The Blue Oyster is pleased to present 'The Optimists', new work by Christchurch based artist Sophie Bannan and Auckland based artist John Ward Knox. While each artist presents a series of work unique to their current practice, 'The Optimists' offers a parallel moment; a space to overlap without preconceived themes or constructed ideologies.
Presented in association with Puaka Matariki Festival Dunedin 2014, Te Ao Huri Huri | The Turning World uses a series of constructed lamps projecting through turning patterned shades to immerse the viewer in changing stories of the cosmos, the cycles of life and death, the atua Rangi and Papa.
The Blue Oyster is pleased to present 'Specific Objects', a solo project by Auckland based artist Yona Lee. For this exhibition Lee has developed a new series of free standing sculptural works.
As an activated sound sculpture, 'Attachment Drawing: Interface' experiments with social metaphor and mechanical production, exploring inbuilt possibilities of failure and ephemeral solutions.
New work by Auckland based artist Ben Clement.
A rind, a cloth, chain, a stone, water... Who Opens the Door returns to Annie Mackenzie and Dave Marshall’s backgrounds in textiles and ceramics, informed by their many temporary homes, portable collections and environments.
Work & Play, a Blue Oyster Performance Series curated by Samin Son in association with the 2014 Dunedin Fringe Festival. ‘Work & Play’ brings nine practicing artists from Dunedin and around New Zealand across four central locations.
Based on drawings for a previous series of works, Cat Auburn’s When your neighbours’ problems become your own returns to the notion of sculptural form within narrative. Tall, elegant steel armatures resembling what could be real or mythical creatures populate the central gallery space, quivering with the smallest automated touch to reveal moments of fragility, or even anxiety.
Zac Langdon-Pole’s work frequently traces the relationships between the unseen or unknown and the concrete or tautological. His exhibitions often combine close and careful attention with dramatically constructed scenes, to reveal meeting points of material, history, fiction and narrative.