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Re:configuring @ The Shutter Room, Whangarei

14 Apr

Detail of Re:configuring by Sarah Kippenberger and Chris Schreuder

“Re:configuring” by Whangārei-based artists, Sarah Kippenberger and Chris Schreuder in the artist run The Shutter Room gallery and studio space, makes the aesthetic experience mutable and participatory.

Sarah Kippenberger and Chris Schreuder

Detail of over 80 images on one of the walls.



You are instructed to choose an image and then to find it peeping out of one of the orfices of the stacks of 80 or more banana boxes in the gallery space.

Detail in the Shutter Room gallery, Whangārei

The title of the show refers to the continually changing configurations created by the visitors. While the photographic images by the artists showing snippits of their lives are framed to be looked at, pondered over or recognized, the frames obscure more than they reveal and the installation of nooks and crannies and towers is not only random but temporary.

Detail in the Shutter Room gallery, Whangarei

Detail in the Shutter Room gallery, Whangārei

By removing both frame and label this project blurs authorship which often in the art world is an important part of the artwork’s value or reception. Visitors place and re-position the boxes and so affect the way the images or the boxes are read by the participants themselves as well as later visitor-participants. Not only the medium is blurred (installation, performance or an opportunity to rearrange) but also the usual separation between the art object and the gallery visitor. The risk is that the next visitor, expecting their art gallery experience to be about reading a static arrangement, sees nothing resembling ‘art.’ But like many social practice art projects which blur the borders between life and art, a clear context – here in the form of instructions to find the image – helps the viewer to step inside the magic circle and once engaged in the game there’s space for contemplation.

The banana box itself is a migrant entering the country on the back of trade as well as being the ubiquitous storage system. But I am being too serious, because this exhibition oozes with joy and lightheartedness. The images are light or delicate with not a trace of angst and none of the boxes are overly battered. There is an out of the box sense of exploration and play that blurs the lines of “object making, performance, political activism, community organizing, environmentalism and investigative journalism, creating a deeply participatory art” [1] experience. In another sense the box functions as an enabler of alterity (to reference Spivak whose 1997 Documenta lecture made a huge impact on me), a way of exhibiting the photographic in a divergent space – from the inside of the migrant banana box, with whatever baggage it might have that distinguishes it from a gallery wall.

Footnote: Outside the Citadel, Social Practice Art Is Intended to Nurture, New York Times, 2013

“Reconfiguring” by Sarah Kippenberger and Chris Schreuder,
29 March – 27 April 2019,
The Shutter Room, 9 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Opposite the public library main door
Wed – Fri 12-4pm, Sat 10-2pm
The Shutter Room Facebook page

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Inter-sensory correspondences

13 Jan
Detail of the Poetic Condition exhibition, Shutter Room, Whangarei

Detail of “The Poetic Condition” in the Shutter Room, Whangarei.
Left to Right: Triptych by Inge Reisberman, Photos and model by Thom Vink, Video-drawing by Sannes Maes and the grid of photo-drawing combinations by Christiaan van Tol.

Tomorrow is the final day of the show and this ends with a spectacular presentation beginning at 12 noon by Auckland artist, Raewyn Turner, who will show and demonstrate inter-sensory correspondences in her own art projects as well as leading a discussion on ‘the poetic condition’ when it comes to the artistic practice. Links to a 7 min film about her scent work and where and when, and the Facebook event page.

Left to Right: Photograph + mixed media by Marg Morrow, Photogram by Megan Dickinson, Videos by Pietertje van Splunter, detail of a photo-model installation by Thom Vink

Left to Right: Photograph + mixed media by Marg Morrow, Photogram by Megan Dickinson, Videos by Pietertje van Splunter, detail of a photo-model installation by Thom Vink

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Left to Right: Detail of photos and model by Thom Vink, Two photo-grams by Lisa Clunie, Photograph by Elektra Bakhshov.

Left to Right:

Left to Right: Photograph by Ellie Smith, Print by Sonja van Kerkhoff, Video by Anne Wellme (in collaboration with Geerten Ten Bosch, Harriët van Reek + Stephie Büttrich-Kolman), Photograph + mixed media by Marg Morrow, Photogram by Megan Dickinson, Videos by Pietertje van Splunter, detail of a photo-model installation by Thom Vink, Video by Channa Boon.

“The Poetic Condition” artists + opening times

1 Dec
Still from Cleaning the Air by Pietertje van Splunter

Still from Cleaning the Air by Pietertje van Splunter

The Poetic Condition
De Dichterlijke Aard
14 artists from
the Netherlands 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

Lisa Clunie
Sanne Maes
Ellen Smith
Marg Morrow
Megan Dickinson
Elektra Bakhshov
Pietertje van Splunter
Sonja van Kerkhoff
Christiaan van Tol
Inge Reisberman
Martje Zandboer
Anne Wellmer
Channa Boon
Thom Vink

7 Dec 2016
– 14 January 2017

The Shutter Room
7 Rust Ave (opposite the public library entrance)
Whangarei

Opening 9 Dec: 4-6 p.m.

Exhibition events
14 Dec: 12.30 – 1 p.m. Artist conversation with Lisa Clunie

17 Dec: 12.30 – 1 p.m. Artist Talk about various projects in the Netherlands by Sonja van Kerkhoff

14 Jan: 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Artist Lecture by Auckland artist, Raewyn Turner. More about this exciting artist in a forthcoming blog. In the meantime watch this 2 minute video about one of her projects.

More
Blog about the works by the Dutch artists in the exhibition >>
More photos and information about all the artists

Roster for the artists in the gallery

7 Dec: 1-4pm Elektra Bakhshov
8 Dec: 1-4pm Marg Morrow
9 Dec: 1-4pm Ellen Smith
10 Dec: 10-1pm Sonja van Kerkhoff
14 Dec: 1-4pm Lisa Clunie – “artist conversation” 12.30 – 1 pm
15 Dec: 1-4pm Marg Morrow
16 Dec: 1-4pm Ellen Smith
17 Dec: 10-1pm Sonja van Kerkhoff – “artist talk” 12.30 – 1 pm
21 Dec: 1-4pm Megan Dickinson – “artist conversation”
22 Dec: 1-4pm Elektra Bakhshov
23 Dec: 1-4pm Lisa Clunie
24 Dec: CLOSED
28 Dec: 1-4pm Elektra Bakhshov – “artist conversation” 1 – 1.30 pm
29 Dec: 1-4pm Shutter Room member
30 Dec: 1-4pm Shutter Room member
31 Dec: CLOSED
4 Jan: 1-4pm Megan Dickinson
5 Jan: 1-4pm Shutter Room member
6 Jan: 1-4pm Shutter Room member
7 Jan: 10-1pm Sonja van Kerkhoff
11 Jan: 1-4pm Megan Dickinson
12 Jan: 1-4pm Shutter Room member
13 Jan: 1-4pm K. Adams
14 Jan: 10-1pm Sonja van Kerkhoff – “lecture” 12 – 1 pm by Auckland artist, Raewyn Turner