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August Exhibitions: Elliot Collins and Bonco

Bonco, Racing Green Tiger, 2020. Oil on Canvas.
Elliot Collins, And We Went Outside, 2020. Oil on Canvas.
2 Aug 2020 to 2 Sep 2020
Tues - Friday 10 - 4pm, Sat - Sun 11 - 4pm
Exhibitions by two inspiring abstract painters will take place at Northart gallery in Auckland in August.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Norman King Square (opposite the Library), Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre, Northcote


Abstract painter Bonco, completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Elam, University of Auckland in 2017 with a focus on oil paint on canvas. His work revolves around using the idea of a game to explore concepts around the authenticity of experience and identity. He suggests that in Western civilization human society replicates a deeply entrenched consumerist value system while at the same time innately deluded about one’s own significance both personally and as a species in relation to the cosmos.

Bonco’s show, Peshat, will continue his work in geometric abstraction. Bonco is interested in discovering the spiritual, through an investigation of the modernist grid, and its variations. While appearing scientific, mathematical and modern, the grid’s mythical power is that it acts as a symbolist window, offering an opportunity to explore the universal. 

By using the grid as a proxy for society and then subverting it, he is searching for its “unseen” structure. His aim is to create a world with occupants who are not confined to a set of labels, whether related to gender, race or socio-economic background, and through remaining undefinable, unpredictable and fluid they are able to construct a truly dynamic yet harmonious environment - a 'good world' as it were.

Elliot Collins is an artist who works across a multidisciplinary range of media. Elliot is interested in ideas of the absent text within memorials in Aotearoa New Zealand as well as the motifs that represent a particular kind of identity forming narrative. My practice draws reference to poetry, language, naming, access or boundaries and memorials towards death.

Elliot’s show, A Monument to Now, attempts to address the idea of recording now in a way that upholds hope yet throws a knowing shadow upon all of us. The complicit, the victim, the winner, the authority, the lost, are all contained on the same continuum.

The works are a comment on the overuse and overt abuse of images and narratives that perpetuate problematic ideas. The point to these works is to understand how power and knowledge works. I’ve given you less; I have taken the detail and recognisable elements away and left the viewer with mere suggestion of colour palette contained in the original. Via a simple digital manipulation, I have achieved a silencing that has occurred for many indigenous people throughout time. The story is still there, I have still given you something to look at, a presence of something that exists in an absence of everything else.

“It is my hope that this show will encourage the visitors to think of their own monuments to now. Their own markers of time that they may be able to return to or remember that will preserve for them the special moment that is now.”

Both artists will join us at Northart to give a public talk on their work on Sunday 16th of August at 1pm, free event. All welcome.

Peshat and A Monument to Now will share a special opening event on Sunday 2nd of August from 3 to 5 pm, and then run daily at Northart until 2nd of September.

For further information or high resolution images contact: Jessica Pearless, Director.


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17 Jul 2020

Located in the Northcote Shopping Centre, just ten minutes from downtown Auckland and Takapuna, Northart provides a public programme of exhibitions and other visual arts activities, characterised by accessibility and innovation.