Joachim Bandau (Germany), Lisa Benson (New Zealand), Christoph Dahlhausen (Germany), Matthew Delegate (USA), Noel Ivanoff (New Zealand), Laresa Kosloff (Australia), William Mackrell (UK), Simon Morris (New Zealand), David Sequeira (Australia), David Thomas (Australia)
Colour and light are capable of generating diverse, culturally loaded readings as well as strong physical sensations. Their readings are complex, interpreted as physical phenomena (sensation) and symbolic codes (knowledge). This exhibition grows out of an interest in the tradition and diverse readings of the MONOCHROME via painting to include: constructions, interventions, photography, moving-image and installation by New Zealand and international artists. BUT rather than interpreting the MONOCHROME as a traditional formalist model, the exhibition brings the MONOCHROME into the twenty-first century where it is employed as a device to manifest an awareness of colour, light, movement and time AMID THE WORLD in order to help us see our experiencing of our world.
The artworks in this exhibition celebrate complexity, transience and the contingent nature of being. They offer us a range of approaches while engaging us with experiencing, perceiving, understanding, reading and feeling, and ask us to consider how these processes unfold and develop over time.
The contemplative layered watercolours of Joachim Bandau manifest movement and time.
Lisa Benson’s photographic drawings emphasise time through the recording of changing light in the tradition of concrete photography.
The glass and vinyl film works of Christoph Dahlhausen are informed by Non Objective and phenomenological explorations of light and colour, placed in situ that play with reflection, light and colour.
The work of Noel Ivanoff manifests time and duration through a sensitive material awareness of gesture, structure and fabrication.
Mathew Delegate’s paintings / installations exploit the monochrome tradition via specific use of encoded colour and exaggerated gesture to address political and psychological content.
The video works of Laresa Kosloff use colour and timing to combine the tropes of sport and modernism and create works of contemplation and humour.
William Mackrell’ss photos and his use of cones of light pictorialise space with ordinary materials in a manner that enables us to become aware of our changing experience of space and light in time.
The durational paintings of Simon Morris manifest time through their use of colour, process and materiality, generating an awareness of movement of time and space.
David Sequeira’s long study of the colour in paintings and installations has been translated into a new body of photographic and video works manifesting time and change, in an affectionate and playful manner.
The photopaintings and paintings of David Thomas use the monochrome as a vehicle / interval in assisting us to recognise what surrounds it where it is placed in the world.