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Review of 'James Greig: Defying Gravity'

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

Wellington arts reviewer Mark Amery has written about our current exhibition 'James Greig: Defying Gravity' for The Big Idea website.

James Greig, 'Non centric vessel form', c.1985. Collection of Rhondda Greig Family Trust. Photo: John Casey.

James Greig, 'Non centric vessel form', c.1985. Collection of Rhondda Greig Family Trust. Photo: John Casey.

Writing about James Greig: Defying Gravity, Mark Amery says:

Defying Gravity deserves to gain James Greig wider national recognition. Beautifully presented by the Dowse, Greig’s work is exhibited in communion in its best gallery space, with bowls, platters and vessels on cubic modular tables surrounding a number of his last large major works, from the standing stone-like series ‘Transformation’. In the next door entrance exhibition space early work, influences and documentation are well presented to provide a strong context for the experience.

For all the cultural influences however natural influences strike me more - the work impresses for its singularity. The objects crystallise our appreciation of the fluidity of the natural forces of life. Vases, platters and bowls have a beautiful formal clarity. They act as cradles for motion, holding competing forces in harmony. They fly, turn and flow in form. They undulate in pleasing unexpected ways, capturing as visual statements the transformative power of nature. 

Read the full review, Free Flying and Flowing, on The Big Idea website.

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