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Join us on Thu 7 April for the opening of our next exhibition —


Featuring the work of:

Chiara Corbelletto
Laura Marsh
David McCracken
Kevin Osmond
Anton Parsons
Martin Selman
Stephen Woodward
And guest artist Chris Van Doren

Exhibition runs from Fri 8 April until Sun 29 May 2016

Corban Estate Arts Centre’s latest sculpture exhibition will be located in the gallery and on the estate grounds. This diverse sculptural experience features seven artists based at Corban Estate Arts Centre: Chiara Corbelletto, Laura Marsh, David McCracken, Kevin Osmond, Anton Parsons, Martin Selman and Stephen Woodward and opens on 7 April.

These renowned resident sculptors engage with a wide range of methods and mediums, from metal fabrication, marble carving, and computerised production through to craft-based techniques; and the work they make is generally made using common or industrial materials. Though united by sculptural means, they each have their own unique focus, whether it be political and social issues, the representation and significance of a given object, or the fundamental nature of space and mass.

Showing onsite near his studio, as well as in the gallery, David McCracken presents two distinct types of steel work layered with visual puns; with oxidising industrial Corten steel he portrays principles of solidity and friction (what he terms his ‘heavy metal’ works) along with a new series of highly-polished World War Two inspired bombs created with self-engineered hydroforming techniques that typically make these solid objects look as if they are light weight inflatables.

Exhibiting alongside McCracken’s bomb series will be Kevin Osmond’s kinetic sculptures, which explore the nature of imploding stars and the space-time theory of wormholes. As a sculptor Osmond transforms seemingly mundane components and methods through meticulous repetition, offering the viewer a chance to escape from everyday life and into a mesmerising and idyllic universe.

Also exploring the intersection of art and science is artist Chiara Corbelletto. Her immersive large scale installation of three dimensional geometrical structures incorporates both systems of irregularity and symmetry. This multipart installation is configured in ways that reflect how complexity can arise from simplicity, and how minor modifications can create entirely new variations.

Meanwhile Anton Parsons’ sculptural practice abstracts known systems of information including numbers, letters, and in the work on show, braille. Parsons creates a braille eye chart which paradoxically disrupts our sense of sight; as a language that can be read by touch but not necessarily understood by sighted people. His interactive work Jamb is an outdoor door frame and curtain sited near the centre’s car park entrance, a doorway through which visitors might pass, encouraging engagement simply by being used. The artist intends for the viewer to find their own meaning in their experience of the work, “the work’s function is to allow interpretation.”

Meanwhile Martin Selman works in Carrara marble, he challenges classical sculpture traditions by meticulously carving everyday objects from the 21st century such as crushed cans and plastic bottles. In doing so he combines classical carving techniques with contemporary subject matter.

Stephen Woodward is also a skilled marble and granite sculptor, his sculptural practice is primarily interested in the political. Refuge (2016) his latest marble work refers to not only political but also psychological refuge. On display outdoors will be Woodward’s kinetic bronze sculpture Spinning Tiers, which visitors will be able to activate by turning. The work is a memorial to our threatened world, as well as a monument in celebration of life. The forms in his sculpture refer to the Japanese Gorinto, a tower made up of five shapes symbolic of the Five Elements.

Mounted outside the gallery will be a new protest banner by Laura Marsh, titled Some of my best friends are activists. The banner acknowledges that as much as we can be passionate and opinionated about the political and climate issues facing us today, most of our thoughts and time are affected by more personal and direct experiences.

Kevin Osmond, Kepler’s Star 1604, detail (2013). Photograph courtesy of Kallen Macleod

Free Public Programmes during the exhibition:

As part of the exhibition there are a range of free public programmes for gallery visitors and families. There are two Saturday art activities for kids and families to drop in to create art and learn about this sculpture exhibition series 10.30am to noon on Saturday 9 April and Saturday 14 May. The artists will be giving an exhibition floor talk on Saturday 23 April and there will be a special sculptor’s studio tour on Saturday 7 May.

Saturday Gallery Club #14: Painted marble sculptures

Inspired by the marble sculptures in our exhibition and the Greek tradition of painting marble, you will get a chance to make your own painted marble artwork.

Date: Saturday 9 April between 10.30am and 12pm.
Entry: Free, all art material provided. This is a drop-in art activity, no bookings needed.
Location: In the main gallery


Sculptors talk

Come and hear all about the indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibition by resident sculptors Chiara Corbelletto, Laura Marsh, David McCracken, Kevin Osmond, Anton Parsons, Martin Selman and Stephen Woodward.

Date: Saturday 23 April, 10.30am.
Entry: Free
Location: In the main gallery


Sculptors studio tour

Join us on a special sculptor’s tour of the art studios of Chiara Corbelletto, Laura Marsh, David McCracken, Kevin Osmond, Anton Parsons, Martin Selman and Stephen Woodward.

Date: Saturday 7 May, 10.00am - 12:30pm
Entry: $10 per person, including a studio artist’s profile booklet. Booking is essential: Email info@ceac.org.nz or phone (09) 838 4455 to book your place.


