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Exhibitions 2007

The Big Picture: A Working Process

Allie Eagle working on her commission for Waitakere City Council
Exhibition Dates: Friday 2nd February – Sunday 4th March 2007

Artist Allie Eagle has created a large scale painting for the new Waitakere Civic Centre that celebrates the heritage of the area. This dense and well researched painting is a repository for the many rich and intriguing stories of the settlement of the area, and the families and characters that contributed to building its identity. In bringing this project together Allie has worked with a team of artists and assistants who have each played a role and made an important contribution toward the end result.

In this exhibition we have invited each of the people in the group to produce a series of works which explore an element of the project and what it has meant to engage with a subject in this way. The exhibition will include paintings and drawings by Allie Eagle, a photographic installation by Anabelle Cameron Lewis and works by: Jacanta Changlau, Karen Davis, Amee Hedges, Anna Nicolson, Sue Strom, Pamela Wood and Vickie Worthington.

Tokens from the Game

An Outdoor Installation of Brick Works by Peter Lange

Unfortunatley, due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter Lange's 'Tokens from the Game' exhibition and associated talks and workshops have had to be postponed until later in the year.

Changing Rooms

Margaret Feeney, Installation view
Mark Curtis, Margaret Feeney, Maree Wilson
Exhibition Opens: Thursday 8th March at 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 9th March – Sunday 15th April 2007

Changing Rooms is an exhibition project developed by artists Maree Wilson, Margaret Feeney and Mark Curtis, in which each of them will create a site- specific installation in response to the heritage nature of the galleries at CEAC. These consist of three rooms within the Corban Homestead, a large villa that was built in 1923 by the Corban family.

The three temporal installations will explore the audience’s response to the altered spaces by confounding expectations as the walls, floors and ceilings shift outside the boundary of the familiar using materials as diverse as bored-away custom wood, a carpet of glitter and suspended mixed media sculpture.
This project has come about after these three artists met while completing their Masters of Fine Arts through RMIT in Melbourne.

Mark Curtis - 'Rose and Thistle'
Rose and Thistle, an elaborate carpet based on a William Morris design, and constructed entirely out of glitter. The glitter is not fixed and will be swept up at the end of the exhibition. This work draws on many references from sand mandalas, gay culture, and the Corpus Domini carpets created for a religious festival in Tuscany. The stenciled pattern was painstakingly constructed out of mixed colored glitter, the remains of 3 previous carpets.

Margaret Feeney
A new product is born in the glare of Taste and Technology. Once the gaze of these twin tantrums is averted the new product is immediately old, its life is slammed between the bookends of the beginning and the end. Lying beside the crumpled idea of the new is its packaging, masses of it.

We call waste a product and waste is the name that waits for everything that leaves the factory floor, door, pipes and chimneys, whether it leaves as the star product, its packaging or the industrial amniotic fluid it was formed in.
For this project I focused on packaging because that was the material most available in local skips and bins. I made the sculptures of this installation out of discarded packaging, wire and fabric to draw waste back up the disposal tract of consumption by configuring it into a product.

These products fly above, or below, the radar of Taste and Technology. They live on the ceiling, quiet junk babies, and are easily overlooked. They enjoy low technical resolution, only being resolved enough to exist. The sculptures are wrapped to make them stable, so that they don’t change, deteriorate or collapse. This stability exempts them from the cycle of decay and regeneration. The synthetic stuff they’re made of supports this stable state. Despite being un-useful and uncared for, they are full of energy, silently wriggling around in the space above us. They are sequestered under their own system of organisation that is outside our consumptive chain of cause and effect, so are practically invisible to us.

Maree Wilson
Maree’s project is sited in a gallery space that was once a domestic home. The walls are lined and the ceiling is lowered with up to fifty sheets of custom wood that have been hand drilled, bored away and painted. The light leaks into the space to illuminate the dark forming shadows and reflections. The architecture of this work is manipulated to create an uneasy claustrophobic structure which explores the slippage between childhood and adult awareness.

Waitakere City Stamp Design

WCCAC Members Exhibition
Exhibition Opens: Thursday 19th April at 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 20th April – Sunday 20th May 2007

Artists from the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council have each created a stamp design for Waitakere City. Themes range from historic to contemporary and urban to rural, but in all cases will tell a story, or reference some aspect of the Waitakere area.

