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Sleeping Arrangements

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21 Apr – 19 Aug 2018
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Zac Langdon-Pole, Gloss (1. My body a clot of inscriptions), 2016, courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett

Zac Langdon-Pole, Gloss (1. My body a clot of inscriptions), 2016, courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

GRANT LINGARD, FLAG. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY TE PUNA O WAIWHETU. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

GRANT LINGARD, FLAG. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY TE PUNA O WAIWHETU. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, NIGHT SWIMMER. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, NIGHT SWIMMER. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, THE LETTER. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF KIM BRICE, NELSON. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, THE LETTER. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF KIM BRICE, NELSON. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, AIDS QUILT DEDICATED TO SIMON MORLEY. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF TIM MCWHANNELL AND TERRY STRINGER, AUCKLAND. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, AIDS QUILT DEDICATED TO SIMON MORLEY. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF TIM MCWHANNELL AND TERRY STRINGER, AUCKLAND. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, ECLIPSE. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM, GIFTED BY THE ARTIST 1993. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

MALCOLM HARRISON, ECLIPSE. INSTALLATION VIEW. COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM, GIFTED BY THE ARTIST 1993. PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN LAKE.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW, 2018. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW, 2018. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, WAITING OUTSIDE, AND ZAC LANGDON-POLE, GLOSS 1–6, AND MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE).  SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, Installation View. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, WAITING OUTSIDE, AND ZAC LANGDON-POLE, GLOSS 1–6, AND MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE). SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, Installation View. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, WAITING OUTSIDE, AND ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, WAITING OUTSIDE, AND ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

MICHEAL MCCABE, 'WAITING OUTSIDE' 2018, DETAIL. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Installation view of Zac Langdon-Pole's 'My Body… (Brendan Pole)' and 'Gloss 1–6' (2016 courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland) in Sleeping Arrangements. Photographer John Lake.

Installation view of Zac Langdon-Pole's 'My Body… (Brendan Pole)' and 'Gloss 1–6' (2016 courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland) in Sleeping Arrangements. Photographer John Lake.

ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), AND GLOSS 1–6, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW.  Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), AND GLOSS 1–6, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), AND GLOSS 1–6, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW.  Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

ZAC LANGDON-POLE, MY BODY… (BRENDAN POLE), AND GLOSS 1–6, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS, INSTALLATION VIEW. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sleeping Arrangements pivots around a moment of crisis—the beginning of the second decade of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. This exhibition uses the epidemic to provide a shared context within which meditations on intimacy, tactility, memory and desire are offered.

Featuring works by Malcolm Harrison (1941–2007), Grant Lingard (1961–1995), Zac Langdon-Pole (b. 1988), and Micheal McCabe (b. 1994), Sleeping Arrangements proposes a queer time and space in which bodies, objects and languages are invited to encounter, play with and complicate each other.

A selection of quilts by Malcolm Harrison provides a point of departure for the exhibition. These works are rendered in a visual language at once generous and playfully coy, and demonstrate the artist’s skill as a storyteller. The quilts locate Harrison within a community of friends and lovers, and prompt a critical re-examination of the ways the artist navigated his identity, politics and sexuality through a complex and often contradictory aesthetic and sensory vocabulary.

Alongside Harrison are three artists whose work troubles the relationship between language, desire and identity. They transform intimate objects into sites of contestation and open up space for reconsidering ornamentation, surface effects and the body’s relation to textiles and architectural space.

Sleeping Arrangements brings to bear new perspectives on a crisis that remains unresolved and unfinished. The show suggests a non-linear model of queer history based on intergenerational intimacy, erotic encounters and tactile pleasures.

Sleeping Arrangements is curated by Simon Gennard, the 2017–2018 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern.

Sleeping Arrangements essay by Simon Gennard 

IN THE MEDIA

Interview: Simon Gennard, Artists Alliance, retreived 20 March 2018

Preview: Sleeping Arrangements, express, retreived 10 April 2018

Three picks from Director of The Dowse Art Museum, Article Magazine, retreived 11 May 2018