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Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

SOLO 2018
10 November – 17 March 2018

A theatre built in a disused swimming pool, intricate weaving, the utopian ideals of community, dissected photography and the cyclical nature of architecture are all on display in The Dowse Art Museum’s summer show, SOLO 2018.

SOLO 2018 showcases new art by local artists: Andrew Beck, Deanna Dowling, Sonya Lacey, Dave Marshall, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson and Annie McKenzie. With projects that span photography, film, painting, weaving and sculpture this exhibition will bring together diverse voices, art forms and points of view to create a snapshot of contemporary art in the Wellington region.

Senior Curator, Melanie Oliver said, “This biennial exhibition celebrates the compelling voices of today’s art world and is one of the ways The Dowse nurtures our artistic community. The Dowse is dedicated to the success and sustainability of art in our region and SOLO allows us to provide opportunities and resources for our local practitioners.”

Each artist in SOLO 2018 is commissioned and supported by The Dowse to create a fresh project especially for the show. Since the series began in 2012 it has featured a range of artists including Matt Hunt, Cat Auburn, Ann Shelton and Ben Buchanan, (2012) Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Samin Son, Moniek Schrijer, (2014) Crystal Chain Gang (Leanne Williams and Jim Dennison), Karl Fritsch, Neil Pardington, Jordana Bragg, Erica van Zon (2016).

The work on display is guaranteed to spark conversation and debate amongst visitors. From the importance of social supports for industrial communities, to indigenous innovation, each work asks audiences to consider issues of sustainability, how we make things and live together.

For more information, interview requests or images, please contact
Melanie Oliver, Senior Curator
Melanie.Oliver@huttcity.govt.nz ǀ 04 560 1474

Sonya Lacey’s major new video installation begins with the story of the St Brides Foundation’s swimming pool and the London printing industry continuing on a poetic narrative that follows the Foundation’s changing focus and architecture.

As Lower Hutt is the heart of Wellington’s printing industry, it is fitting that this work and its implications will be on display at The Dowse.

Sonya Lacey, Production still from St. Bride Foundation swimming pool shoot, 2017. HD video. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Heald

Sonya Lacey, Production still from St. Bride Foundation swimming pool shoot, 2017. HD video. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Heald

Jeweller, weaver and artist Matthew McIntyre-Wilson will weave a large fishing net for SOLO 2018. Thinking of Witi Ihimaera’s book of short stories ‘The New Net Goes Fishing’, McIntyre-Wilson looks at the relationship of tradition, innovation and the cultural heritage of weaving that is so critical to Te Ao Māori. This work will display the craft of Māori net making, based on knots documented by Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck).

Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Hīnaki [detail] 2018 oxidised copper.  Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Hīnaki [detail] 2018 oxidised copper. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Weaver Annie McKenzie and artist Dave Marshall will consider the utopian ideals and practicalities of people coming together as a community. Both artists have experience with networks that exhibit both the benefits and challenges of working as a collective. Exhibiting alongside each other in one gallery, McKenzie and Marshall’s admiration, respect and curiosity for group dynamics will be explored through contemporary weaving, painting and installation.

Annie Mackenzie, Detail of handweaving, 2018.  Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Annie Mackenzie, Detail of handweaving, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Dave Marshall, Father, Son and Holy Ghost (detail), 2018, Milk, seashells, clays and charcoal on board.  Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Dave Marshall, Father, Son and Holy Ghost (detail), 2018, Milk, seashells, clays and charcoal on board. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Andrew Beck produces sculptures that expose or challenge the photographic process. Though Beck’s work may be described as photography, it makes no attempt to capture reality; instead space, composition and architecture are on display in a loose photographic medium. The new installation, created for SOLO 2018, will explore the interactions between sound and light and their graphic representations.

Andrew Beck, Dissipative Structure 1, 2018. Silver gelatin print. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland.

Andrew Beck, Dissipative Structure 1, 2018. Silver gelatin print. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland.

Deanna Dowling’s inspiration for this new video work lies in the cyclic building practices common within Japanese culture, and the impermanence of architecture. One of the walls constructed especially for this exhibition will include a section of wood salvaged from a house under demolition in Tokyo: a reference to the short life span of a house in a suburban area of Tokyo.

Deanna Dowling, Research Image, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Deanna Dowling, Research Image, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

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