Trish Clark Gallery is pleased to present the annual “taking stock” – a group show of seasonal celebration, opening to the public on 13 December. Rich and full, “taking stock” brings together artists whose work across painting, sculpture, photography and moving image is highly diverse yet resonant with unexpected relationships. “taking stock’” is not just a summer stock show, but reminds us at this juncture that “it’s time for a cup of tea and a lie down” (to paraphrase the immortal words of an earlier New Zealand Prime Minister, David Lange), to collect ourselves and take stock, thinking about our lives, our relationships, our politics, our place in the world…freer than most from the influence of Brexit and Trump, but with our own earthquake stresses…
Works fresh from the studio, including Heather Straka’s new suite and four from Ann Shelton’s new body of works, jane says, unveiled in Dark Matter – her survey exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, sit alongside treasures of extended lineage, including the elemental qualities of Stephen Bambury’s large scale works. The broad material palette of the exhibition also embraces glass by Galia Amsel and new stone pieces by John Edgar. Anthony McCall’s sinuous line drawings make an appearance alongside his seminal 1972 film, Landscape for Fire. The fire theme extends from the conceptual and material basis of Phil Dadson’s March Music, the third iteration in Dadson’s long-durational performance piece to be undertaken during sequential months over a 12-year span. Each day of March 2016, as he had done through February 2015 (referencing the numerals of February) and January 2014 (all light airiness), Dadson prepared with meditation, and then brought paint, ink, wax, burn and smoke marks to bear on Fabriano paper to create a suite of works that speak to our volcanic islands with their fragile ecology and Mars, the ancient god of war, so pressing elsewhere.
WISHING EVERYONE WARM GREETINGS OF THE SEASON
TRISH CLARK GALLERY WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY 3 JANUARY, 2017