This exhibition continues the ongoing series by Billy Apple entitled ‘Institutional Critiques’. Started in the 1970s, these investigations critique the ways that exhibition spaces function and subvert these spaces through painting specific architectural features red. Highlighting oddities or irregularities in gallery design, Apple brings attention to the spaces in which art sits and in doing so, the gallery becomes the artwork itself.
Apple has critiqued galleries throughout New Zealand including Te Uru Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, The Suter Gallery, Adam Art Gallery, and the Physics Room. This exhibition coincides with a critique of the Refinery Artspace in Nelson.
“I am interested in human psychology, and specifically the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind. My work is a means of expressing the unconscious mind, while also engaging it in relation to conscious art making strategies.
In Jungian psychology the word ‘Anima’ refers to the soul and is the part of our inner personality that is in communication with the subconscious. The works in this exhibition are a means of expressing the unconscious mind, while engaging it in relation to conscious art making strategies.
My drawings are process based and explore Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist techniques along with automatic drawing and deliberate mark making that emphasise the tension or balance between these elements. The medium I use and the technique when applying the gestural mark is suggestive of the unconscious approach to mark making while the deliberate drawings speak to the tension between the two different aspects of the mind.
Repetition and accumulation in my recent works, along with spontaneous gestures made in the liquid medium allows me to explore the interplay of these different techniques. This allows me to react to a given gesture, permitting the drawing to unfold and take shape, making my mark on the mark that made itself.