''In Colour'', Richard Adams, Dave Gibbons, Lukeke, Louise
McRae, Ian Scott and other artists (Gallery Thirty Three,
Green Moon, by Louise McRae.
The gallery's latest exhibition celebrates summer and the
festive season with a group of renowned artists who jubilantly
embrace colour in their work. It encompasses a diverse
collection of work ranging from painting to ceramics, glass
work and sculpture.
One's attention is taken by the colour displayed,
particularly the large grouping of Lukeke Design cast-glass
Wall Birds that appear to swoop across the wall. On the
gallery floor, Hamish Jones' sculptures reference the toys
and games of childhood with his Lego-like figures, Block
Colour. His metre-high, impeccably polished and humorous Lego
men are icons in their own right, taken out of their natural
context and elevated to fine-art status. There is diversity
on the walls with Ian Scott's exquisitely painted lattice
series based on diagonal divisions of the canvas. This is
juxtaposed with work on the facing wall by UK artist David
Gibbons, whose local landscapes are executed with bold
brushstrokes and thick paint, portraying work that tends more
towards expressionism than that of realism.
J S Parker and Richard Adams' work is also another
interesting contrast, with abstract landscapes continuing to
explore the nuances of light and colour, often inspired by
the South Island's land, waters and light.
• ''Christmas Show'', various artists (Inge
The Godwits Ascent, by Jo Ogier
Although this delightful gallery space is small and
intimate, the Christmas exhibition features work from 19 very
different artists, creating a display that is varied in style
and subject matter.
The window display contains work by Dunedin photographer Mike
O'Kane. These images explore aspects of altered time and
scale with the role of play being the focal point in the work
in which toys make a larger-than-life appearance. Inside the
gallery Marie Strauss presents three hand-built ceramic pots
of varying size and shape. Despite their strong forms,
roughened edges, perforations and earthy colours there is a
finesse and delicacy to the vessels. Other three-dimensional
works include Jai Hall's two distorted sheep sculptures.
Colour is represented on the walls with Isaac Leuchs' The
Guardian and Peter Cleverley's ink and charcoal pieces which
are inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul and the use of
spirograph patterns. Jo Ogier's work is concerned with issues
of conservation and this is evident in her work the Godwit's
Ascent, a finely detailed woodcut print on flax paper.
Landscape themes are seen in the work of Inge Doesburg's
broad panoramic vista of Somes Island and Marilynn Webb's two
beautiful engravings in soft hues of grey, blues and greens
evoking the moody shifts of the weather and the season.
• "Summer Show", (Milford Galleries Dunedin)
The Crowing Cockerel, the Fox and the Wallaby (2007), by
Drawn from the Milford's vast collection, this exhibition
presents work displayed in new and refreshing combinations and
features work from a wide range of celebrated New Zealand
artists, photographers and sculptors. It is a show that
warrants more than one visit to fully appreciate all that is
Three-dimensional work takes the eye on entry. Hannah Kidd's
large rustic urn Um 1 and Paul Dibble's superb cast bronze
figures dominate the gallery floor yet complement the finer
pieces around them. The simplicity of Ann Robinson's cast
glass and Graham Bennett's wood and steel structure make an
interesting juxtaposition with Sue Hawker's bright pate de
verre vessels and the fine detailing in Neil Dawson's wall
Paintings dominate the walls and there are those notable for
their scale. Neil Frazer's work is significant in the
sturdiness in which thick paint is applied creating drama in
his landscapes, while Robert Ellis employs symbolic
references from both Maori and European connections in his
work Ra Tapu Te Rawhiti 3 Hune 1990.
Ray Ching is widely regarded as the greatest contemporary
bird painter and a strong addition to the exhibition. His
work presents the viewer with a mix of absurd subject matter
and realism. Photographic work reveals a diverse range of
concerns and practices. Christine Webster's Le dossier works
confront and disturb the viewer.
- Julie Jopp