799 A/B | Elam’s mid year post graduate exhibition.

Opening event Saturday June 16, from 5pm

Elam, Auckland

799 A/B is Elam’s mid year post graduate exhibition featuring three solo exhibitions at three different sites around the University.

– ‘You are a force of nature,’ Becky Richards at Elam B.

– ‘Your breath I now breathe,’ Sophie Wagener at George Fraser Gallery, 25a Princes Street.

– ‘recall,’ James Wylie at Project Space, 20 Whitaker Place.

The exhibitions will be available for public viewing for one night only on Saturday 16th of June from 5-7pm.

More information on each exhibition below.


You are a force of nature.
Becky Richards
Elam B, University Campus, near the library.

Becky completed her BFA(hons) in 2015, at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch. Recent
exhibitions include: To watch with your mind’s eye (solo) 2017, at The Blue Oyster, Dunedin, and
Homeshow (group) 2017, at 90 Canon St, Christchurch.

You are a force of nature weaves together sensuous knowledge, non-human liveliness, the emotive
impact of the living world, and a recognition of ourselves as powerful, organic beings. These ideas
seed a methodology of existence that might generate and maintain human wellness and joy,
particularly within our screen-distracted context. Richards makes and writes towards illuminating the
miraculous nature of organic matter; positing ideas on accessible methods of thought and action that
may allow us to draw nourishment from the palpable.


Your Breath I Now Breathe
Sophie Wagener
George Fraser Gallery, 25a Princes Street.

Sophie Wagener comes from a Graphic Design background and is completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts. Her work is driven by an ongoing interest in how her engagement with contemplative Christianity informs her understanding of intimacy.

In Your Breath I Now Breathe she invites audiences to engage with environments in a meditative manner challenging common understandings of prayer. Her practice explores themes of the relationship between body and spirit, community and the significance of botany in contemplative practices.


James Wylie
Project Space, 20 Whitaker Place

James graduated BFA(hons) in 2011 at Elam, and recall is his MFA graduate exhibition. Exhibition history includes: Porgies (2016), at Ramp Gallery, Hamilton, International Artists Initiated (2013) at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow and Three Mile Island (2012), Snake Pit, Auckland.

recall presents three new video works, captivated and concerned by the expedited storm we call progress.

Date(s) - 16/06/2018
All Day