Artists bring gallery to life

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INVERCARGILL’S City Gallery has been a hive of activity this month.
Several exhibitions are on the go, including five by Southern Institute of Technology Bachelor of Applied Media Arts students as part of their third year showcase.
Students have been exhibiting their work in Zenith Act Two at the gallery, along with the Loss and Grief Centre, Tay St, the Southland Education building, Esk St, the Grand Hotel, Dee St, and online.
Bex Pilley has created clay sculptures for her work Wetooareone, however the exhibition didn’t go exactly to plan.
Pilley said third year students had a year-long project to work on, with four exhibitions throughout the year based on the work they generated.
When some of the sculptures she made this term went into the kiln ‘‘they exploded’’.
‘‘This is not how it was meant to be… however it is still quite powerful,’’ she said.
Instead of the original concept, Pilley has taken the broken works and made something new.
‘‘It has its own kind of poignancy… It’s completely different to how it was supposed to be, but it’s great though.’’
Student Michael Peacock has created a looped video for the exhibition called Through Me, You See.
The personal narrative has transformed from the first exhibition into a 3D projection which explores how he finds a sense of peace through landscapes.
‘‘It’s turned into an animation, film, mixed with sound, mixed with projection,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s my way of trying to get the viewer to interact and be immersed into my work and basically see it through me. It’s meant to evoke the same sort of emotional response in the viewer.’’
The exhibition finishes on July 8, with students and artists on site on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30pm.
Also on at the gallery until Saturday is Wayne Edgerton’s New Works by Wayne Edgerton featuring New Zealand landscapes and Is Craft Art? AConversation by Stephen Clover and Annie Bourque, which features traditional techniques associated with craft to explore definitions of art.
Two’s Company, a Southland Art Society members’ exhibition, closes on July 8. The exhibition called on members to collaborate and submit work in pairs and features arange of styles and themes.
Korean artists have also been making leather products on site in the gallery’s new workshop space.

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