Singular Companions: Sculpture from the Collection
Sculptural form is paramount in this exhibition from the Govett-Brewster Collection.
Works are cast, assembled, recycled, woven, thrown, carved, welded, hand-formed or illuminated.
Grouped as new companions in five gallery spaces, the works explore the containment of memory, measure, the mapping of terrestrial journeys, the body and abstraction alongside interplays with domestic ciphers, social customs, illusion and weightlessness.
Works are either new to the Collection or have not been exhibited at the Govett-Brewster for many years.
The New Zealand and international artists in Singular Companions employ a wide variety of materials in their work from drift nets, beeswax and timber to copper, ceramic, neon, marble, fibreglass, re-purposed plastic bottles and sound.
The exhibition spans more than four decades of making and registers each artist's particular sculptural interests. These differ markedly, from the feminist concerns of Mary-Louise Browne to the environmental considerations of Andrew Drummond, from Filipe Tohi's complex patterned abstraction to the investigation of perception by Paul Hartigan and Neil Dawson. Recent additions to the collection by artists Lisa Reihana, Laurelle Pookamelya, Bill Culbert and Lauren Winstone are presented alongside important yet rarely seen works from our holdings.