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25 July 2009 —
27 September 2009

Richard Frater

Auckland artist Richard Frater incorporates a range of processes and media into his practice, actively working across video, sculpture and installation. His Te Tuhi exhibition is a continuation of a body of floor-based works utilising various carpets and other distinctly utilitarian materials. For the first time Frater has been invited to work with an existing carpeted floor. Slicing directly into the floor covering he introduces variations of surface density and texture to create a highly nuanced site-based work. His interventions into the surface of the floor subvert the neutrality of the exhibition site, declaring the existing carpet as a readymade in which to explore poetic juxtapositions of materials. Frater states that these material gestures become 'a direct thread between a work and its audience. The works origins are found in heterogeneous fields of representation, where one mode of production becomes the raw material for another.'

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