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Exhibition Detail
Not For Entertainment
Curated by: Deborah White
12 Crummer Rd
1021 Auckland
New Zealand

May 8th, 2012 - May 26th, 2012
May 8th, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
#13, Ross RitchieRoss Ritchie, #13,
Graphite and oil on linen, 1800 x 2000mm
© Whitespace
New Zealand
+64 9 3616331
Tue- Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm
sculpture, mixed-media

Few exhibitions in recent memory, save perhaps 2007's Turbulence Triennial, have self-consciously assembled work that is so hard to look at, so challenging to think about, and so necessary. Doris Salcedo once said of her work that: 'As an artist, I don't have the opportunity to choose the themes that inform a piece. The oft-celebrated freedom of the artist is a myth.'

The artists that make up Whitespace Gallery's Not For Entertainment - Andy Leleisi'uao, Ross Ritchie, Niki Hastings-McFall, Pete Wheeler, Lauren Lysaght, and Locust Jones - share the impetus to create works that confront realities that we wish were not real.  Lysaght's miniature hearses lose no elaborateness to their scale, and Hasting-McFall's tiny tomb breathes an optimistic breath into her version of a burial.  Jones' ink drawing recalls Picasso's Guernica, while Ritchie and Wheeler offer modernised momento mori.  Leleisi'uao slight sculptures, though unsettling, are themselves born of an awareness of a reality that must be addressed.

Not For Entertainment draws together a group of artists that are all engaged in a startling project - creating works that confront their own realities as artists (and humans), while reminding viewers that we are not immune to these realities.  The prospect - and likewise the exhibition - is challenging: this is not for entertainment.

Amy Stewart

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