Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Southland Gallery’

So here is a tale about the oddest thing that has ever happened to me in an art gallery. I managed to swoop by the Eastern Southland Art Gallery just after Christmas to see the Matthew Couper show Thirty-Three. It was excellent and a great concept. I particularly liked the Christ Canvas part of the central installation.

While I was there I decided to post a message to the artist via Facebook saying I was there and I thought it was great (what a fan-girl *sigh*). When I looked up for my messaging a patron, an older gentle man was glaring at me…oh well I though and went through to the Hotere Gallery. Now something struck me about the hanging of three panels of Hotere’s at the end of the gallery and I did something I have seldom done before and took a photo.

This wasn’t a quick decision for me but I was thinking about many of these posts and Courtney’s discussion of this topic on National Radio. Recently I’d been to the re-opened Otago Settlers Museum that actually invited you to take photos and I also had in mind Matthew Couper himself and his many Facebook photos of artworks in galleries.

Anyway the older gentleman approached me and said “Taking photos of the artworks eh??” He was visibly angry; I was quite taken aback. I offered to delete the photo if it upset him that much and his response was “I don’t even want to speak to you” and he stomped right out of the art gallery.

Now I HATE upsetting people or causing a fuss so I was quite upset. But over the week or so I’ve decided it perhaps was not the best idea I’ve ever had, but actually was it that enraging? I would have liked to know what this man’s specific problem was…

The funny thing is the picture I took is a unrecognisable complete blur, perhaps as John Lydon sang, anger is an energy…

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I noticed that some of the Rita Angus paintings in the John Money Collection at the Eastern Southland Gallery were worthy of inclusion in the “Life and Vision“. Arguably (and this is only my opinion) the two moon paintings in the Money collection are equal or better than those in the show. One is from the strangely ovular 1965 series but I prefer  “Moon, London, 1960” (couldn’t find a pic sorry).

Because I am naïve about these things I have questions. Mainly how were the pictures selected for “Life and Vision”? It appears they mainly came from the Angus Estate/Te Papa.

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Well I finally got to a an event that I’d planned to. The drive from Mosgiel to Gore (yes I know, I know..) was fun. It was an incredibly worthwhile evening at the Eastern Southland Gallery, seeing work by Peter Peryer and Helen Badcock and meeting some e-friends in person.


I’ve been tardy writing about it today because the evening provided blog material that could last a week and just how to phrase it all? There were small points that I was taken with, the building of course is gorgeous and it was nice to have a small crowd in a small venue where the director hands around the refreshments (would you see that happening at the City Gallery?)

Let me start with Helen Badcock’s “Works on Paper”. These were a selection of wonderfully intimate life studies, ‘ first solo showing. Although Helen said she normally preferred the female form, it was her charcoal on paper drawings of Daniel that drew me in. Maybe it was the beard – very ‘late Baxter’ or as I’d been listening to Scroobius Pip on the drive to Gore and “…Pip has got a great beard. It’s the kind of beard that mice peep out of in Quentin Blake illustrations, that Edward Lear nests larks in. ” I digress – it was great work and I look forward to seeing more lithographs when she resumes working in that medium.

The evening was also the closing of Peter Peryer’s “Studio Show” with works from his time in based in southern New Zealand in 2007  and 2008. ‘The gallery space in this instance has become his temporary studio, and the photographer has utilised the walls to randomly pin up ‘digital proofs’ or images for further consideration’ .  Although I’d seen many of the photos before on his blog, as usual it was great to see them in person and on the wall. I was very pleased to see a personal favourite of mine, the whitebait, on the wall too.

One thing that struck me is how different Peryer’s newer photos are from his older work. These pictures are mostly fun, quirky and light, vastly different from the dark, intense pictures you can see here. Obviously artists and their art change over time and actually I would presume that maintaining that kind of initial intensity would be…tiring?

It was a pleasure meeting Peryer and chatting about his art and time in Central Otago particularly (having lived there myself for some time). Also great to meet fellow blogger the Paradoxical Cat (a generous and ‘knowing’ guide to the Money Collection).

And the theme for the drive home – the great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – what a wonderful world indeed.

* One of the Scroobius Pip vs Dan Le Sac songs I been listening to heavily “This is the beat that my heart skipped when we first met” absolutely wonderful lyrics from start to finish here, or the video here. Read into this what you will, but it’s all good when art makes your heart skip.

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