07 May 2020
In collaboration with Taranaki Arts Trail we’re continuing our Window Gallery project, which sees local artists, designers and creatives turn their own windows into galleries. ⠀
Find out more about Taranaki Arts Trail and the artists involved at www.taranakiartstrail.co.nz⠀
This week, our creatives were tasked to find or create an artwork based on the Letter ‘P’.
Perhaps it could be a Photomontage, something Painterly or Psychedelic, a Portrait, or simply, a Picture? ⠀
We’re leaving the creative interpretation up to our local artists.⠀
Look out on our Instagram every Thursday, for the chosen theme and to see the Window Galleries that are created. ⠀
P is for: Planet
“Who would have known our planet could be sliced into so many layers?”
Glass artist Richard Landers presents his latest window gallery – a piece crafted last year, in response to NASA's search for a new planet.
Richard has successfully grown his Glass Gallery from a small studio space over 30 years ago, to his present studio and gallery space in Oakura, which holds numerous award-winning works.
He was a recipient of the New Zealand Art Show's 2019 Top 10 award and is currently exhibiting in this year’s online show.
P is for: Pencil Drawing.
Ché Rogers presents his pencil artwork, titled Grafile which reflects the theme of interconnectedness, which often surfaces in the artist’s work - our relationship with nature, symmetry, reflection, growth, space, time, and the inseparable relationship between motion, light and sound.
For Ché, “everything is connected in some way, whether it’s people to nature, nature to art, art to music, music to machine, machine to people. In the end, always and forever, we come full circle.”
P is for: Peacock Chair.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr Seuss.
Here, upholstery artist Kristina Weston of Red Couch, shows how her redesign and breathes new life into a vintage Queen Anne armchair.
It’s typical of Kristina’s approach, which combines bold colours and patterns, her own printed fabrics and recycled textures like wool and velvet to create one-off pieces that aim to spark joy.
The artist refers to a poem titled Peacock and Nightingale by Robert Finch, as a fitting accompaniment to the reworked piece, which now displays “its true colours in a way only a peacock can”.
P is for: Paths and Pauses on my Palimpsest.
“Into this palimpsest, stitch paths have been laid, resembling the stops and starts, directions and changes I have undertaken, responding to the impact of experiences and emotions over time”.
This work by Opunake-based textile artist Viv Davy @silktangles, is built on multiple layers of felt, which over time, have been dyed with endemic plants and found objects – naturally imprinting their surfaces with nuanced prints, colours and textures.
The work references the artist’s own history – her own many years and experiences mirrored in the diverse layers of this piece – something Viv has been able to reflect on during this current time: “This quiet period of restricted living has enabled me to focus on materialising my life journey so far, pausing, ready for whatever the next reality presents me”.
P is for: Promise in Pink.
Take a look at this 9ct rose gold and pink drop tourmaline ring design from Ringcraft Moana Jewellers in Oakura, Taranaki, which recently announced its return to normal opening hours. Created by head jeweller, Rob Wright, who trained at Cartier in London, the vision was to create a piece that reflects the colour shades of the pink tourmaline gem, within a metal setting that allows maximum light reflection to showcase it.
P is for: Pandemic Power.
This work by New Plymouth artist Jan Huijbers symbolises the level 4 lockdown experience, which he describes as “like an unrealistic phantom pandemic world named, the Coronavirus”.
The squares of numbers form a kind of counting down or number of days under lockdown, while the green areas represent so-called ‘safe bubbles’.
The full-time artist, originally from the Netherlands, moved to Aotearoa back in 1983. With experience exhibiting both internationally and across New Zealand, last year, he brought together numerous well-known Taranaki artists for the Artocracy exhibition Percy Thompson Gallery in Stratford.
Size: 815 x 565 mm.
Medium: acrylic on canvas.
P is for: Piecemeal.
The theme of this artwork is ‘piecemeal’, and represents how “the rise of the right of the individual over the responsibility for a collective good, has changed the political and social landscape”.
Created by New Plymouth-based Amanda Hewlett, she draws on inspiration from New Zealand landscapes and history as well as 20th century artist Rothko, to explore stories about national identity. Amanda chose this work, Fractured Dreams, which she describes as representing “the fractured pieces of our landscape, to reflect on the concepts of ownership and lack of a national identity”.
P is for: P.P.E.
Personal. Protection. Equipment.
“Displayed only at night, a discussion for the dark”
Presentation. Projection. Entertain.
Propaganda. Permanent. Effect.
Permission. Prescription. Engaged.
Perception. Possible. Evaluate.
Planned. Prosecutable. Evidence.
Pay. Profit. Economy.
Participate. Perceive. Equal.
Prepare. Potential. Endings.
Pillar. Pandemic. Event.
People. Power. Energy.
Propaganda. Projection. Entertain.
Personal. Protection. Equipment.
P is for: Preparation
Dwayne was born and raised in Taranaki, Dwayne’s artwork includes painting and sculpture, as-well as digital video and audio, displayed through monitors and projectors, Dwayne’s subjects generally deal to the current state of the human condition.
You are now prepared is a Video collage work that utilities the public domain and original footage to create new narratives.
In the work we have a child who is trying out a gas mask as protection from chemical and biological hazards, shot during cold war era, it goes to show that at any stage society is vulnerable and humans own self protection is important to survival.