Auckland Art Fair 2021: NEW WORKS

24 - 28 Feb 2021
Overview

For the 2021 Auckland Art Fair, Visions is presenting a selection of superb works by Eddie Clemens, Georgie Hill, Paul Johns, Emily Karaka, Angela Lane, Jae Hoon Lee, and Laurie Steer.

 

The work of Eddie Clemens takes place in the interstices between film, performance, and sculpture. The artist combines fabrication, photography, prototyping, and video editing to unlock unconventional, orthogonal avenues of investigation. His works form an ongoing discussion of the idea that the artefacts of physical culture are carriers of narratives, links in an expansive and cryptic informational matrix that is indistinguishable from the everyday.

 

Georgie Hill has long been concerned with early abstraction by women artists, the visibility of these figures, and the gendered politics of watercolour. Her works subvert the medium’s limits or expectations, deploying tightly composed systems of pattern, line, and colour. Recent works include diagrammatic lines incised into the paper surface, which contain and direct the often chaotic and hypnotic energies of the broader patterns.

 

Paul Johns was born in 1951 in Ōtautahi, where he continues to live and work. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts. His first solo exhibition was held at the Canterbury Society of Arts in 1976. From early on, his practice has addressed questions of intimacy and belonging, and shown a strong interest in sexuality and gender. He draws on aspects of conceptual and pop art, working with diverse media, including found objects, neon, painting, and photography.

 

Emily Karaka was born in 1952 in Tāmaki Makaurau, where she continues to live and work. She is of Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hine) and Waikato (Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, and Te Ahiwaru) affiliations, and has been exhibiting for over 40 years. Her paintings draw on diverse art-making traditions, including toi whakairo (carving) and abstract expressionism. Characterised by dazzling colour and emotional intensity, they frequently incorporate text, and tie into the artist’s longstanding work advocating for tino rangatiratanga (self-determination).

 

Jae Hoon Lee grew up in Seoul, moved to the United States in 1993 to study at the San Francisco Art Institute, and then to Tāmaki Makaurau in 1998. He holds Master of Fine Arts (2001) and Doctor of Fine Arts (2012) degrees from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. Lee’s multiple migrations and his preoccupation with expanding technological advances have continued to define and inform his practice. His work makes apparent his enduring interest in place, movement, individuality, and the skin as point of difference.

 

Angela Lane is a painter whose landscapes subtly shift between the real and the imagined, splicing memories and sightings. For over a decade she has focussed her attention on the portentous and prophetic connotations of phenomena, both natural and unnatural, the intimate scale of her paintings forcing us to get close and step inside. Lane is a quasi-geologist and a pseudo-meteorologist, cramming massive events into tiny spaces, painting things she only partially comprehends.

 

Laurie Steer questions and experiments with ceramics production and tradition. While maintaining strong links to ancient pottery techniques and aesthetics, his vessels often sprout strange protuberances or spikes, assuming fantastical forms suspended somewhere between fine art ceramics and craft pottery. His work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand and Australia, and he produces an ever changing line of extraordinarily popular pseudo-domestic ware.

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