20th Anniversary Exhibitions
Opening at Waiheke Community Art Gallery on Friday 17 July
Occasion – Fabulous Fashion - from Annie Bonza to Vinka Lucas
Core – Australian Printmakers Invitational
Damien Orriss – ‘Obscura’
17 July to 17 August 2015
Fashion Treasures hidden in our community that date back to an era of style in New Zealand are the focus of the Waiheke Community Gallery’s new exhibition that opens on Friday 17 July.
The mid 60’s to mid 70’s was a time when boutiques and salons popped up offering unique garments to our city’s fashionista’s and New Zealand had its own publication of Vogue.
“Our Waiheke community harbours some wonderful NZ Fashion History and Jane Daniels well known New Zealand Fashion Designer who has a home on Waiheke led us to uncover that Waiheke resident Jenny Francis was the owner and designer of The Casual Shop in Auckland, Daphne Mitten, now a Waiheke landscape designer was a designer for Tiger Moth and Kim Goldwater was a fashion photographer at this time,” said Gallery Director, Linda Chalmers.
At the Photo Shoot on 31 July, Waihekean’s have the opportunity to bring in their treasured pieces, as Emma Hughes and Trustees from the NZ Fashion Museum will be at the gallery to photograph garments from any era for the NZ Fashion Museum’s archive.
“It’s an opportunity for garments to be documented and become part of our fashion history. “We really want locals to dig into their wardrobes and bring them in to the photographic session” said Linda Chalmers, Gallery Director.
Our call for stylish garments from the mid 60’s to mid 70’s in the local papers achieved an extraordinary response enabling us to exhibit vintage garments by Colin Cole, Vinka Lucas, Annie Bonza, Diana Firth, Michael Mattar and Christian Dior which at that time was manufactured under licence in New Zealand by Gus Fisher of El Jay.
Our installer Paul Rhind will be building a window display in the gallery, where we hope visitors will take the opportunity to be photographed with the displays, plus we will be having a fashion walk through at the exhibition opening, featuring selected vintage garments and a peek at the upcoming summer season by Jane Daniels and Jeanine Clarkin.
A special treat will also be a display of the victory hostess uniforms from Commonwealth Games events; the 1974 uniform was designed by Jane Daniels and the 1990 uniform by Peppertree.
It’s not new for Fashion exhibitions to be held in Galleries, some years ago The Auckland City Art Gallery hosted Worth to Dior and currently the Bendigo Gallery in Victoria is hosting a revealing exhibition, 350 years of Underwear in Fashion.
“Accessorizing the exhibition are wonderful ceramic handbags and shoes created by Nelson artist Katie Gold, plus in a nod to our 20th anniversary, the original Artworks Foundation Prints first released in 1992. Artists who created works for this project include Jane Zusters, Pat Hanly, Zinni Douglas, Mark Hutchins and Pamela Wolfe. Significant donors to Artworks received these works in recognition of their donation, so it’s a thrill to see them exhibited again”, says Gallery Director, Linda Chalmers.
The exhibitions in the Small Gallery and Annex have been curated by this year’s summer intern, Katherine Kennedy from New South Wales.
Titled Core, the exhibition features works by established and emerging Australian artists who use fine art prints on paper to create both two and three dimensional works. Sixteen artists have sent works from Australia for the exhibition including Elizabeth Cummings and Reg Mombassa who participated in the Gallery’s 2014 artists in residence programme OZ to Waiheke.
Rew Hanks, one of the biggest names in Australian Printmaking is exhibiting two works, titled Rabbit Pie and Peaches and Cream.
Through the theme “Core” they explore the essence or central part to which a whole relates, which begs the question; can there be a periphery with no core?
In all cases, artists where chosen for their skill, diversity and apparent visual language specific to their own practices.
The full range of printmaking processes have been undertaken in the production of works including silkscreen, woodblock, drypoint, etching, aquatint, mono print, collograph, lino cut and lithographic. Each creates unique characteristics in the work, by way of shadow, tone, intensity and painterly effects.
Katherine Kennedy and another two of the participating artists will be travelling to Waiheke for the exhibition opening, as the project has benefited from an Arts & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited'.
CORE also includes a video installation titled Obsura, by artist Damien Orrsiss which will screen in the Annex.
The calm and ambient nature of ‘Obscura’ is achieved with a time lapsed and fractured video manipulation whereby the sky-scape is serenely offset with organ piano audio as accompaniment. Damien states; this work is humanities view and inter-relationship with the natural environment. Yellow lit evening skies are offset by calming blue’s and interspersed with the occasional brilliant deeper orange-red sunsets in an arrangement which highlights Damien’s control of colour as a choreographer of light.
Occasion – Fabulous Fashion - from Annie Bonza to Vinka LucasExhibition Dates: Friday 17 July - Monday 17 August
Preview Friday: 17 July 6pm
Fashion Shoot: 31 July
Core – Australian Printmakers Invitational (Small Gallery)
Damien Orsiss Obscura (Annex)
For more information, please contact gallery director:
Linda Chalmers, Waiheke Community Art Gallery
T: (09) 372 9907