Alex Sunde - Portrait of a Painter (b.1924 - d.1999)

Portrait by Alex Sunde
Exhibition Opens: Thursday 19th April at 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 20th April – Sunday 20th May

Alex Sunde, painter, designer and musician is one of New Zealand’s great unrecognised talents. Growing up on the family orchard in Oratia in the 1930s and 40s, Alex was inspired by the people and environment around him. He attended Elam at the University of Auckland and while he continued to be involved in the family business on and off over the years, his creativity spurred him into various artistic occupations. He designed advertising illustrations for a local PR firm and labels for wine growers, while still producing prolific amounts of paintings and drawings in his spare time.

His style is eclectic; flowing sinuous brush strokes with heavily laden colour, boldly delivered line-drawings and lightly washed water-colours, all translated into a variety of subject areas from self-portraits to landscapes to abstract forms. An exhibition was not possible during Alex’s lifetime because he didn’t consider any of his work finished enough for display - in this and indeed in most things, Alex was a perfectionist – his work is a vibrant testimony to a creative life.

Te Atatu 2: Photographs of Te Atatu Peninsula

Peppermint Twist by John B Turner
John B. Turner and Tim Mackrell
Exhibition Dates: Friday 25th May – Sunday 1st July

Tim Mackrell and John B. Turner have been independently photographing aspects of Te Atatu Peninsula, where John has now lived for nine years and Tim for five.
Tim Mackrell concentrates on aspects of the new housing and commercial developments of Te Atatu, and artifacts found on his walks. As the photographer/archivist in the Anthropology Department of the University of Auckland, and an Elam graduate in photography and sculpture, he is increasingly drawn to the beauty and meaning discovered in found objects, whether a nail, abandoned household effects, or the unconscious sculptural arrangement of building materials.
By way of contrast John B. Turner tends to concentrate on people in their workplaces, on the street, in their homes and at play. The arrival of new cultures into the community and the rise and fall of numerous businesses in and around Te Atatu Road is of particular interest to him along with the many holiday’s and festivals happening on the streets. John is a lecturer in photography at the Elam School of Fine Arts.
This exhibition has been scheduled as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

John B. Turner will give an artists’ floor talk on Sunday 10th June at 11am

Tokens from the Game – Take Two

Brick Sculpture by Peter Lange
An Outdoor Installation of Sculptural Brickworks by Peter Lange
Exhibition Dates: Friday 25th May – Sunday 1st July 2007

Peter Lange has been working in ceramics for over 30 years, and began creating sculptures from bricks four years ago. In 2002 he launched and floated a brick boat in the Waitemata Harbour, and since then has created many other objects from bricks. In this exhibition, set in the parkland of the Corban Estate, Peter will exhibit eight new brick works including a paper dart, a bell, a camera and a wood plane, as well as a few other surprises. These works are the result of his time spent as the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Craft/Object
Fellowship award which he received in late 2005.
Peter was first inspired to make objects from bricks after years building kilns, and being intrigued by the roof arches, and the way bricks were able to form beautiful curves. Sitting in an anagama kiln one day and feeling like he was under a boat was the inspiration to build a brick boat. Many of the brick pieces he creates have a sense of nostalgia, and reference objects from his childhood – for example a lilo, paper dart, and dodgem car. There is a playful and quirky element to these pieces. Generally Peter sources the raw materials from
industrial suppliers, but has also been known to make his own bricks to use in the sculptures. He
says there is something ‘honest and basic’ about
bricks, and transforming them into soft, curvaceous forms is a challenge he enjoys.

Matariki – Te Hononga Tangata (The Joining of the People)

Painting by Tony Brown
Tony Brown, Todd Douglas and Ann Uerata
Exhibition Opens: Thursday 5th July, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 6th July – Sunday 12th August

The coming of the Maori New Year heralds change…a new phase of life. It brings with it the opportunity to merge old traditions with new innovations. Three artists, a painter, a weaver and a sculptor come together with a show that challenges the viewer with new conventions in Maori art.
Tony Brown is a painter, whose passion is to create works that inspire powerful and emotive responses from the viewer, grappling with issues such as depression, loneliness, sobriety and adoption.
Ann Uerata is an experienced tutor and weaver, having taught weaving at both CEAC and Unitec in the past. Ann states – “Take time to create, think and make what you imagine. There are unusual things of beauty that weaving as an art can use…nature’s simple things like a hen feather, beautiful on its own, but when encompassed within a new creation, transforms into a unique art work.”
Todd Douglas sculpts in clay, using techniques inspired by early Maori carvings. “My expression of who I am is reflected in the medium of clay [and] my ceramic sculpture which is primarily inspired by my whakapapa, both Maori and Pakeha, and by my environment.”

