|We have three new exhibitions coming up at end of October:
Forage — Ross Malcolm
Habitat — Mandy Patmore
Yoke — Angela Tiatia
Exhibitions open Thurs 22 October, 6pm – 8pm
Shows run from Fri 23 October – Sun 29 November 2015
Conservation and sustainability influence Ross Malcolm’s contemporary jewellery practice. Malcolm forages amongst indigenous flora in his practice, to take a stand against issues threatening natural and native eco systems. This exhibition features a series of brooches and neckpieces made in response to the devastating effects of Kauri Dieback disease, the successful fight to save 6 pohutukawa trees in Western Springs against road developments, and the endangered wood rose (Dactylanthus taylorii).
From forest to housing, rubbish pile to gallery, Mandy Patmore’s installation explores the notion of habitat. Patmore acknowledges the journeys of native trees, growing in their natural environment providing shelter for flora and fauna, before being logged to build homes for people. Working entirely on reclaimed native timber from demolished houses, a multitude of intricately painted plants and wildlife have their homes returned to them in a different form.
Yoke is a moving image installation featuring works by Angela Tiatia that contemplate globalisation and capitalisation in the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting on the consequence of out-sourcing production overseas, Tiatia has filmed factory working life here and in China capturing the people behind the anonymous low cost labour force. The undesirable effect of foreign investment on developing countries is highlighted in another work that documents the failed and abandoned Sheraton Resort in Rarotonga.