MALCOLM SMITH GALLERY
Natalie Guy: Then and Then Again
22 January to 24 February 2018
Gallery Session with the artist: Friday 16 February, 11.30AM
New works from New Zealand and India reinterpreting modernism for a new time
Natalie Guy recently completed a three month residency in Varanasi, India and the results of this residency form her new exhibition, Then and Then Again.
Working with manufacturers she met in the city, Guy weaves some of the wonder of Varanasi into her distinctive sculpture practice.
Utilising a contrasting palette of hard material (iron formed into shapes by a local Varanasi blacksmith) and soft fibres (traditional muslin dyed and embroidered with designs inspired by Gordon Walters prints), this exhibition regenerates and brings together New Zealand modernism and Indian handcraft.
The residency Guy completed is based at Kriti Gallery and is supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation.
15 February to 30 March
Painting Demonstration: Saturday 17 February, 12.30PM – 1.30PM
Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. His art practice is based around his keen interest in eco-friendly issues and contemporary identity in Chinese ink paintings which is continually evolving and not easily reducible to definite categories. His paintings embrace the pulsating energy and richness of different cultures and create an intensity that is covered with interpretation and stories.
In 2017, Weilun travelled to Vermont to complete a 3-month residency to further develop ink porcelain painting. Weilun will be exhibiting a selection of these works as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations.
Helen Wang: The Human Spirit
15 January to 2 March
This exhibition has a focus revolving around the human spirit. Helen Wang has been working for two years particularly on the Tibetan People series, which the works in the exhibition is mostly comprised of. Her wish is to capture the character and uniqueness of every individual, to express each person’s identity and story for viewers to understand.