23 Apr 2020
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is collaborating with Taranaki Arts Trail to bring the Window Gallery online. Local artists and creatives, will be turning their own windows into galleries, so that audiences can enjoy new exhibitions, while at home.
Find out more about Taranaki Arts Trail and the artists involved at www.taranakiartstrail.co.nz
Govett-Brewster’s Open Window Gallery has been bringing art to the street for many years.
Now, it is looking to bring the open window gallery online, so that we can all continue to enjoy new art, while at home.
The Gallery is collaborating with Taranaki Arts Trail on the Window Gallery Project, which launched today on Instagram.
Each week, we are asking local artists, designers and creatives to turn their own windows into galleries, based on a suggested theme.
The project allow artists based in Taranaki, to not only bring art to their own street but also share their work online, with audiences beyond their local community.
The theme will be based on a chosen letter of the alphabet. The project was launched today, with artists asked to create a window gallery based on the letter A – the format has been left open to the creative interpretation of the artists taking part.
Look out on Instagram every week as we open the window onto the creatives and inspirations that make up the Taranaki arts scene.
A is for: Abstract visual representation of an audio sound wave.⠀
‘Big Blue’ fits into the theme of the letter ‘A’ with its abstract visual representation of an audio sound wave. ⠀
The artwork’s many large circular lines scratched into layers of paint reveal underlining layers, including the shiny aluminum of the substrate. Inspired by the Taranaki coastal landscapes, Ché’s connection to the natural world commonly surfaces in his work.
A is for: Arcs.⠀
Ringcraft Moana have chosen to feature a pair of earrings in their window gallery. ⠀
'A gentle bend in metal reflecting the lustre of two natural abalone pearls. Not knowing if it is convex or concave when looking into the centre, the pearls appear to float.’⠀
Based in the coastal village of Oakura, Taranaki, the studio is run by Head Jeweller Rob Wright and apprentice Belinda Lubkoll. Rob has been designing jewellery in Taranaki for the past 52 years. He got his start learning the trade from a jeweller, who had been trained by Cartier in London. Belinda, originally from Berlin, was a finalist at the 2019 Jewellery Design Awards in Australia.
A is for: Absolute⠀
This Window Gallery by self-taught artist Donna O'Donoghue explores "how things change, nothing is absolute. The artwork represents how things change, one layer is slowly cleaned away to reveal a new brighter layer. It may look messy but there is beauty with in it.”⠀
Primarily working in Resin (abstract) and Digital Media (Surrealism), although she sees herself as a printmaker, woodworker, sculptor and artist. ⠀
Donna’s work is a constant exploration of her identity.⠀
“Each piece I create is simultaneously an extension from the past, it portrays what I’ve learned, as well as a preview of the future, where I’m going.” ⠀
A is for: A Kereru in my Garden?⠀
The view is an actual scene in my garden and the question mark is because I am forever hopeful that one day kereru might visit my garden with all the other native species that abound there.⠀
Born in Taranaki, Margaret Scott has lived all her life in the region. She now resides in Oakura, a coastal village 10 minutes south of New Plymouth, where she works and teaches from her home-built studio.⠀
The local environment, from Mount Taranaki to the coastline, with its shellfish, such as Paua, form personal symbolism, of childhood memories and experiences living here, in her paintings.⠀
A is for: Art!⠀
"I have created a Window Art Exhibition in every window at the Gables Gallery and Studio. Each window has art work from our members of the North Taranaki Art Society. ⠀
My inspiration is “Art is for Everyone” ⠀
I wanted to create something for everyone in our community to come to see, something which includes every one of our exhibiting members. And to show the huge variety of hidden gems, skills and talents we have in Taranaki. ⠀
Joni's art is informed by living specimens gathered from her surroundings. Observing and recording using watercolor and ink, working large scale on canvas to create exciting, energetic works of many layers which seem to come to life.⠀
A is for Alive
This window gallery uses repurposed materials; the writing used driftwood as a brush, while a bed sheet references conception, birth and also death. The banner acknowledges a trading premise window but instead of a 'sale', is promoting human existence in these challenging times - a cause for celebration in this time of reinvention.
Viv and her family operate a permaculture organic food forest, from their home, in the coastal town of Opunake, Taranaki. It’s also where they have built their studio gallery space.
The natural colours, textures and the energy of the ‘wild’ West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island informs Viv’s art practice, which respects traditions, zero waste sustainability and the value of the mundane and our natural world.
She exclusively uses natural pigments and fibers – harvesting traditional dye plants in her garden, gathers native vegetation – and even handweaves on traditional manual looms.
He uses recycled window glass to create his pieces, which explore form and reflection and a fascination with light and colour. ⠀
The glass work in his window gallery, celebrates the Great Cathedral “arches within walls” forms, with sheet glass fractions possibly appearing pixelated, as if in need of restoration.⠀
A is for Abolish
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This artwork by New Plymouth-based Lee Rapira is a response to the Covid-19 virus - both the symptoms that impact the respiratory functions of the body and the social distancing measures that have taken place.⠀
Lee describes her art practice as ‘story-telling using installations, mixed media and paint’.
“I’ve a real desire to tell stories in my approach to creating art and are often, never sure on what I’m going to produce; what medium I’m going to use or what the end result will be”.⠀
A is for Art Deco⠀
This window gallery by artist/illustrator Hayley, a work still in progress, titled ‘Relaxing in Style’, is inspired by 1920-30’s Art Deco portrait artist Tamara de Lempicka.
She says, “my work varies a lot as I am still very much in the stage of experimenting and finding out what I like.... I often paint women, nature and I am drawn to folktales and legends which is a recurring theme in my work".⠀
A is for ‘Applique’ and ‘Awakening Abundance’⠀
Upholstery artist Kristina Weston presents an artwork using leftover fabrics designed by London-based visual artist Arlette Ess, whom Kristina previously commissioned to create a pattern for her ‘In Full Bloom’ fabric print.
For this window gallery, Kristina has cut out koi fish (symbol of luck, prosperity, peace of mind), flower blooms (showing love, passion, confidence, opulence), and butterflies (associated with hope, change, transformation) to weave together this textile narrative about seeing abundance everywhere.⠀
This display of three bears, represents the artist’s family as inhabitants of the home, and exhibited in the window in keeping with that community spirit found during lockdown. Dwayne’s practice includes painting and sculpture, as well as digital video and audio artwork.
Born and raised in Taranaki, Dwayne lives with partner Jess and their 17 month-old daughter, who is learning to hold her pencils and draw scribbles during lockdown.
A is for Absence⠀
Hailing from Warea, in West Taranaki, Milarky presents this window gallery from his current studio in New Plymouth CBD, where his well-known works can be seen adorning the sides of buildings. It’s a location he describes as being ‘uncommonly and perhaps for the first time, been absent of people, and it has had a rare beauty from that withdrawal of its usual subjects”.
“The world is doing things it hasn’t before...this is the age of information, and Artist’s, along with Comedian’s, are some of the last trade’s that are allowed to speak the truth.”
The work also comments on how, while we are all told to stay ‘home’ during lockdown, for Milarky, who has no direct home (his most recent exhibition explored contemporary nomadism), it’s the first time that a fixed location has been required.