Exhibition Opening 8th Aug 2020

Photos Mark Dwyer

We Opened:

Candice Lin: Pigs and Poison
8 Aug - 20 Nov 2020
Galleries 1, 2, 3 & 4.
The acclaimed Los Angeles based artist's first solo show in the Southern Hemisphere. Debuting at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, this survey exhibition brings together newly commissioned and existing works by LA-based artist Candice Lin. Through her art practice, Lin explores legacies of Chinese migration and the interconnected cultivation of crops like tobacco, sugar cane, poppy, and fungi. Lin looks at how the racialized language around plants and their use in parallel narratives of vitality and contamination.
The stories told weave together the Chinese, American, and British colonial specificities to deliver a complex view of lesser-known histories of Chinese migration that have echoes in New Zealand and uncanny relevance today. Curated by Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh.

Sorawit Songsataya: Rumours (Mermaid)
8 Aug - 15 Nov 2020
Queen Street
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre Artist Residency Programme 2020 supports three artists to undertake month-long residencies in their own homes and studios. Outcomes of these residencies will be presented on digital platforms by the Gallery over the next six months. The programme is supported by Creative New Zealand and NPDC.

Rumours (Mermaid) is the outcome of Songsataya’s residency, which has focused on researching the local ecological and geographic histories of Ngāmotu, and in particular Paritutu Rock and the Sugar Loaf Islands. The exhibition considers the distance and difference humans construct between themselves and the natural world, and how this sits in contrast with our desire to reconnect with the environment. Curated by Hanahiva Rose.