'Mystery Box' is a group exhibition by Denise Durkin (monoprints), James Gilberd (photograms and photographs) and Phillipa Durkin (Conservation - open studio). 'Mystery Box' runs in rooms 3 & 4 of Photospace Gallery, from its opening day of 30 March to 20 April. Camus Wyatt's 'Blue Sonata' series continues in Room 1 of the gallery, also till 20 April.
Denise Durkin will be showing a couple of larger, framed monoprints from her life drawing sessions at Inverlochy Art School, and a number of small (5" square) monoprints, (unique prints) which will be for sale loose at an extremely reasonable price. www.denisedurkinartwork.com
James Gilberd will be showing some photograms in Room 3, with Denise's prints. Photograms are made in the darkroom by placing objects on light-sensitive photographic paper and shining a light down onto them, then developing the paper.
This series is called 'Mandala'. The individual photograms were exposed to light for 88 seconds and are a limited edition of 16 prints, $88 each. The negative prints (black on white) are made by contact-printing from a positive print, and are part of the same series of 16 prints, maximum.
Just to clear it up, these photograms are not made from doilies! Actually, the object used was an ornate silver dish found in an opp shop and bought for a dollar.
In addition, there is a set of recent colour digital photos entitled 'Mystery box'. , displayed in the office. This work is along similar lines to James Gilberd's previous exhibition 'A coffee break' - see review on PhotoForum NZ's site.
Just released and available at Gilberd Marriott Gallery / Photospace Gallery, 1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington.
We have copies of Whanganui artist Anthony Davies' new book for sale at the gallery, $45.00
'As the situation unfolds' is 192pgs, softcover - a survey of this master printmaker's works since 2007.
Each book is signed and numbered as a limited edition of 250 copies.
Please contact James Gilberd - email@example.com - or buy your copy at the gallery. We have a small number of copies in stock as from today.
Exhibition extended to 6 June, as gallery closed on Queen's Birthday 5 June.
'Ink & Watercolour Drawings' comprises two Series:
Never a Straight Line. nos. 1 - 7
Found; where no one was looking. nos. 1 - 9
Never a Straight Line.
Is there a logic to be followed?
Connections to be made?
You well may ask…
Yet image telling
Never a straight line.
Found; where no one was looking.
Despite private guise
With the personal allowed,
Come from common ground.
In the degrees of looking,
This selection of multi-media works on board by Felix Harris is showing in gallery room 5 (the room through behind the office) from 10th February to 18th March, 2017.
Please note: sizes of works are approximate.
A series of paintings by Naga Tsutsumi, showing at Gilberd Marriott Gallery from 17th June to 3rd July, 2016.
This is Naga Tsutsumi's second solo exhibition at Gilberd Marriott Gallery, following 'Ancestor & Descendant' in 2014. There are 11 paintings and 1 large drawing in the exhibition.
"Do I miss awe and excitement of placing the needle on the turntable, pushing the REC button on the cassette player, opening the book and turning pages?
"I remember in 1987 I felt unsettled when the section of CDs became to occupy close to the half the space of the record shop I was working in. I didn't know how this uneasiness feeling came to me but I kept buying CDs nevertheless, despite this feeling, believing sound quality is more important. I still have more than 200 vinyl albums and 200 CDs even after I got all the MP3 data. The reason I still have CDs is that I cannot sell them for decent prices. The reason I still have vinyl records is that I just don’t feel like getting rid of them.
"Digital innovation is always in process, which means we won't be able to get its best forever although it might be the highest in its quality at the time, and this may leave us with a certain level of regret. I regret switching to a digital camera in 1998 as the best pictures from that year are less than 1 megabyte each. Does Nikon feel sorry and feel like compensating for it? Smartphones, tablets, e-books... What am I losing by getting 'high quality' sounds and images, more information, greater accessibility, quick results, greater convenience?
"Analogue devices may make the process of 'doing' a ritual; to listen to a record album or to record your favorite song on a cassette player from the airwaves, you have to go through a process which sometimes seems a nuisance. Also, the smell of vinyl records, smell of printing ink and papers, of book pages, are an essential parts of the ritual.
"I paint props, as well as figures, that reflect the time. And I believe those props may carry some sort of aesthetic quality as well as time reference. As a painter, I stick to a medium already established as I guess I am conservative. In this time when new cannot be 'new' I am too afraid to try to be inventive. So I would like to stop time in my fantasy world and go analogue as much as possible in this digitised world."
- Naga Tsutsumi, 2016
Also see this page - Naga Tsutsumi's 'Ancestor & Descendant II' exhibition at GMG, 2014
Video of Naga working on his large 2015 drawing 'Confession'
Naga Tsutsumi, a Japan-born Palmerston North-based artist, had over 30 solo and group exhibitions in NZ, USA and Japan. He has been selected as Overall Winner for Manawatu Arts Review and as one of the finalists for NZ Portrait Gallery's Adam Award in 2011. His works have been selected for the number of international juried exhibitions. He has a strong interest in subtle yet untraditional ways of mixing media and subject matters. He holds Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, USA.
'The Worst Generation' is a group exhibition curated by Auckland artist Yonel Watene for Gilberd Marriott Gallery, running from 18th September to 10th October 2015. The exhibition includes works in a variety of mediums, by:
Lee Ralph (NZ), Rob Tucker (NZ), Marty Baptist (Au), Kenneth Merrick (NZ),
Erin Forsyth (NZ), Ken Griffen (NZ/De), Nicholas J Boyd (NZ/Mx), Tim D (NZ), Yonel Watene (NZ), Sarah Keber (NZ) and Lewis Shanahan (NZ).
The slide show above illustrates works by some of the artists in 'The Worst Generation' exhibition, just to give you a feel for what's coming.
Added 17th Sept:
The Morus serrator Project (2013-2015)