Mikala Dwyer <em>Earthcraft</em> 2019, detail, installation view Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett

Mikala Dwyer Earthcraft 2019, detail, installation view Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett

Exhibition

6 Apr 2019 — Ongoing

Mikala Dwyer: Earthcraft

Earthcraft is a work by Australian artist Mikala Dwyer commissioned for the Len Lye Centre’s East Ramp. Dwyer works across installation, sculpture and performance to explore notions of time, space and reality, drawing ideas from science, architecture and the occult.

Commissioned for the grand space of the Gallery’s lower ramp, Mikala Dwyer’s sculptural installation greets visitors on their entrance into the building.

Curated by Sarah Wall, Kaitakatū Toi Hōu / Curator Contemporary Art

He mahinga a Earthcraft nā Mikala Dwyer, te ringa toi o Ahitereiria i utua e Len Lye Centre’s East Ramp. Ka mahi a Dwyer i ngā whakaaturanga maha, ā, ko ngā nekehanga me ngā pakoko hei ruku i ngā wai o wā, o wātea, o tū, me te tātā i ngā huatau o pūtaiao, o whakairo me ngā tikanga.

The title is from an Old English word for geometry (eorðcræft). In Earthcraft we are invited to make our way along the ramp through many objects and diversions, heightening our awareness of both the objects and the interior architecture. Incorporating readymade objects and industrial materials with the handmade and organic, each piece functions as part of a larger narrative. Dwyer trusts our intuition and ability to build associations and affinities. Through a synthesis of geometric forms, materials and symbols, Earthcraft provides clues but remains elusive, suggesting a story rooted in both reality and fiction.

Ka hua mai tōna ingoa i tētehi kupu āhua tawhito. I te whakaaturanga o Earthcraft ka rāhiritia koe i te araroa o āhua me kokenga, me te whakatuanui i te aro ki ngā āhua me ngā whakairo ā-roto. Kua whenumitia ngā mea hangarua ki ngā mea ahumahi, tatū atu ki ngā taonga o te taiao hei whakaniko i tōna kōrero. Ka whakapono a Dwyer ki te hōhonu o te whakaaro tangata me te pūkenga ki te tuitui whakaaro, raraunga hoki. He tīwhiri i Earthcraft i roto i hōnā āhua, hōna rauemi me hōna tohu hoki, waihoki he muna tonu hei whakahau i te tūturutanga me te waihanga hōu hoki.