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Candy Coated

Past Exhibition
02 Apr – 04 Jul 2021
Free

Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Jon Noorlander, Exploding Heads series, 2019-20, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Jon Noorlander, Exploding Heads series, 2019-20, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Alison Nguyen, Dessert-Disaster, 2017-18, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Alison Nguyen, Dessert-Disaster, 2017-18, in Candy Coated, 2021, at The Dowse (install view).

Laura Duffy, Garden of Purity: Open Your Mouth Wide and I Will Fill It, 2018, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Laura Duffy, Garden of Purity: Open Your Mouth Wide and I Will Fill It, 2018, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Wayne Youle, Second (Death of the Skully-pop) 2021, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Wayne Youle, Second (Death of the Skully-pop) 2021, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Patrick Smith, Candy Shop 2019, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Patrick Smith, Candy Shop 2019, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Emily Crooks, Plaything series, 2020, in Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins

Emily Crooks, Plaything series, 2020, in Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins

Elisa Barczak, Salad Days Are Gone, 2016, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Elisa Barczak, Salad Days Are Gone, 2016, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Sam Duckor-Jones, Devilry 2 2019, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Sam Duckor-Jones, Devilry 2 2019, Candy Coated, 2021. Photo by Hagen Hopkins.

Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Jon Noorlander, Sneeze, 2019, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Jon Noorlander, Sneeze, 2019, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Gorge on a visual feast of the sickeningly sweet.

From skull lollipops to disaster-inflected dessert commercials, this exhibition features a fascinating pick ‘n mix of artworks by contemporary international and Aotearoa-based artists who play with an aesthetic of sugary to explore dark and unsettling things that lurk beneath the candy-coated surface.

Turning away from the current gloomy climate of the world, the artists of Candy Coated instead embrace gooey pink bubblegum delights—perhaps responding to that urge to comfort ourselves with sweets during troubled times. Artists include Rachel Maclean (Scotland), Jon Noorlander (Sweden), Alison Nguyen (USA), Patrick Smith (Puerto Rico) and Elisa Barczak (Germany/NZ) alongside Aotearoa-based artists, Laura Duffy, Sam Duckor-Jones, Emily Crooks, and Wayne Youle (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Ngati Pākehā).

Candy Coated is part of The Dowse’s 50th Anniversary programme. Since its founding in 1971, The Dowse has demonstrated a strong tradition of bringing wide-ranging international art practices to local audiences. In the first decade alone, this included exhibitions on Russian art, Japanese ikebana, Australian Aboriginal art, and the photographs of American artist Diane Arbus (1979). More recently, exhibitions of international artists have included To The Moon: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang (2020) and The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery (2018).