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Current Exhibitions

We have three new exhibitions coming up in February:

Plastic Gods — Ole Maiava and Paula Schaafhausen

Currents of Concern — Phil Dadson

Drift — Bruce Foster

Exhibitions open Thurs 18 February, 6pm – 8pm
Shows run from Fri 12 February – Sun 3 April 2016

These exhibitions are part of a series of projects that make up TEMP, a programme of public art science experiences contributing to the conversation about climate change.


Ole Maiava and Paula Schaafhausen

Plastic Gods is the latest collaborative exhibition by mixed media artists Paula Schaafhausen and Ole Maiava. Together they explore the impact of rising sea levels on the Asia Pacific region from global warming through sculpture, photography and poetry. Tagaloa the Polynesian god of the Pacific Ocean is a central figure in the exhibition. The Tagaloa sculptures by Schaafhausen are created with sand and plastic debris collected from local West coast beaches, cocoa and coconut oil sourced from Samoa. Highly changeable the coconut oil sculptures will melt and morph with temperature fluctuations in the gallery over time, symbolising for the artist her concerns about the effect of rising sea levels on low lying islands and their resident communities.

As well as sculpture and photography, Maiava incorporates plastic in his works to comment on contemporary consumer society’s dependence on it and the impact this has on the environment. In addition to this he questions “why does Tagaloa do nothing about it, is he just another plastic God?”

Image credit: Paula Schaafhausen, Ebbing Tagaloa (2014) collected sand, shells, stones and coconut oil.


Phil Dadson

Phil Dadson’s latest exhibition Currents of Concern features a selection of water themed sound and video works. As an estuary dweller and keen observer of tidal variations, Dadson's audio visual meditations on waterways reveal a multi-layered perception of fragile ecosystems. His latest video Anatomia Sonora da Camera (2015) tracks his journey through a network of Venezian back water canals, sounding the tidal gaps under a sequence of iconic bridges from the perspective of a kayak. Dadson describes the work as “a sounding of the under-bridge acoustics where resonance is affected by tidal changes.” Venice is regularly threatened by flood tides and has become an important case study for the effects of rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Also showing for the first time together will be a new three screen configuration of Dadson’s earlier interrelated video works Deep Water (2011) and Between Worlds (2011) alongside selected works on paper.

Image credit: Phil Dadson, still from Anatomia Sonora da Camera, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Trish Clark Gallery.


Bruce Foster

Bruce Foster photographs the New Zealand coastline in an on going study of human histories intersecting with the environment. In his latest photographic series Drift he returns to the sand spit at the mouth of the Mangawhai estuary he first photographed in the late 1970s to research environmental changes that have taken place over the last 800 years. Geological, archaeological and ecological histories all merge in Foster’s poignant post-apocalyptic images. In which plastic waste from the 20th and 21st centuries blend with extensive pre European midden sites, exposed charcoal remnants of native forests and prehistoric volcanic rock.

Image credit: Bruce Foster, Intertidal 12 (2015), pigment print on Hahnemühle paper.

Art and environment - Artists talk
Sat 20 February, 11am
Join environmental artists Phil Dadson and Bruce Foster as they talk about their current exhibitions, and present a slideshow of experiences making art in direct response to significant ecological locations including Antarctica and the Kermadec region.

Exhibition talk and poetry reading
Sat 2 April, 11am
Artists Ole Maiava and Paula Schaafhausen will give insights into their latest collaboration Plastic Gods which explores global warming and reassess spiritual iconography, through an exhibition talk and poetry reading.


Drop in and create art inspired by the latest exhibitions in the gallery. We will be presenting fun and free art-making sessions for kids MONTHLY on the second Saturday of the month. Each month we explore a different art topic or technique. *In January the Saturday Gallery Club will be on holiday too and we will start back in February.

Saturday Gallery Club #12
Glowing cellophane windows
Sat 13 February between 10.30am and 12pm
Come and make your own stain glass artwork with colourful cellophane inspired by church lead light windows in our Plastic Gods exhibition.

Saturday Gallery Club #13:
Sand and glitter beachscape
Sat 12 March between 10.30am and 12pm
With glitter and sand we will create a beachscape as we think about its personal and environmental significance influenced by Bruce Foster’s latest coastal photographs.

All art materials are provided. Although there is no need to book, participation is limited by space. Art activities are designed for children aged four years and over, and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too; children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Phil Dadson

Phil Dadson has been at the forefront of experimentation in inter-media arts since the 1970s. He works at the intersection of sound, video and performance in a highly collaborative and adaptive practice that has seen him become a significant figure in New Zealand’s contemporary art scene. Appointed to the Sculpture Department at The University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1977, Dadson held the position of Head of Inter-media and Time-based arts between 1986 and 2001.

Throughout his career, Dadson has been the recipient of many key awards and fellowships, enabling him numerous international residency, exhibition and festival opportunities. He has received a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate award (2001), an Antarctic Artist Fellowship (2003) and was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2005. Dadson currently lives and works in Auckland and is represented by Trish Clark Gallery in Auckland.
Biography credit: Trish Clark Gallery

Bruce Foster

Born in Wanganui in 1948, Bruce Foster became one of the foremost photographers to emerge in New Zealand during the 1970s. His colour photographs of the time were an extended meditation on the New Zealand coastline, exploring the on-going dialogue between the natural and the human-made. Later in 1994, Foster collaborated with writer Lloyd Jones on the publication Last Saturday (VUP) and, on an exhibition of the same title at the National Library Gallery, Wellington.
In 2011 Foster was invited to be an artist on the Kermadec Project, an initiative that has been exhibited extensively around New Zealand, Tonga and on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). In recent years he has worked as a freelance photographer and become increasingly engaged with moving image technologies. Foster’s current work can be found in various public collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
Biography credit: http://www.studioj.co.nz/kermadec_exhibition/foster_bio/

Ole Maiava

Ole Maiava is a self taught artist and began his practice in the early 1980s in the literary field, and has since progressed into multiple disciplines including; photography, painting, sculpture and poetry. His international debut as a photographer was at The Art of Politics and the Politics of Art conference, Griffith University, Queensland, (2005) and as a painter in Pacific Storms, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, (2009). Maiava’s recent projects include; Ebbing Tagaloa collaborative exhibition with Paula Schaafhausen at Fresh Gallery, Otara (2015), Savage Klub collaborative performance art exhibition, Studio One, Ponsonby (2014), Late at the Auckland War Memorial Museum (2014), and representing New Zealand at the Frankfurt Book Fair as a performance poet (2012). Ole Maiava currently lives and works in Auckland.

Paula Schaafhausen

Paula Schaafhausen completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2013), during which she was exhibiting both nationally and internationally in various group and solo shows. These included the Tautai Trust exhibition, Don’t Pacify Me, Machina Mundi at the Te Karanga Gallery, We Wanna Hula at The Inanui Gallery Rarotonga, The Conch is Calling and Strengthening Sennet and Come Together Exhibition L’MAK in Auckland, Dateline Returns at the Govett Brewster, New Plymouth.

Schaafhausen also received a NICAI Summer Postgraduate Research grant from TheUniversity of Auckland to create The Healing Plants Project, with solo shows at Te Ara Toi Gallery, Awanui and Material Culture at Fresh Gallery Otara (2011). Since completing her degree she has continued to exhibit throughout New Zealand with The Ebbing Tagaloa show, firstly at Corban Estate Arts Centre New Graduate Group Show (2014), following with Major Tagaloa installations at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington (2014) and Fresh Gallery, Auckland (2015). She is currently works and lives in Auckland.
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