Cuba Quarter gallery walkabout
Friday 18 May, 2pm - 3:30 pm
Please join us at Bartley + Company Art to meet two of the artists featured in the exhibition “Wai”. Then a short stroll will take us to Robert Heald Gallery to meet Andrew McLeod, whose exhibition will have opened just the day before.
Wai explores the response of artists to the complex environmental and cultural issues around the state of water in New Zealand. Spring-boarding out of a larger show to tour New Zealand, and curated by Ashburton Art Gallery, this exhibition features works by four artists: Bruce Foster, Kate Woods, Peter Trevelyan and Brett Graham. Bruce and Kate will meet with us to talk about this exciting project.
Photographer Bruce Foster is a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University, and has a lifelong interest in the environment. Since the 1980s he has exhibited works creating meditations on the dialogue between natural and man-made environments.
Kate Woods employs found images of traditional and frequently iconic landscapes and disrupts them by re-photographing and inserting her own geometric constructions to create portals to alternative worlds and question representations of the real.
Andrew McLeod’s practice includes painting, digital image-making, and the production of artist’s books. His work operates in a space between collage, sampling and surrealist juxtaposition, sifting through the ever-increasing detritus of visual culture in order to assemble his own personal artistic vernacular. McLeod’s works often make reference to European art history, particularly currently-unfashionable movements such as neo-classicism or the pre-raphaelites, but he is equally as likely to sample from magazine illustrations, scientific diagrams or architectural drawings. McLeod’s non-figurative works are equally rooted in art history, engaging with the historical tradition of abstraction in a sideways, orthogonal manner: his abstractions are often presented in tongue-in-cheek ornate frames, as if to emphasise their status as “serious” art objects.
Note: very limited seating available
Feature image: Detail from: Large yellow green diptych, by Andrew McLeod, 2015, oil on linen, 185 x 300cm
Members only. Numbers are limited. Cost $15 with refreshments at own expense.