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From Generation To Generation

From Generation To Generation
17 Sep 2021 to 24 Sep 2021
5pm to 8pm Saturday 10th June to Sunday 25th June
Exhibition Of Art By Jo Gallagher and Lyndy Wilson
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
The Wharf Gallery Raglan
4/92 Wallis St Raglan New Zealand


Contemporary Art work with memories that are their own.

“Nostalgia (from the Greek, nostos - homecoming, a Homeric word,
and algos - pain/longing). Nostalgia is a sentiment of loss a
‘fantasy’ or product of the imagination”.
Nostalgia is also ....’the expression of yearning for an earlier time
or place or a significant person in one’s history, the memory and
significance of which or whom contributes to the sense of self’.

Listen to the Hummingbird...
Listen to the hummingbird
Whose wings you cannot see
Listen to the hummingbird
Don’t listen to me
Listen to the butterfly
Whose days but number three
Listen to the butterfly
Don’t listen to me
Listen to the mind of God
Which doesn’t need to be
Listen to the mind of God
Don’t listen to me
Listen to the hummingbird
Whose wings you cannot see
Listen to the hummingbird
Don’t listen to me
Leonard Cohen

On occasion, while rummaging through a dusty box of childhood
memories locked deep within our brains, we will stumble upon a
piece of nostalgia, which once remembered rips through our mind
tearing open the locks of memories, that have been long captured
and momentarily forgotten.
There are many forms of memory: memories of events we have
experienced, memories we have heard as family stories and from
popular culture, even memories of an imagined future.
From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memories and
Contemporary Art Work with memories that are their own. They
remember and recall stories that were never theirs and assemble
them in a variety of media to be seen heard or even a
subconscious memory. These artists are secondary witnesses o
past events, they use in their work, and it is precisely this distance
in time and space that allows them to offer powerful narratives,
open to a wide range of interpretation and expression.
The exhibition is organised by themes suggested by the artwork
themselves including personal narratives, social and cultural
memory, and the (re) creation of memories based on fiction or
dubious truths.
Through their work, the artists in this exhibition search, question
and reflect on the representation of truths related to the ancestral
and collective memory - ultimately attempting to make sense of
their own past.
Memory as a wise writer once put it, is the thing we forget with.
But poetry and contemporary art work of course, is bound up with
the idea of remembering, recollecting, reflecting, memorialising.
Sharon O’Brien B.A. (Hons) M.A. Fine Art
The Wharf Gallery

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the wharf gallery raglan

12 Aug 2021