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The Pleasure of Making

Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

A fantastic new article on object-making taking centre stage in galleries around New Zealand. 

Red Room's wall is bare now

Red Room's wall is bare now

The individual blooms and holders are being carefully numbered for future installations

The individual blooms and holders are being carefully numbered for future installations

And carefully packed away.

And carefully packed away.

Red Room installed. Photographer: John Lake

Red Room installed. Photographer: John Lake

The Christchurch Art Gallery has just released its ever-wonderful Bulletin publication. This edition features a long and heavily-illustrated article by Christchurch-based writer, curator and manager of the contemporary craft symposium and fair Warren Feeney.

In The Pleasure of Making: Objects taking centre stage in the space of the art gallery, Warren looks at The Dowse's own Slip Cast, Auckland Art Gallery's Freedom Farmers and Christchurch Art Gallery's Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker and asks whether it's more than coincidence that three major galleries around the country ran near-simultaneous exhibitions focused on materiality and process of making.

Here at the gallery we're just in the process of taking Slip Cast down - throughout the morning I watched as Suji Park's work installed below my window was carefully packed away. Above I've added a few photos of the take-down of Bruce Dehnert's Red Room.

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