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banner, colours, couple, duo, fabric, geometric, glass, lovers, pair, sculpture, stripes, textile

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Lovers Between Glass

ArtistAmy Howden-Chapman
Production Date2014
Mediumfabric, glass panels
Size2080 x 1000 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsbanners, abstraction, couples
Accession Date13 Mar 2014
Accession NoC2014/1/8.1-6
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2014

Chartwell Notes

Lovers Between Glass, is a work specifically created for the Stark White Lover's show. Like previous banner works these two cupeled abstract forms oscillate in the associations they conjure up between the celebratory and the slightly sinister.

The banner works consider the way in which power is preformed through political culture. Rather than presenting forms that can be easily identified with an existing organization or figure, the forms hint at the formal repertoire - shape, colour, scale, that are so often used in the service of promoting specific ideological interests. The banner works illustrate modes by which political messages are given and received.

Often used in a performative context, the works are presented at Starkwhite between two large sheets of the glass. This mode of display speaks to a museum like preservation rather than a traditional frame. The material of the objects are protected, but the banners use value - in protest, in argument, in celebration, still remains a possibility.