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30 September 1994 —
30 October 1994

The Wallpaper Show

The Wallpaper Show, 1994 (installation view).
The Wallpaper Show, 1994 (installation view).
The Wallpaper Show, 1994 (installation view).
The Wallpaper Show, 1994 (installation view).
Albert Refiti & Simon Twoose, Noel Lane Arch, (installation view).
Terry Stringer, Untitled Plan, (installation view). Printed drawing.
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Anna Miles, Elizabethan Weekend, 1994 (installation view).
Anna Miles, Elizabethan Weekend, 1994 (detail).
Belinda Ellis & Kate Upton, Maculae The Yellow Wallpaper, (detail).
Belinda Ellis & Kate Upton, Maculae The Yellow Wallpaper, (detail).
Belinda Ellis & Kate Upton, Maculae The Yellow Wallpaper, (detail).
Dick Frizzell, Napoleon Killed By Wallpaper, 1994 (detail).
Dick Frizzell, Untitled Wall Designs, 1994 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott & Ralph Paine, Schema, 1991 (installation view). Scroll.
UntitledGavin Chilcott & Ralph Paine, Schema, 1991 (detail). Scroll.
Gavin Chilcott & Ralph Paine, Tapa, 1991 (detail). Wall covering.
Jane Zusters, A Homage To Wallpaper In 20th Century Painting, 1994 (installation view).
Jane Zusters, A Homage To Wallpaper In 20th Century Painting, 1994 (detail).
Jenny Dolezel, Memory (Ladybird Fur Roll code #893), 1994 (installation view).
Jenny Dolezel, Memory (Ladybird Fur Roll code #893), 1994 (detail).
Richard Reddaway, Three figures, 1994 (installation view).
Richard Reddaway, Three figures, 1994 (detail).
The Wallpaper Show, 1994 (installation view).

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‘My wallpaper is killing me... One or other of us will have to go’ - Oscar Wilde

An exhibition that explores the notion of wallpaper will open at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga on Friday 30 September 1994. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the Interior Design Guild, and has been generously sponsored by Vision Wallcoverings Ltd.

The aim of the exhibition will be to commission 15 invited participants to produces works that explore the qualities, themes and uses of wallpaper. The selection of participants focuses on Auckland-based architects, painters, photographers and sculptors. Each participant will be drawing upon the specific skills and techniques of their discipline. A range of contributors has been encouraged to give a diversity of approach within the exhibition.

The exhibition will be unique in terms of giving the invited participants an opportunity to create and apply a wallpaper design and/or explore aspects of wallpaper, in the production of artworks and installation pieces.

The function and status of wallpaper has changed over time. From early religious papers to imitations of more elaborate artforms (tapestries and murals) through to the arts and crafts movement, with its emphasis on the use of motif. Most recently wallpaper has been mass produced as an interior design and fashion product.

Modern designers of wallpaper include William Morris, Charles Voysey and Frank Lloyd-Wright. Artists who have explored the uses of wallpaper include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. In New Zealand, wallpaper features in the designs of the modernists and has been used by Colin McCahon amongst others.

The Wallpaper Show aims to extend the relationship between artists and the medium. It will provide an opportunity to explore issues of applied design, decoration, art history and interior design. It will also be an opportunity to examine wallpapers qualities, function and influence.

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→ The Wallpaper Show, 1994, publication

The gallery is closed for install from 29 January 2023.

Our next exhibition Who can think, what can think curated by Bruce E. Phillips will open 18 February 2023.

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