Please join us this Sunday afternoon for a fascinating conversation that brings together two artists with exhibitions of photography and text-based moving image. This event celebrates the arrival of Marie Shannon’s exhibition, Rooms Found Only in the Home, and marks the conclusion of Gavin Hipkins’ The Homely II. For just one week, both exhibitions will be on show at Te Uru, and to explore this short-term alignment, we look forward to having the artists in the gallery to discuss the commonalities and differences between their respective practices.
Sensitive, authentic and funny, Marie Shannon’s photography and video works present contemporary art as an intimate and immediate occupation. Many of Shannon’s works hinge on relationships – the objects and evidence of personal interactions enacted through the course of everyday life. As she focuses attention on her family life, daily observations, and the process of art-making, a sense of past and present becomes important. Her video works and recent photography introduce more of an archival tendency – a process of cataloguing the contents, absences, and memories that shape her present day. Developed and toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery and presented as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
The Homely II is the sequel to Gavin Hipkins’ celebrated series The Homely (1997-2001), which created conversations and conflicts between pictures from New Zealand and Australia. This time he explores our differences and similarities with the United Kingdom. This exhibition also includes The Valley (2019), a new video that further explores themes of nationalism against the uncanny landscapes of Devon’s moors in southwest England. A Titirangi resident, Hipkins has been described as a ‘tourist of photography’ for the way he navigates the medium’s history, modes, manners, and mechanics across a diverse range of formal styles. The Homely II is toured by City Gallery Wellington.
Image: Marie Shannon, New Zealand’s Funniest Art Video, 1994 (detail)
Sunday 26 May, 3pm