Mixed Metaphors

Mixed Metaphors
Linda Cook, Emma Harris, Matthew Harris and Cruz Jimenez
Exhibition Opens: Thursday 16th August, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 17th August – Sunday 30th September

Mixed Metaphors is a multi-disciplinary show comprised of three artists working within their specific genres: painting, poetry, and installation. It plays on the fact that the artists are the ’mix’ and their metaphors are put together in one space. Each artist looks at the manner in which a metaphor communicates with the observer/audience, and how a metaphor ‘transfers’ or ‘carries across’ meaning from one form to another. The exhibition points towards synthesis…a working out of an idea to bring reconciliation. “We have words – each of us has chewed the words – ingested, digested and spewed, we all absorb ‘thesis, antithesis and synthesis’ and finally we reach a point where each of us is reflecting on the same word or mark or memory – a sensual moment where we are all connecting….”

Programmed to coincide with the Going West Books and Writers Festival.

Pacific Vocation

Disrupted Field by Nathan Suniula
Selected Artists
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 4th October, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 5th October - Sunday 11th November 2007

The cultures of our world have inevitably merged as emigration and technology expand and absorb borders, exposing us to different ideas, languages and processes. New Zealand and the islands of the Pacific, however, share a unique spirit of developing new art practices that produce challenging, fresh work while preserving the core cultural identity of the artists. This dichotomy; traditional culture blending with new innovations is of course, not a new concept but it is a brave move for any artist is to look at their world, reassess, reinterpret and re-present – reassessment often involves taking a step back surveying the past - I would suggest Pacific art steps forward, moving through traditional art forms and practice and on, absorbing, innovating . The young pacific artists included in this show have all taken a step forward and reassessed their culture and their surroundings, to produce thought provoking works, often with a touch of humour and always with a message.

Material Concerns

Selected artists
Friday November 16th – Sunday December 9th 2007
Opening: Thursday November 15th, 6pm

A gauntlet thrown down in challenge to all artists – be it sculptors, painters, potters, or jewellers to produce affordable pieces of jewellery or body adornment. The works will be made from materials not traditionally used for jewellery or adornment pieces e.g. found objects, canvas, wood, paper, clay….the list could go on forever! The challenge is not only to manipulate materials but to create a desirable object by stretching the boundaries of meaning – what makes an item precious? The materials? The artist who made it? Or subjective associations….You decide!

If you are interested in participating in this exhibition please download and complete the pdf at the bottom of the page.


Mark Warner
Featuring artists from the Further Education and Training Service (FEAT) which provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Urban Archaeology: Digging It

The Urban Archaeology Collective: Louise Dentice, Judy Meehl, Jude Rae, Hilary Kerrod, Helen Perrett
Friday 14th December 2007– Sunday 20th January 2008
Opening: Thursday 13th December, 6pm

The Urban Archaeology collective is comprised of makers, sculptors and potters, and is a forum for the generation of ideas and experiments. Urban Archaeology: Digging It is an exploration of the diaspora that exists in West Auckland and indeed, the rest of New Zealand. The varied cultural groups that have chosen West Auckland as their new home have, over decades of settlement, created layers of signifiers and artefacts that are still being discovered. There is a distinct ‘presence of absence’ – the lingering clues of past inhabitation, the people long dead or moved on…. The Urban Archaeologists have dug down through the layers of meaning and dirt to present us with an exhibition that vibrates with the absence of what was once here through the juxtaposition of empty vessels and unattended feasts….

Hodges' Waterfalls

Installation by Christine Hellyar
Christine Hellyar
Friday 14th December – Sunday 20th January 2008
Opening: Thursday 13th December, 6pm

A one room installation inspired by William Hodges painting, Waterfall in Dusky Bay, 1773. Hodges was the official draughtsman on Captain Cook’s ship, Resolution, with instructions to not only record the contours and coordinates of the land but gather sketches of the local places and people for the production of landscape paintings. As was the practice for explorers of the time, Cook carried with him various items, including cloth – tablecloths, handkerchiefs and printed reams for clothing or curtains to distribute as gifts or to trade with the indigenous people they encountered on their travels. Dusky Bay was the first stop of his second voyage and the family depicted in many of Hodges paintings were therefore the first among many to be confronted with these particular modes of exchange. In this installation, Hellyar uses the same types of cloth to create her own waterfalls of colour and meaning, covering the walls with flowing drops of material, spilling on to the floor to puddle at your feet.
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