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Can't Be Together

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20 Jun – 01 Nov 2020
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Lois White, Allegro (Dancers), c1948. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by the Friends of The Dowse in remembrance of the Friends Foundation President Mary Mackenzie, 1978

Lois White, Allegro (Dancers), c1948. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by the Friends of The Dowse in remembrance of the Friends Foundation President Mary Mackenzie, 1978

Neil Dawson, Enclosure, 1978. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1979

Neil Dawson, Enclosure, 1978. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1979

Michael Smither, Thomas's First Jump, 1974. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1980 with the assistance of the QEII Arts Council of New Zealand

Michael Smither, Thomas's First Jump, 1974. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1980 with the assistance of the QEII Arts Council of New Zealand

Ann Culy, Breastfeeding from “The Distance between bodies” series, 2000. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by the artist 2014

Ann Culy, Breastfeeding from “The Distance between bodies” series, 2000. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by the artist 2014

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Can’t Be Together (install view) at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Shaun Matthews

Neil Dawson, Enclosure (install view), 1978. Can’t Be Together at The Dowse, 2020.

Neil Dawson, Enclosure (install view), 1978. Can’t Be Together at The Dowse, 2020.

Peter Robinson, Tribe, Subtribe (install view), 2013. Can’t Be Together at The Dowse, 2020.

Peter Robinson, Tribe, Subtribe (install view), 2013. Can’t Be Together at The Dowse, 2020.

There are spaces that encourage us to be together and keep us apart. They define how we move, what we do and the way we interact with one another.

It’s these physical and sometimes emotional parameters that help us negotiate our personal relationships on a daily basis. Whether we are wanting to be social, intimate or have time away from our significant others, we are constrained and directed by the environments and objects that we surround ourselves with. Living rooms, beds, kitchen tables and public parks all impact on the way we live.

With a quirky combination of artworks from The Dowse Collection, Can’t Be Together is an exhibition exploring the notion of togetherness in its various forms. From a vase of flowers to say sorry, get well soon or I love you, a portable chair made for two or a touching portrait of a child’s first jump, each individual work speaks to the need for us to express our connections to one another.

Can’t Be Together features works by Nick Austin, Susannah Bridges, Jim Cooper, Chiara Corbelletto, Ann Culy, Julian Dashper, Neil Dawson, Edward Fuller, Janet Green, Kate Newby, Peter Robinson, Layla Rudneva-Mackay, Terry Stringer, Ann Verdcourt, Lois White and Cliff Whiting.