DUIRVIAS Owen Connors and Laura Duffy

21 July 2020 - 16 August 2020

Opening event: Tuesday 21 July 5:30 pm 
Exhibition runs: 22 July — 16 August
Free to attend, all welcome.

Blue Oyster Art Project Space is pleased to present DUIRVIAS, a showing of new works by Laura Duffy and Owen Connors, with writing by Frances Duncan.

DUIRVIAS contains works derived from transmissions received in the presence of two memorials in Tāmaki Makaurau dedicated to those who passed of AIDS-related illnesses: Memorial Tree and The Circle of Friends. 

DUIRVIAS is accompanied by 'I will leave you all my body' an online text by Frances Duncan which you can visit & read here.

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Owen Connors is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Recent exhibitions include SISSYMANCY!, PlayStation Gallery, Pōneke, 2019; Fool for a World That Will End (with Daniel John Corbett Sanders), Mother? Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019 and Crudo of Perilous Might, MEANWHILE, Pōneke, 2018. 

Laura Duffy is a video artist and curator born in Tairawhiti based in Pōneke. Recent exhibitions include; Thinking about thinking about the future, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery, 2020. Club 290, PlayStation, Pōneke, 2020. Laura Duffy has contributed to projects at; MEANWHILE, Courtenay Place Lightboxes, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, RM Gallery, The Engine Room.

Frances Duncan (fka Claire Duncan) is an interdisciplinary artist from Aotearoa.

The Memorial Tree, located on Constitution Hill, is an Pedunculate Oak planted in May 1991 by Auckland Community AIDS Services. It is accompanied by a plaque that reads ‘REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE DIED OF AIDS’.

The Circle of Friends, located in Western Springs Park, is a stone memorial engraved with the names of some of those who have died from AIDS in New Zealand along with others who are living with HIV/AIDS, as well as partners, families and friends of those infected, regardless of whether they have the virus or not.

Owen Connors was the Blue Oyster Art Project Space Caselberg Trust Summer Resident for 2020. Thank you to the Caselberg Trust for their support of this project. 

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