Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to EyeContact. You are invited to respond to reviews and contribute to discussion by registering to participate.

JH

Enjoying The Light

AA
View Discussion

However we are not living in the seventies: the drinks and food are pragmatic and encourage lingering and return visits. A shrewd strategy.

Auckland

John Ward Knox
A Projection of Light

6 - 12 March, 2010

 

Only a week long, this short Newcall show by John Ward Knox involves a minimal installation, a couple of photographs and some potential socialising. The T-shaped gallery is apparently empty - apart from a group of three or four chairs and a box that serves as a table for some biscuits. It anticipates some chat over a nibble and a cuppa, if the visitor is so inclined. This furniture is by the far wall opposite the glass door.

There is no electric light and the large windows by the entrance (facing north) are all uncovered so that daylight ‘projects’ in - direct sunlight or glare reflected off buildings or the sky. Because light cannot bend around corners, the smaller, inner, rectangular space extending to the side of the main gallery is much darker.

This arrangement emphasises the light coming in the window and changing over the passing of the day. This point is emphasised by the artist installing two photos of a cloudless sky, taken two hours apart at Miranda on the Coromandel Peninsula, with the lighter one placed on a light wall, and the much darker one on the darkest wall. Their presence seems to serve as signs to visitors to be mindful of the changing illuminative properties and how they effect the room’s architectural features. It also makes sense considering the artist’s interest in Seurat-like biro drawing and undulating sculptures carved directly into plaster-covered walls.

John Ward Knox seems to offering an immersive phenomenological experience where the role of ‘spectator’ and ‘art object’ breaks down, where the very act of visiting as a participatory element contributes to a total environment. Any conversation had with the Newcall gallery minder or other visitors feeds into this. The three ‘items’ of gallery light, photographs and conversation are more calculated and cohesive than what was at first apparent.

That might be a weakness, for it could be that the relational aspects overstate the obvious and that a quietistic private experience with just the light and space and photographs is sufficient. However we are not living in the seventies: the drinks and food are pragmatic and encourage lingering and return visits. A shrewd strategy.

 

Print | Facebook | Twitter | Email

 

Recent Posts by John Hurrell

JH
Pauline Rhodes, 'Pleasure and Pain', 1980 -2019 (from a continuum of performative working elements) painted and stained plywood, painted and stained canvas, silk, stained cotton, matagouri cuttings--as installed at Michael Lett

A Visceral Jostling

MICHAEL LETT

Auckland

 

Pauline Rhodes
Pleasure and Pain

 

27 February - 30 March 2019

JH
Installation of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan's 'Pillars: Project Another Country. Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

Inverted Sailing Cities

AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TAMAKI

Auckland

 

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
Pillars: Project Another Country

 

23 February 2019 - 16 February 2020

JH
Alicia Frankovich, Exoplanets: Probiotics Probiotics!, 2018, 4K video, colour, sound, music by Igor Kłaczyński, voice Nadia Bekkers, 8 minutes 9 seconds.

Mingled Corporeal Selves

STARKWHITE

Auckland

 

Solo Show
Alicia Frankovich

 

8 February - 6 March 2019

JH
Shiraz Sadikeen, Interior, 2019, mixed media collage.

Sadikeen and Burton

satchi&satchi&satchi

Auckland

 

Rea Burton and Shiraz Sadikeen
Trust

 

8 February - 28 February 2019