February 18 to April 23 2017
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington
To launch their 2017 programme, Adam Art Gallery is presenting a range of works from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection that respond to site and, in particular, to the University itself. From Gordon Crook’s Light Installation of 1974, which was designed for the Karori Post Office, but hung for many years in the Faculty of Education’s Karori Campus, to Eddie Clemens’s Collector’s Edition Glitch (Viewing Bridge) of 2014, which uncannily replicates a feature of the architecture of the Adam Art Gallery itself, to a formal portrait by Evelyn Page of esteemed academic Thomas Hunter (1949), after whom the Hunter Building is named, to a suite of photographs by Ava Seymour that were created whilst she was artist-in-resident at the McCahon House in west Auckland, this exhibition will draw out stories that revolve around key works in the Collection. The show will also play on another phonetic meaning of the title, to explore items and issues pertaining to the Collection that are usually ‘out of sight’. For example, the process of deaccessioning and then replacing Neil Dawson’s Flying Steps, or the assembly of collection items in a single location like the art gallery due to recent seismic activity that allows audiences to see works that are normally scattered across several spaces, while buildings are repaired and strengthened. A public programme of talks on specific items and ‘back-of-house’ tours designed to reveal the ‘hidden’ work of the Gallery will be an engaging feature of the project.
Image: Ava Seymour, 11 Bars of Oboe, 2010, digital prints, VUW Art Collection
Adam Art Gallery
Date(s) - 18/02/2017 - 23/04/2017