"Is the colour the thing or is the thing the colour?",
Kim Pieters and Kirsten Ferguson (Inge Doesburg Studio
Inge Doesburg Gallery is
hosting an exhibition in which colour and abstract form are
of primary importance.
Some may consider that this is where the similarities end, as
Dunedin artist Kim Pieters' paintings are delicately worked
with sparing use of colour and line, while Kirsten Ferguson
enjoys a vibrant colour palette using layers of paint.
Some of Pieters' work is based on a series called October
Meditations. Worked from drawings and done in a monotone
palette of delicate green watercolour paint, these works
evoke a feeling of a new spring. Other work displayed is
Two large pieces show an intriguing depth in their take on a
theme inspired by the poem, "The Desert Homeric", by Sally
Ann McIntyre. Colour provides a joyous highlight to a sombre
Worked on grey ragged-edged building boards, much of it is
left blank; it is clear Pieters relies on the use of space as
much as line in constructing forms.
Ferguson also uses a spring theme on which to base her work.
September One consists of layers of paint and vertical lines,
hinting at an explosion of spring blossom and trees. The
paint is thick and sculptural and the works burst with
Resident # 7: "My head is in the clouds", Anet Neutze (Glue
The residency season at
the Glue Gallery in Stafford St is designed to expose and
celebrate the often mysterious process of making art. This
year, eight artists have been invited to use the gallery space
as a temporary studio, with each having 19 days to respond to
the space and to showcase a creative process to a public
The seventh artist in residence is Anet Neutze, who began her
work with no preconceived ideas, enjoying the freedom to
This artist's work has evolved by using the walls of the
gallery to their full benefit. The abstract work, painted
directly on to the gallery walls, catches the eye by creating
a sense of scale in a limited colour palette of greens,
blacks, and whites, reminding one of being in lush bush.
Parts of the work have been allowed to drip naturally down
the walls evoking a sense of movement and spontaneity, while
other areas are given a thin wash of white paint, providing a
more subdued, ethereal experience - as if one's head were in
Neutze has used old acrylic house paint to create a work of
minimal structure. The image is a product of layers of paint
on a flat surface, giving substance and reality to large
organic-shaped patches and drips of colour.
"When North Meets South": A Poems in the Waiting Room
exhibition (Bellamys Gallery)
Poems in the Waiting Room
is an initiative in which thousands of poetry cards are
distributed to medical waiting rooms, rest-homes and prisons in
the South Island for the enjoyment of all. The aim of this
exhibition is to help move the project into the North Island.
Twenty-two South Island artists have responded to three-lined
verse, otherwise known as haiku. All are penned by North Island
A striking aspect of this exhibition is the diversity of
subjects and styles, and the range of media. The more unusual
include Dugal Armour's sculpture Marigolds, in which a
plastic flower arrangement is attached to a turning
spoolwinder and plinth, a quirky response to a haiku.
Wearable arts also respond, with Autumn Leaf Dress, as does
ceramics and jewellery.
Paintings fill the gallery with abstract works and
representational pieces. Those on display are largely
landscape-based and in media including pencil, ink and
woodcut. Native flora and fauna, birdlife, mountains and
streams make an appearance as does the mood of the weather,
evident in Janet de Wagt's Unexpected Rain.
This exhibition provides a charming escape for its audience,
while emphasising the importance of identity and place in the
creative mind for both poet and artist.