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16 April 2011 —
19 June 2011

Regan Gentry:
Of Gorse Of Course

Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Imposing Order (gorse wine), 2006 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Chop Chop, 2006. Gorse wood, steel. Photo by Sam Hartnett
Regan Gentry, Of Gorse Of Course, 2011 (installation view). Photo by Sam Hartnett

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In Of Gorse Of Course artist Regan Gentry explores the artistic possibilities and uses of gorse. During his time in Invercargill as the 2005 William Hodges Artist in Residence, Gentry hiked through dense gorse covered hills, laboriously milled the tough sinuous trunks and meticulously crafted the wood into replicas of domestic and rural objects. Being made almost entirely out of gorse, these works provide a playful insight into the story of gorse in New Zealand. As a colonial country whose economy was founded upon primary production, New Zealand has a long history of struggling with gorse. Gentry's gorse replicas create visual puns and potent icons that tap into this history while also providing insight into the current ecological plight that this introduced plant has caused.