UnpackAssembleAddDiscardCreate by Adrian Hall, Sibylle Hofter & William Seeto
Opening Reception: Friday 2 November 6-8pm
Artists’ Talk: TBA
Open Hours: 11am – 5pm, Friday – Sunday, 2 – 11 November 2018
The exhibition examines individual artworks created in diverse locations with works that engage with environments. The concept of location initiates a way of working individually and between artists with established practices and the difficulties encountered are made more prominent by duration and distance.
The exhibition is by three artists who deal with location as they merge and intervene through metaphoric gaps, virtualities not easily categorised as one or the other. By extending experience of localised environments, situations are created whereby sites are adapted and changed to challenge perceptual and personal awareness. In analysing diverse areas and environments, new ways of working are discovered.
By examining differences in work perceived knowledge and experience is extended and heightened, changed and challenged. The bringing together of three established practitioners is significant in that it showcases innovative and exciting new works by artists in the geographical locations of New Zealand, Germany and Australia.
Adrian Hall is an artist with five decades of living and working in the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. His practice involved and moved from painting to formal structures, photo/ video installations and sound works, and all combinations. Currently, photographic works with textual addenda at gallery scale rival his live practice; objects and structures and drawings too. His work practice includes colleagues and friends in improvised visual/ sonic collaboration. He relishes conjugations of mixed gender, race, and generations. He continues to challenge preconceptions of the world; and eliminates that which seems irrelevant, as he also examines the sanctity of art as it is presumed to be.
Sibylle Hofter, ‘Portrait of the Continent in 4 Weeks. June – July’ & ‘219x132x219cm’_2012. photo: w.seeto
Sibylle Hofter has over two decades of multi-media art practice that includes extended research into extra-artistic fields, curatorial and participative approaches. She is driven by a desire to create multi-faceted collaborative photo-portrayals of countries she visits. Her interest is within regional contexts and beyond, which operates outside the schemes of photographic genres. Her work involves the ongoing Agentur Schwimmer photography project, which promotes a simple approach in a complex world by asking what is behind facades? What makes our daily reality work? What are our possibilities to perceive and to show? Her approach is one of unrestrained enthusiasm to get to know more about the inner workings of society and the questions arising out of representing a multiplicity of background and other aspects of art in developing visual languages that are beyond our daily visual experience.
William Seeto, ‘RmG 3’_2018. photo: w.seeto
William Seeto, ‘RmG 2 (in deconstruction)’_2016. photo: w.seeto
William Seeto is a site-specific constructed installation and photomedia artist with a practice of more than three decades with experience in creating perceptual installations and photomedia works. His practice examines sensory and visual perception and interrogates different ways artworks heighten or displace experience and referential codes in photo-imagery. His constructed installations examine perceptual qualities in built environments and his ephemeral artworks are based on everyday materials that seek to extend the dialogue by blurring the lines in order to expand contextual meaning, and in so doing continue connections generated by reworking ideas formed by deconstruction and reconstruction that is inspired by Arte Povera.