Alexander Bartleet is one of the artists in Corban Estate Art Centre, who is creating alien space from somewhere unseen and onto carefully assembled shapes that take you to the site from where the excavated panels seem to have appeared. From rough matt textures, sinking and oozing at the same time to glossy painted shapes that emerge from his memories; this is an assembly of the familiar, taken out of context and squeezed between others to create a complex dialogue. Other artists in their studio spaces, working with materials quite different are Louise Davis, Margaret Benn and Reece James.
Current exhibitions at the gallery include, ABSENCE IS ALL THAT IS LEFT BEHIND. In this two part moving image installation, artist Robert George captures the interior landscape of the human mind. It is a space in which the waking mind gives way to the unconscious mind, where dreams, memories and symbolism take over.
WALK THIS WAY, by Judy Darragh is an installation out of consumer products and everyday objects that are attacked with colour. Artist Elliot Collins’ latest exhibition is based loosely on The Odyssey by Homer, through the interplay of text, sculpture and photography. Collins visually relocates the story line to take place within the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, representing his on-going interest in the perception of New Zealand as a vibrant place for exploration and discovery.
For further exploration, visit www.alexanderbartleet.com and www.ceac.org.nz.