Loopy is a selection of films and animations by James R Ford that feature loopy ideas that loop and/or may drive viewers loopy. The exhibition focuses on absurdity, probability and infinity, relating to life and how we spend time in the everyday or in the art-making process. A number of Ford's films result from a period of exploration into boredom, and the paradox of doing something to relieve boredom that in turn becomes boring. The most recent works use twisted scenarios to illustrate scientific/theoretical ideas and paradoxes.
Ford is a British-born artist whose varied practice includes drawing, assemblage, installation and film. Ford playfully revels in the inanity of activities and repetitive gestures that have come to occupy our everyday lives. A performance element is often present in his work.
James R Ford, Infinite Monkey Syndrome (2012), HD digital video
I, Time, Am All These is a selection of works by David Jarvis Curno, developed from 2009 to 2012, during his Batchelor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. During 2012, a number of these works were selected as finalists in various art awards, including the Gallipoli Club Art Awards (Sydney), the Eden Art School Awards (Auckland), The Lola Anne Tunbridge Watercolour Scholarship (Auckland) and the Wallace Art Awards.
David Jarvis Curno, Colours of Endangerment: Winged Vertebrae (2012), watercolour on paper
Dunedin artist John Z Robinson has maintained parallel careers in jewellery, printmaking, painting and sculpture. In each of these disciplines he has evolved a separate signature identity. John Z. Robinson: Paintings presents this multi-talented artist in his guise as a painter. In this role Robinson is an exuberant colourist who rejoices in expressive brush strokes and bold splashes of pigment, equally at home with pure abstraction and representational subjects including portrait and figure studies.
John Z. Robinson, Peter Graczer (2002), Acrylic on board, private collection, Auckland
In 2013 an ongoing series of extensive Recent Acquisitions exhibitions will be presented in the Long Gallery. Works by a range of artists, acquired by the James Wallace Arts Trust over the preceding year, will make their first appearance at the Arts Centre.
Angus Collis, Log Rollers 3 (2011), Oil on paper mounted on board
The Rutherford Trustees and the Trustees of the James Wallace Arts Trust are pleased to announce an exhibition of important artworks selected from the Rutherford Trust Collection.
This is the first major showing from the Rutherford Trust Collection since 2007. A significant range of work from leading artists is included in the Exhibition in order to promote a broader awareness of the Rutherford Trust Collection and its place in our recent cultural and corporate history.
Pat Hanly, Bride's Song (1990), oil & enamel on wood
Exhibitions change every 6-9 weeks.