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Attempts 18

ArtistRichard Maloy
Production Date2013
Mediumcolour photographic print
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date21 Feb 2014
Accession NoC2013/1/41/2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2013


These works are a 1:1 scale photographic print of art school studio tables. They operate as a recorded document of a particular moment in a studio tableʼs ongoing life. In my recent works I have been extending my investigation into art making processes and their cultural and social value. I have been exploring this in relation to both the art school and traditional art studio environment. I have been interested in how the photographic camera has an ability to both record, and through photographic printing an ability to present back residue from art making processes. I have been using photographic techniques which I have developed from my investigation into traditional modes of art documentation, like those employed by art galleries and museums to catalogue and reproduce art works and artefacts from their collections. I am interested in how the art works I have created using these techniques carry a connection and relationship to the original photographed source, and how the work is seen, understood and functions as a unique art work in its own right, and its relationships and play to art historical readings. Statement by Richard Maloy

Chartwell Notes

Richard Maloy’s series Attempts references and documents art making practices within an art school environment, and also calls to mind abstract and expressionistic modernist painting. Like modernist colourfield painting, the painterly marks in these photos are not referential, allowing the viewer to create meaning and respond to the combination of colours and marks individually. The Attempts series was shown at Starkwhite Gallery in 2013; the interest in Maloy’s ideas, sparked by the acquisition of Attempts 11, lead to the acquisition of Attempts 16 and Attempts 18. The Attempts series is a documentation of art-school students’ studio tables, which bear the remnants and chance marks left over from different art projects. Out of the complete series of to-scale photographs, four were taken from Elam School of Fine Arts where Maloy was a tutor. The bright, gestural marks in Attempts 18 invite the viewer to reflect on the making process, perhaps even remembering their own experiences of art making. Whether intentional or accidental, the marks reflect a making process and evoke the activity of the maker. Maloy gives status to the mark-making through his photography, turning the remnants into artworks in their own right. The acquisition of three works from Maloy’s Attempts series allows for his critical ideas and practice to be well-represented and documented within the Chartwell Collection. (RW, 2014)



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