Join us for a relaxed artist talk with Deborah Rundle on her current solo exhibition: Tomorrow is Today Now, at Blue Oyster Art Project Space.
At a time when the climate crisis and the moribund condition of late capitalism threaten to establish the state of emergency as the rule rather than the exception, Tomorrow is Today Now explores both the social and the subjective, and ways in which current circumstances remind us how finite, mortal and contingent life is. Emergency is rooted in the Latin word emergere, meaning to arise or bring to light. Emerge also means to survive and recover from a difficult situation. Drawing possibilities from within these meanings, this exhibition plays across the language possibilities of states of emergency and emerging to wonder what might bubble up.
Deborah Rundle is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her art practice principally utilises text in order to investigate the ways in which power plays out in the social and political domain. With a particular interest in the machinations of late capitalism she probes the contemporary world, focusing on slippages within language as a means of opening up alternative meanings and possibilities for change. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Art, University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include World made of steel, made of stone, The Physics Room, Ōtautahi (2021); On My Volcano Grows the Grass (solo), Parasite Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2021); No More the Fruit (solo), RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2021); How to Live Together, ST PAUL St Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau (2019); The Future of Work, The Dowse Art Museum, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (2019); and Are We Not Ready? (solo) Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau (2018).