Anton Forde, Penny Howard, Bob Kerr
6 – 17 May 2022
Opening: Thursday 5 May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
The artists participating in Kia Maharatia present powerful narratives reflecting on shared historical perspectives of Aotearoa.
Location: Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm
Sculptor Anton Forde (Ngāti Ruanui, Gaelige, Gaelic, English) often feels he is in another world when he creates in stone. His knowledge comes from the ancestral fusion of two worlds - the ancient world of the Celts and our own homeland – Aotearoa. The magic unfolds as Anton works and slowly uncovers the hidden shapes within rock, the cuts and marks he makes are informed by subtle nuances within the stone directing his hand and informing the shape of the finished work.
Penny Howard (Te Mahurehure, Ngāpuhi, Celtic) was impelled to create the paintings and drawings in this body of work through a profound sense of anger. Her perusal of recent online sales of historic Māori artefacts – taonga tüturu– at the British auction house, Sothebys, at huge prices, motivated her to re-capture them. And by extending from their photographic images, she is ensuring they are brought back to us, if not literally, at least figuratively: te hokinga ki tēnei kāinga o Aotearoa New Zealand.
Image: Penny Howard, SOTHEBY’S LOT 10 - Pou Whakairo / Whakahoki, acrylic on board, 900 x 1200mm
The Intersection – Paintings about land, memory and memorials
Bob Kerr pairs significant historical narratives with illustrative landscapes to give insight into New Zealand's past and people, his creative practice combines his two artistic endeavours: painting and writing. Through the eyes and voices of scientists, conscientious objectors, and war veterans, Bob tells the story of New Zealand's history, people, and the landscape.
Image: Bob Kerr, The Intersection at Rangiaowhia, oil on board (3 panels) 60 x 92cm ea