“The Poetic Condition” Backwal Gallery, Otaki

20 Aug
Still from Cleaning the Air by Pietertje van Splunter

Still from Cleaning the Air by Pietertje van Splunter

The Poetic Condition
De Dichterlijke Aard

28 Oct – 10 Dec 2017
12 artists from
The Hague and
Aotearoa | New Zealand

A Red Lemon (Een Rode Citroen), 2015, 9' 53” Sound: Anne Wellmer. Drawings: Geerten Ten Bosch. Animation: Harriët van Reek. Text: Helene Cixous. Voice: Stephie Büttrich-Kolman

A Red Lemon (Een Rode Citroen), 2015, 9′ 53” Sound: Anne Wellmer. Drawings: Geerten Ten Bosch. Animation: Harriët van Reek. Text: Helene Cixous. Voice: Stephie Büttrich-Kolman


Thom Vink
Sanne Maes
Channa Boon
Anne Wellmer
Martje Zandboer
Sonja van Kerkhoff
Pietertje van Splunter
Michelle Backhouse
Adrienne Spratt
Brenda Tuuta
Brit Bunkley
Hopeha

99 Atkinson Ave, Otaki

Still from Bird of Prey by Sanne Maes

Still from Bird of Prey by Sanne Maes

Open
Saturdays + Sundays
10-4 p.m.
or by appointment.
06 364 7763
or
021 260 5723

Exhibition events
28 Oct: 11 a.m. – 12 noon “Impressions of the Venice Biennale, Documenta + Munster Skulptuur” by Sonja van Kerkhoff

3 Dec: 1 -2 p.m. Artist Talk to be confirmed.

Meet the artists
in the gallery

28 Oct: 10-3 pm Michelle Backhouse, Sonja van Kerkhoff

"Lake Alice" - from the abject history series by Brit Bunkley.

“Lake Alice” – from the abject history series by Brit Bunkley.

These artists explore, respond or extend the theme of our human nature and the relevance of the aesthetic of poetic intervention to the self, socio-political or society with a wide range of media and approaches to ‘big questions’ (who are we, how do we live, how do we think/feel), so that the exhibition as a whole is like an installation encompassing diversities of vision.
Netting by Michelle Backhouse.

Netting by Michelle Backhouse.


Some artworks are poetic selections with direct reference to contemporary political worlds, such as Channa Boon’s video, Brit Bunkley’s objects referencing abject histories of place or Sonja van Kerkhoff’s nature vs nurture flower transparencies. Others use materials or metaphors associated with cultural expression and relate them to the personal, such as Brenda Tuuta’s woven ‘speaking’ pieces, Adrienne Spratt’s giant sized basket and Anne Wellmer’s videos. Martje Zandboer’s suspended miniatures, which contain family photographs from the Dutch East Indies, mix Dutch colonial history with the theme of the personal and intergenerational. Thom Vink’s works take a more material versus human spirit perspective, where architectural models and photographs create a composite humane aesthetic, while Sanne Maes’ self-portrait video/drawing connects the self with the natural world. Pietertje van Splunter’s videos are like a poetics on the mundane: housework. Her brooms seem animated by an unearthly force and the constant stacking of the differing tribes of kitchen utensils suggests a game with secret rules. In using humour with the overkill her videos are reminders that the everyday domestic, is also a microcosm of the amusing, perhaps necessary banality of habit while Michelle Backhouse’s sculptures use seemingly banal materials, building paper, netting or house paint to create ethereal protusions.

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