Raw Material provides a look into Taranaki artist Fiona Clark’s early practice from 1972-1981.
Ka rukuhia e Raw Material te tikanga toi a te ringatoi o Taranaki, arā, ko ngā mahi toi a Fiona Clark mai i te tau 1972 ki 1981.
Kaitakatū/Curated by Sarah Wall
On Sugar Loafing Arts Cast, Fiona Clark takes us on a tour of her exhibition Raw Material at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Presenting a selection of materials from the artist’s extensive archive, Raw Material situates Clark’s work in a complex web of interrelationships. The possible starting points are manifold – from her performance and film works, to photographs of the artist’s family, dancers Valerie Deakin and Da Katipa, Opunake bodybuilder Quentin Smith, as well as Arnold Schwarznegger and New Zealand bodybuilding champion Karen Gadsby (formerly Burns). Accompanied by personal commentary and texts, Raw Material reveals connections and continuities between Clark’s childhood dance training, her work produced at the Sculpture Department at Elam School of Fine Arts, and her fascination with bodybuilding and other performing, posing bodies.
Raw Material highlights the centrality of relationships to Clark’s practice, a theme which continues in Public Network, a temporary library of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery publications located in an unexpected corner of the museum. In both Raw Material and Public Network, Clark creates spaces for visitors to form their own connections, just as Clark the artist herself does when she collaborates with others to take a photograph, building a relationship with both those who helped make the image, and with us, the viewers.
Ka whakaaturia hētehi o ngā mahi nō te kohinga whakahirahira o te ringatoi nei - mā Raw Material e kōtuitui i ngā hononga. Me tīmata ki whea - he toi whakaari, he toi ataata, he kaponga whakaahua o te whānau, he kaikanikani e kīia ana ko Valerie Deakin rāua ko Da Kātipa, ā, e kitea ana te kaiwhakapāuaua o Opunake e kīia ana ko Quentin Smith, waihoki te mata o Arnold Schwarznegger i tō Karen Gadsby taha (he kaiwhakapāuaua toa o Aotearoa, ā, i mōhiotia ko Burns i tōna wā). He kōrero ā-waha me ngā tuhituhinga hei taunaki hoki, ā, ka tūhuratia e Raw Material ngā hononga auraki a Clark i ngā mahi kanikani, i hāna mahi i te Sculpture Department i Elam School of Fine Arts me tōna kaingākau ki ngā mahi whakapāuaua me ngā mahi toi whakaari.
Ka tuhi atu a Raw Material ki te pūtake o ngā mahi a Clark, ā, ka tere tonu tēnei tikanga i ngā pukapuka o ngā kohikohinga toi o Te Whare Pīataata o Govett-Brewster i te whakaaturanga o Public Network e hunaia ana i tētehi o ngā koko o te whare pīataata. Ka rāhiritia ngā manuwhiri e Fiona mā te tūhonohono i te tangata ki Raw Material me Public Network, me te aha he pērā tonu tā Clark whai i roto i hāna mahi kapokapo whakaahua ki tō tāngata kē taha. Mā tēnei ka tipu ai, ka pūmau tonu ai ngā here ki ngā ringa i whāwhā i ngā mahi ki te hunga mātai i ngā taonga nei.