Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show

AAG Necessary Distraction

Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show

  • Where

    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

  • When

    28 November 2015 - 28 March 2016

Chartwell and Auckland Art Gallery's Contemporary Benefactors were supporters of Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show, at Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, until 28 March 2016.

Auckland Art Gallery Curator, Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland, says new directions in painting, one of the most familiar artistic platforms, have emerged in New Zealand over the last five years.‘New Zealand artists are exploring, with renewed energy and vitality, the ways in which painting can sustain itself as a compelling and rewarding, multifaceted medium in our increasingly dense visual environment,’ she says. ‘In doing so, they are creating a powerful argument for the relevance of painting today.’

Artists featured were:
Anoushka Akel, Dan Arps, Nick Austin, Andrew Barber, Kirstin Carlin in collaboration with Emma Fitts, Stella Corkery, James Cousins, Nicola Farquhar, Julian Hooper, Simon Ingram, Milli Jannides, Saskia Leek, Patrick Lundberg, Oliver Perkins, Kim Pieters, Jeena Shin in collaboration with Rosy Parlane, Ngataiharuru Taepa, Barbara Tuck, Adrienne Vaughan

Oliver Perkins work, Who's afraid of walking Frida (Hacienda Fire version), 2015, and Dan Arps work, Gutter Witch (Linda's Sunset) 2015, were recent acquisitions into the Chartwell Collection.

Installation Images

An image of the first wall of the exhibition. A wooden grid is in the foreground, and through it an unpainted gib board wall can be seen with a large white sign mounted on it. The sign reads 'Necessary Distraction, A Painting Show'.

Installation of Necessary Distraction, 2016.

A long artwork made up of four canvases hangs on the wall in the gallery space. The canvases are covered with thick vertical stripes of brown, beige, mustard yellow and navy blue. The canvases bulge out at random points, creating a distorted effect.

Oliver Perkins, Who's afraid of walking Frida (Hacienda Fire version), 2015, Chartwell Collection.