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06 May 1989 —
04 June 1989

The Photographic Show:
Aspects of Contemporary New Zealand Photography

The Photography Show, 1989 (installation view).
The Photography Show, 1989 (installation view).
The Photography Show, 1989 (installation view).
The Photography Show, 1989 (installation view).
The Photography Show, 1989 (installation view).
Christine Webster, Flesh of Love, 1988. Cibachrome diptych.
Di French, Bird Series (2), 1989. Cibachrome print.
Di French, Bird Series, 1989. Cibachrome print.
Di French, Fundamental Series (2), 1986. Cibachrome print.
Di French, Fundamental Series, 1986. Cibachrome print.
Fiona Clark, Cibachrome Transparencies in Light Boxes, 1989 (installation view).
Fiona Pardington, Love by Suffering, 1988 (installation view). Mixed media. 850 x 600 x 170 mm.
Fiona Pardington, Marriage by Capture, 1988. Mixed media.
Fiona Pardington, Meltdown, 1988. Mixed media.
Fiona Pardington, Seduced and Abandoned, 1988. Mixed media.
Fiona Pardington, Silence, 1988. Mixed media. 370 mm diameter.
Fiona Pardington, Victory Over Bitterness, 1988 (detail). Mixed media.
John Reynolds, Bouquet For Colin McCahon III, 1989. Unique laser prints with collage.
John Reynolds, Bouquet for Colin McCahon, 1989, unique laser prints with collage.
Kavin Capon, Valentines Day, 1989. Each panel 1595 x 1260 mm.
Kevin Capon, I do not obey your command to repent, 1989. Each panel 1595 x 1260 mm.
Kevin Capon, This is your lot, 1989. Each panel 1005 x 1260 mm.
Laurence Aberhart, New Orleans, Louisana, 1980. Black and white photograph.
Laurence Aberhart, Selma, Alabama 15, 1988. Black and white photograph.
Peter Peryer, Rockhopper Penguin, Campbell Island, 1989. Black and white photograph.
Peter Peryer, Sea Elephant (Male), 1989. Black and white photograph.
Peter Peryer, Southeast Harbour Campbell Island, 1989. Black and white photograph.
Peter Peryer, Wandering Albatross, Auckland Island, 1989. Black and white photograph.
Richard Mathieson, Grid Pit Sandstone, 1988. Cibachrome, bronze and jarrah.
Richard Mathieson, Ivy Island, 1989. Cibachrome, bronze, kauri and jarrah.
Richard Mathieson, Thatched Island, 1989. Cibachrome, bronze, kauri and jarrah.
Richard Reddaway, Rose Window, 1988. Black and white photomontage. 2200mm diameter.
Robert Pearson, Frigate, 1988. Cibachrome. 348 x 348 mm.
Robert Pearson, Hyde Park, 1989. Cibachrome print.
Robert Pearson, Nae Nae, 1988. Cibachrome print.
Robert Pearson, Picton Ferry, 1989. Cibachrome print.
Robert Pearson, Seatoun, 1989. Cibachrome print.

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This exhibition reflects some of the achievements by an invited group of contemporary New Zealand photographers. The emphasis in the selection has been to show the diversity of approach by artists in recent works that utilise photography as the medium. The exhibitors range from a few younger artists having just completed their art school training to a number of our more well known established artists.

Peter Peryer, Fiona Clark and Laurence Aberhardt are the more established of the group. Peryer photographs the ordinary which becomes, through the intensity of his images, disquieting. Aberhardt, a documentor of location produces compelling works that have an equal intensity. Fiona Clark shifts the emphasis away from the wall as display area to the floor.

The production of large scale prints is also an increasing feature of recent photographic practice. Christine Webster, Kevin Capon and Richard Reddaway exploit the impact of size. Webster’s work ‘Flesh of Love’ also explores the diptych as a format as does Kevin Capon’s work. Richard Reddaway, a Christchurch-based sculptor, investigates the shaping of photomontage constructions around the architectural dome interior format.

Likewise, Richard Mathieson uses his sculptural understanding to present works utilising photographs in their making both as floor and wall form. Fiona Pardington presents works layered with many personal associations. John Reynolds, a painter, also has a reputation as a photographer and currently works in both mediums.

Press

→ Photo show at gallery, Eastern Courier, 31-05-1989

Ephemera

→ The Photography Show, 1989, exhibition card