I have been slack of late reporting on art I’ve seen. I have this problem … what to say when things aren’t bad , but they aren’t stunning either???? I will try to work though it here in these notes.
Beloved – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Like Brought to Light at the Christchurch Art Gallery, this is a new hang from the collection. It’s bold. It’s NOT subtle. Mostly it works. Great analysis here at EyeContact (see my comment also). An excellent speech at the opening from Hamish Keith. Incredibly sad about how AMs chair was ‘reduced’ by the Judy Millar beside it, mind you it takes a bit to subdue a Clairmont.
Eddie Clemens – Delusional Architecture. Hocken Library Dunedin
The show from his 2009 year as Frances Hodgkins fellow. I’ve seen some of his other work and liked it much better. I hate saying that about art because it’s a touch of “I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’. This show though….I couldn’t make the connections from the artist’s statement with the actual work. Its seemed tired and jaded (maybe that was the point) I liked the shopping trolley photos with fluorescent tubes as handles best – maybe because I spend a lot of time pushing a trolley. Just because I dont’ get it doesn’t mean its bad though. Go and see for yourself.
Martin Thompson – 5 New Works Brett McDowell Gallery
Actually I liked the newer stuff here. Its art you need time with. I liked it. I really liked the ones where the tiny blocks of graph paper had been cut out to fix ‘mistakes’ leaving a kind of signature on the paper.