PAST SHOWCASE EXHIBITIONS

UXBRIDGE SHOWCASE

9 February to 24 February 2019

As part of our Chinese New Year Celebrations, an exhibition of several contemporary Chinese artists will fill our Showcase and Meeting Room spaces.  Traditional and modern examples of photography, calligraphy and painting will be on display.

Image: Haifeng Tu, Life, 2015

15 January to 3 February 2019

Roma Anderson is a local artist who recently graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts.  Throughout her studies she has been investigating the nearby Tamaki Estuary, documenting the ever-changing environment and surrounding flora and fauna with a wider focus on the agency of environments and how they are valued aesthetically and politically.

For this exhibition, Anderson will showcase several images from her Estuary investigation, bringing focus and attention to this fragile ecosystem.

Anderson is an avid analogue and digital alternative method artist, she never does things quite in the way they are conventionally done. Alongside her environmental concerns, she is particularly interested in politics of female representation in cinema, and the roles of spectator, voyeur, auteur and character in film.

3 December 2018 to 13 January 2019

Briana Woolliams is a recent Elam graduate who will be exhibiting a selection of works in December.  Her practice incorporates poetry, sculpture and printmaking and reconnoitres issues related to the contemporary female experience and gender politics.  Through personal experiences, Woolliams explores the potential to renegotiate a feminine persona that defies easy categorization or conformity.

Briana Woolliams has exhibited at George Fraser Gallery, Tacit Gallery and as part of the Arts Out East Festival.

20 October to 25 November 2018

Gabriel Tiongson is a visual artist, born in the Philippines and currently resides in Auckland.  He draws inspiration from a range of childhood stimuli – American cartoons, toys, comic books, video games, and Japanese pop culture.  Tiongson explores and combines these sources to create illustrations, paintings and sculptures that fuse brilliant colour and experimental mark making with organic forms and cartoon distortions.

His latest works endeavour to harmonize the fortuitous and the intentional. The introduction of the grid was an unforeseen welcome, as in previous works he favoured curvy lines and bulbous forms. Here, he plays with these more fluid elements and adds light and dark layers on the grid, giving contrasting compatibility. This body of work considers minimal moves and sharp corners while playfully integrating his colourful and rotund sensibilities.

 

Gabriel Tiongson completed his Visual Arts degree at Unitec and continues to develop his art practice. His work has been shown in various galleries around Auckland and internationally throughout Asia.

4 October to 18 October 2018

Benedict Miller Keeley was born in Gisborne but has spent most of his life in Howick.  He recently changed his career path from teaching to focus on painting and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from AUT in 2018.

This body of work responds to the phenomenon of chaos and the idea that chaos is a state of balance, rather than disorder.

Chaos lies at the midpoint of a spectrum. At one extreme there is complete randomness. At the other there is absolute order. Chaos unites the two and brings them into balance.

Keeley approaches his work with the phenomenon of chaos in mind.  Initially, forms and colours rise out of a spontaneous and instinctive process.  At some point, Keeley begins to introduce a sense of order, often in the form of carefully considered mark making or figurative elements.  When that state of balance between randomness and order is achieved, the work is finished.

12 September to 30 September 2018

Opening: Tuesday 18 September, 5.30PM

As part of the winter season of jewellery classes at UXBRIDGE, tutor Simon Misdale challenges his students to design and make a piece of wearable jewellery from everyday objects or found things.

On display will be works created by Simon’s students.

27 August to 30 September 2018

Opening Saturday 25 August, 2.30PM

Students from Macleans College and Edgewater College participated in a workshop with international visiting artist, Cath Love.  Over the course of one day, students explored digital and traditional painting techniques and worked on a final composition for an urban contemporary artwork of their own.

Eleven students participated in the workshop, supported by Howick Local Board.

4 June to 30 June 2018

Like the phenomena captured by applied scientific photography, Home Science explores connections between light, water and altered states of matter through images centering on a vortex motif, capturing an energy flow within the life-growth cycle.

 

Presented as part of:

Auckland Festival of Photography

16 February to 30 March 2018

Wei Lun 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.

Last year Wei Lun travelled to Vermont to complete a 3-month residency to further develop ink porcelain painting.  Wei Lun is exhibiting a selection of these works as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations.

15 January to 2 March 2018

 

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.

15 January to 15 February 2018

Opening Saturday 20 January, 2.30PM

 

Yvonne Abercrombie paints figures using equal amounts of opposing ideas; comic and classical, kitsch colour and natural hues; fake imagery and real content.

Her bold portraits draw inspiration from a broad range of genres – romance novel art, comic and pulp art, medieval manuscripts, mythological representation and naive art.   These sources provide her with a diverse visual library of the figure, from which she gains a greater understanding and appreciation of alternative representations of the female form.

9 October to 31 December 2017

Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson presents a new series of original glass works at UXBRIDGE. Pendergrast-Mathieson’s translucent shapes transform the space into an ethereal skyscape – clouds float past on like on a gentle breeze, leaving colour and light in their wake.

Pendergrast-Mathieson is an accomplished glass artist based in Auckland. Her practice centers on cast glass forms that relate to nature.

She teaches glass casting at UXBRIDGE.

