Pah Homestead: Retrospect and Trick i-ey’e

Press Release – Wallace Arts Trust
…RETROSPECT and Trick i-ey’e open at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

The Wallace Arts Trust, guest curator Jo Mears and artist Rachael Linton present exhibitions RETROSPECT and Trick i-ey’e at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, opening on Tuesday 31 January at 6pm.

RETROSPECT, a contemporary jewellery show, will be exhibited at The Pah Homestead until 15 April 2012 when it will tour to Wallace Gallery Morrinsville from 19 April to 10 June. Curator Jo Mears brings together the work of Peter Deckers, an important mid-career New Zealand artist, and a high-quality selection of contemporary jewellery. A twenty-strong contingent of New Zealand emerging and established contemporary jewellers have participated: Debbie Adamson, Vivien Atkinson, Renee Bevan, Nadene Carr, Jacqui Chan, Kristin D’Agostino, Cath Dearsley, Gillian Deery, Sharon Fitness, Sunni Gibson, Victoria McIntosh, Ross Malcolm, Vaune Mason, Jhana Millers, Neke Moa, Shelley Norton, Lynsay Raine, Sarah Read, Nadine Smith and Raewyn Walsh.
Deckers, a senior tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua, is a contemporary artist and craftsperson who exhibits with galleries throughout New Zealand and internationally.
Many of the artists invited to participate in RETROSPECT have exhibited in projects curated by Peter Deckers and all have established distinctive individual practices. Each artist was invited to develop a new piece of work in response to his or her individual practice.
RETROSPECT will bring a high-quality arts experience to a new and diverse audience at an important time on the New Zealand Contemporary jewellery calendar. RETROSPECT opens a week before the international jewellery conference JEMposium begins in Wellington.

Also opening on the 31st January is Trick i-ey’e, an exhibition of work by artist Rachael Linton including her 2008 film Sound Vision and three new kinetic works titled ‘Turning Phenomena’. Trick i-ey’e will be exhibited at The Pah Homestead until 25 March 2012.

Sound Vision explores the physical and psychological effects of colour, light and sound vibration and how they may be used as a means of therapy through film. The concept was realised during Linton’s Master of Design thesis in Digital Media, 2009.

Linton encourages visitors to view the spinning artworks ‘Turning Phenomena’ through their own mobile devices – phones and cameras – and compare what they see with their naked eye to what they see on the screen of their device.

At Massey University in Wellington Linton conducted many design experiments to discover imagery that may produce calming and/or stimulating responses within the viewer. Cymatics (visible sound and vibration), twirling dancers, flickering lights and writhing colours were united with harmonising vocal choirs and resonant sounds. Linton believes that, through the viewers’ interaction with Sound Vision, meditative states may be encouraged and people may realise their capacity to heal themselves.

The opening event will include a talk from Peter Deckers about RETROSPECT, and performances by dancer Vicki Szerdi and overtone singer Matt Reece to compliment the ideas explored in Trick i-ey’e.

The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is located at 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland. The Art Centre’s opening hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am till 3pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am till 5pm. Entry is by donation.

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