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New Exhibition by 25 Wellington Cartoonists on View at the Main Library: 14 - 29 April Wellington City Council's Mezzo-space gallery will bring together over two dozen cartoon artists, and sixty…

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New Exhibition by 25 Wellington Cartoonists on View at the Main Library: 14 - 29 April

Wellington City Council's Mezzo-space gallery will bring together over two dozen cartoon artists, and sixty examples of their work, for a closer look at this popular art. The public is invited to stop in and experience the local diversity of graphical styles, social statement, political commentary, and humour. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, 14 April, at 6pm and all are welcome.
New Exhibition by 25 Wellington Cartoonists on View at the Main Library: 14 - 29 April

Wellington City Council's Mezzo-space gallery will bring together over two dozen cartoon artists, and sixty examples of their work, for a closer look at this popular art. The public is invited to stop in and experience the local diversity of graphical styles, social statement, political commentary, and humour. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, 14 April, at 6pm and all are welcome.
"This is the most diverse cartoon exhibition ever held in New Zealand," said organiser Grant Buist, himself a well-known cartoonist for the Capital Times. "The artists are caricaturists, political cartoonists, strip cartoonists, webcomic creators, comic illustrators, fantasy artists and satirists," said Buist, noting that they publish their works in newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, student media, and online. The artists have selected their favourite works for the Mezzo-space exhibition, including a mixture of originals and prints.

"There are original pages from graphic novels, posters designed especially for the exhibition, and a reading table of material," explained Buist, adding that there will also be an exhibition catalogue of artist details.

Mezzo-space, a temporary exhibition hall for emerging and under-represented local artists, was established in 2004 in a vacant Council property and former BAM Bookstore. The location is a highly-visited area, just off Civic Square, and in the heart of Wellington.

"Comics and cartoon art are such a ubiquitous and popular part of our culture," said Eric Holowacz, Community Arts Co-ordinator for Wellington City Council. "In many ways though, like other powerful forms of creative expression, cartoon art is able to tell us what our culture is below the whimsical or gilded surface, at more profound levels. People who visit this exhibition will know what I mean."

The exhibition is designed to complement several other upcoming comics events in Wellington's creative capital. The Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo takes over the Queen's Wharf Events Centre on 16 and 17 April, and the gallery at 91 Aro Street is offering a NZ Comics Weekend also on those days.

Artists participating in the Mezzo-space exhibition are Jarrod Baker, Edward Lynden Bell, Tim Bollinger, Greg Broadmore, Grant Buist, Rob Cruikshank, and Victoria Dreyer. Other cartoonists include Rosi Duthie, Ari Freeman, Brent Harpur, India Kalff, Robyn Kenealy, Martin Molloy, Simon Morse, Robbie Neilson, David Raw, Norman Levido, Grace Campbell Russell, Alexandra Saunders, Rachel Smythe, The Sprayah, stupidlikeafox, Carlos Wedde, Brent Willis, and Jem Yoshioka.

For additional details about this or other upcoming Mezzo-space exhibitions, contact Eric Holowacz on 385-1929 or arts@wcc.govt.nz. For more information about the Wellington Comics Exhibition, contact Grant Buist on 475-8102 or brunswick@paradise.net.nz, or see the following website http://brunswick.keenspace.com/comics.html

Written by

Eric Vaughn Holowacz

14 Apr 2005

Eric Vaughn Holowacz was born in Princeton, New Jersey and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Irmo High School, and was a member of its National Championship academic Quiz Bowl Team in 1986.