14 November to 2 December 2017

Opening Tuesday November 14, 10.30AM

A meeting room is a transient space hosting varying groups with specific agendas. Unlike the stark white void of the gallery, the meeting room commands a certain type of behaviour from its visitors with its practical furniture, patterned carpets and serene atmosphere.

 

In this exhibition, artists from Mapura Studios explore meeting room culture; the rituals, behaviour and paraphernalia associated with this space. Our artists investigate how this culture accommodates people with diverse needs and what role art can play in this environment.

 

Mapura Studios is a creative space for artists of all ages living with diversity and disability. We have a broad range of programmes across many media including music, movement, poetry and the visual arts.

9 October to 31 October 2017

Playing with ideas surrounding the modern values given to different foods and art mediums, Elisa Barczak draws attention to the way in which perceptions of what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ can change over time. Junk food, once considered high in the hierarchy of foods for its convenience and associations with modernity, now sits at the bottom, dismissed for its unhealthiness. As a medium, clay’s position has also fluctuated in the art hierarchy. It has moments of popularity, but ultimately draws closer connotations to craft than art.

June to September 2017

 

Sculptures by Peter Lange and Louise Purvis take residence in the Sculpture Courtyard until early September. Louise Purvis is a New Zealand sculptor (b. 1968, Pahiatua) based in Auckland.  Small Form explores her interest in topographical mapping, made from individual cages that can be connected and rearranged to produce a variety of shapes. Born in New Zealand in 1944, Peter Lange first came into contact with bricks as a production thrower in the 1970s, and has been working with them ever since. Like much of his work, S Chair in Bricks is a parody of a ‘real world’ object that simultaneously serves its purpose.

Image credit: Louise Purvis, Small Forms, 2015, courtesy of the James Wallace Arts Trust.

13 September to 6 October 2017

Opening: Tuesday 12 September, 5.30PM

As part of the winter season of jewellery classes at UXBRIDGE, tutor Simon Misdale challenges his students to design and make a piece of wearable jewellery from everyday objects or found things.

On display will be works created by Simon’s students.

24 July to 9 September 2017

Opening: Saturday 22 July, 2.30PM

Works by Christopher Duncan will be on display in UXBRIDGE Showcase this July.

The exhibition’s title comes from an ancient Chinese poem from the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tzu.

It refers to the manner in which we surround our lives with expectations, precious concepts and our ego.  And how if we can see through these obstacles we build ourselves we’re left with the ‘raw silk and uncut wood’.

Need little,
want less.
Forget the rules.
Be untroubled.
(Excerpt, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin)

Christopher Duncan is a contemporary craft practitioner who specialises in hand weaving. Duncan began weaving in 2012 after leaving behind a career in the fashion industry. As an autodidact he began teaching himself through gifted looms and materials eventually creating his own library of weaving apparatus, knowledge, style and technique.

12 June to 15 July 2017

Born in Auckland in 1961, Peter Gibson Smith graduated from Auckland’s School of Fine Arts in 1983. His practice since then has drawn from a vast frame of art historical and literary references, exploring the production and reproduction of images and various modern and older mediums. In this exhibition at Uxbridge Showcase, Gibson Smith presents some of his multi-faceted, three-dimensional figures made from computer-generated, geometrically composed paper forms.

Read the Artist Interview with Peter Gibson Smith.

1 May to 3 June 2017

Priscilla Hunter is known for her exquisitely detailed fabric sculptures of exotic flora – including masterfully executed anthurium, rubber plants and various cacti.

Her explorations of botany and haberdashery have developed since her first showing at Uxbridge three years ago. Here, she presents her cacti as larger manifestations that have sprung from their terracotta planters, onto the floor and up the walls.

Ramon Robertson’s Form Farm is the first outdoor sculpture hosted by Malcolm Smith Gallery.

March to June 2017

Recently on display at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016, Form Farm continues Ramon Robertson’s engagement with aspects of architecture and urbanisation.  Robertson intends to draw references from interior and exterior physical and visual space, commenting on the human condition and behaviour in the environment.

Ramon Robertson has been working as an artist in Auckland, New Zealand since arriving there in October 2011. Prior to this he lived and worked in Glasgow, Scotland where he also worked as an artist, designer and tertiary lecturer.

Cumulative Installation from 4 March, Exhibition on display until 30 April

Straight to the Point features a series of new original artworks by Blake Beckford that experiment with the relationships between depth, space, colour and composition.

Exhibition Opening Saturday 21 January 2017, 2:30PM

Susan Christie, Leticia Durant, Julia Holderness, Theresa Waugh and Eloise Worrall-Bader

New and unpredictable visual connections emerge through the amalgamation of multiple artists and various works. As pottery and painting, photography and drawing are arranged in relation to each other, we find patterns, harmonies and dissonances. The artworks extend into space and into each other. Free entry. Artworks affordably priced for sale.

23 January – 25 February 2017

An imaginative and colourful exhibition featuring the work of twenty of New Zealand’s best-known illustrators, including Robyn Belton (The Teddy Bear’s Promise), Lynley Dodd (Hairy MacLary), Phoebe Morris (First to the Top), Sandra Morris (A New Zealand Nature Journal), Trevor Pye (Grandma McGarvey’s Christmas) and many more!