Turning a page, starting a chapter presents newly commissioned artworks by three exciting Aotearoa-based artists. This exhibition continues Gus Fisher Gallery’s interest in working with artists and site, enabling artists to present ambitious experimental artworks in a heritage setting. Through sculpture, video and audio, the artists in this exhibition expand or revisit aspects of their practice, embarking on new chapters where the potential for dialogue and fresh lines of enquiry can emerge.
Branching through the distinct architectural spaces of Gus Fisher Gallery, the artists examine histories of surface, environment and place in different ways. In dialogue with the building’s history and architecture, Sione Faletau interprets the vā in the gallery—known as the space in between things for Moana Oceania people. His new video Ongo Ongo uses audio recorded on site to generate patterns that motion and swell with movement and is presented with an existing work Tolu Katea. Alongside, Ana Iti brings together her video and sculptural practices for the first time in Roharoha. Iti uses the flight of the native kahukura as a way to think about making and the creative process, forging a connection between the butterfly and the form and structure of pages of a book. Jade Townsend combines sculpture and audio to consider places of worship. Informed in part by the church-like windows of the gallery, Townsend’s installation invites the audience to return with her to a particular home in pre-religion Aotearoa.
Turning a page, starting a chapter embraces the artistic potential of experimentation through the creation of artworks that speak to new threads of art-making and the sites that they temporarily inhabit.
SIONE FALETAU (Aotearoa/Tonga)
ANA ITI (Te Rarawa)
JADE TOWNSEND (Ngāti Kahungunu)