Saturday Gallery Club #15: Nature forms

With easy origami techniques we will make a nature-inspired 3-D artwork under the influence of Chiara Corbelletto and Kevin Osmond’s sculptures.

Date: Saturday 14 May between 10.30am and 12pm (this date will coincide with our free Kids Arts Festival)
Entry: Free, all art material provided. This is a drop-in art activity, no bookings needed.
Location: In the main gallery


Kids Arts Festival: 70’S FLASHBACK!

This is a fabulous, funky annual event, offering children and their families loads of creative stimulation and hands–on arts experiences, together with exhibitions and performances, and it’s all for FREE!

Date: Saturday 14 May 10am – 4pm
Location: Various locations across Corban Estate Arts Centre

*More information about the Saturday Gallery Club for kids and families
These free and fun family art-making sessions happen in the gallery every SECOND Saturday of the month. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 and upwards and their families, the activity runs for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Kevin Osmond, Kepler’s Star 1604, detail (2013). Photograph courtesy of Kallen Macleod


Chiara Corbelletto

Chiara Corbelletto was born in Biella, Italy, she graduated from Modigliani Art School in Novara and subsequently gained a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Milan. After a few years teaching at Delleani Art School, Italy, she moved to New Zealand. Corbelletto has been the recipient of numerous public commissions and recent projects include; Binary, a public sculpture for Massey University, Palmerston North (2014) and Rosette&Rondelle an art integrated architectural project, for Te Atatu Library, commissioned by Auckland Council (2014). In 2011 the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi O Whakatu, Nelson, presented An Ocean of Silence, a ten-year retrospective of Corbelletto’s career. Corbelletto’s works are held in significant public collections including; Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, Waikato Museum, The Suter Te Aratoi O Whakatu, The Dowse Art Museum, James Wallace Arts Trust, Westpac Trust, National Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chiara Corbelletto has been working from her studio at Corban Estate Arts Centre since 2006 and is represented by Bath Street Gallery in Auckland.

Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh gained her Master of Art and Design in Visual Art from AUT University in 2010, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2005. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand, was the recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower award in 2012 and in 2013 attended an art residency in Medellin, Colombia. In 2014 she was a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award and Parkin Drawing Award. Laura Marsh shows with Bowen Galleries in Wellington and works from a studio at Corban Estate Arts Centre.

David McCracken

David McCracken has been exhibiting works throughout the country since 2000. Primarily made from fabricated steel, his sculptures have been included in outdoor exhibitions including; Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Shapeshifter and Sculpture in the Gardens. In 2013, he was recipient of the Parsons and Brinckerhoff Award for Excellence in Engineering at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Wallace Arts Trust NZ Sculpture Award 2013 and was the winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award 2014. David McCracken is represented by Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland and in 2015 he moved his studio practice to Corban Estate Arts Centre.

Kevin Osmond

Born in the UK, Osmond studied and worked in London for over twenty years, gaining a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art, respectively, and has been the recipient of a number of prizes, including the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, the Credit Suisse First Boston Sculpture Prize; and the Penguin Books Sculpture Prize. He has created artworks for a variety of clients including The Economist in London, The Royal London Hospital and, most recently, for Massey University's Auckland campus.

Osmond is represented by Davidson Contemporary (www.davidsoncontemporary.com), based in New York. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Sunday Times, Urbis, Houses and Time Out, and regularly features in major art fairs throughout the USA, including Art Basel Miami, and within both American and European art collections. Osmond currently lives in Auckland and has been based at Corban Estate Arts Centre since 2013.

Anton Parsons

Parsons graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1990. Considered one of New Zealand’s leading sculptors, he has been commissioned to create large-scale, site-specific artworks throughout the country. His works are held in numerous public and private collections including; Chartwell Collection, Auckland, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch. Parsons is represented by Suite Gallery, Wellington and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch. Anton Parsons lives in Auckland and in 2015 he moved his studio practice to Corban Estate Arts Centre.

Martin Selman

Martin Selman gained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Massey University in 1991 and a diploma of Visual Art and Design at EIT Hawke's Bay. Selman engages the language of stone carving, with specific focus on Carrara marble. His commitment to the medium has involved extensive work, research and travel in New Zealand, Italy, England and Switzerland. His work has featured in solo exhibitions nationally including; Milford Galleries, Queenstown and his latest work will be included in an exhibition at Ivan Anthony, Auckland. Martin Selman has been a studio artist at Corban Estate Arts Centre since 2013.

Stephen Woodward

Stephen Woodward was born in Quebec, Canada. He learned marble carving in Italy by working alongside artisans tasked to scale up sculptures for artists including; César Baldaccini, Barry Flannagan, Helaine Blumenfeld and Michelangelo Pistoletto. He moved to New Zealand in 1984. Since then he has produced numerous public stone sculpture commissions in China, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand. Locally, Woodward’s public sculptures can be found at Hobsonville Point. His work can also be found in private collections in Italy and France. Stephen Woodward has been based at Corban Estate Arts Centre since 2014.
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