A Slow Take by Wellington-based painter Gary Peters is a site-responsive exhibition commissioned by Te Tuhi that explores the legacy of formal abstraction through the geometry of the everyday. Using architectural features as compositional devices, Peters brings observations about the surrounding environment into the viewer’s conscious perception of space.
The exhibition revolves around the work Slipped Monochrome #2 which replicates the dimensions of the wall it is painted on but is positioned slightly askew. By being installed a palm width down and across, the work appears to slip onto the skirting board and spill over onto the adjacent gallery wall as if precariously poised on the edge of failure. This misalignment also shifts the painting’s register into the physical space of the viewer causing it to oscillate between surface and void.