitions by emerging local artists.  Many were under-graduate or post-graduate students from the Maryland Art Institute and he regularly purchased work from these shows. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s Money was also a regular attendee of exhibitions in the city and as a result he not only built up a large collection of artworks, but also a remarkable overview of the Baltimore art scene from that 30+ year period. However this was never a strategic collection, rather he simply liked supporting artists and assisting them at the early stages of their careers. From Baltimore to Gore brings to light some significant treasures from Money’s 55 years in that city, and tracks the careers of some key artists including: May Wilson, Lowell Nesbitt, Liz Whitney Quisgard and Sally Hopkins.

ImageLowell Nesbitt, Bicentennial Hat Series No 6, 1975, lithograph