27 May 2020
The Govett-Brewster’s Window Gallery has been bringing art to the street for many years.
In collaboration with Taranaki Arts Trail, we are asking local creatives to turn their own windows into galleries, to not only bring art to their own street but also online, so that we can all continue to see new exhibitions, while at home.
Each week, our creatives were asked to find or create an artwork based on a letter of the alphabet.
The final theme for this series was the letter ‘M’.
Possible ideas could be Modernist, macabre, Magnificent, Minimalism, Matte, Mixed Media, Middle ground etc - we left the artistic interpretation up to our creatives.
M is for: Mono Montage for Meditation
Kristina's work this week is a creative writing and visual exploration of dissimilar
mediums and forms that she unified in a visually arresting monochromatic statement to assist with imaginary guided meditation.
“As you breathe in, imagine our large colourful world turning monochrome. Where you see, think and speak in B&W; you eat and drink things that are B&W; humans and interiors are dressed in hypnotic geometric lines; native trees suddenly are stripped of colour and Koi Fish once saturated appear mysteriously ghost-like. Imagine a world of “colours so vast” that no symbol of Yin and Yang can match them…. As you breathe out, relax - though Black and White is more, colour is everything. Colour of Black and White" - Dominic Rouse.
M is for: Mystery
This artwork comes from an exhibition by Amanda based on the collections of Taranaki based Mokau Museum and Gallery and Puke Ariki.
As part of her research, Amanda drew objects in the collections and noted identification numbers on some of the toki. Number 27 refers to the position of a toki collected within a landscape.
These multipurpose tools required skill and time to create. The type of stone they are made from, gives clues as to where they might have been made, but for the majority, who created and used these remains a mystery.
Amanda works from her home studio and her practice focuses on, “stories that form our identity as a nation. The lockdown has been thought provoking, a time of reflection. I am not sure what the story will be yet”.
M is for Mother
Lulu Studio Art, is run by Laura Buchanan, from her home pottery studio located on the Taranaki Surf Highway.
Laura loves creating “human forms portraying emotions and bonds” in her work.
For this window gallery, she presents a piece inspired by her own journey, of being a mother.
“It's not all beautiful. We have cracks and faults. The glaze resembles bone, portraying the two as one, from the same bone.”
The artist says she loved being at home with her husband and children during lockdown and felt there was always something to do on their little lifestyle block in South Taranaki.
Dimphy De Vaan:
M is for: Madness!
Dimphy De Vaan's practice has explored various techniques and mediums including wood turning, weaving with harakeke, and stone carving.
For this window display, Dimphy presents a multicolour painted in 2016.
“I love experimenting with colour and breaking the rules. It's all about the process, the journey. The end product is just a bonus.”
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M is for: Mid-Century Minimalism and Mindful Art - Making
Ché’s practice is often inspired by art movements of the 20th century, and how those creatives envisioned the future.
Whether it be the clean, simple design of mid-century minimalism, playful Op and Pop art, Russian Constructivism and Orphism art, or even pop culture film classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, this retro-futurism continues to inspire his work.