Room for Contemplation and Expanding Ideas in Corban Estate Arts Centre exhibitions, April to May 2018
Our latest set of exhibitions takes a glimpse into Asian New Zealand contemporary art practices of Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara) and Tāmaki Makaurau artists. Opening on April 12 – May 27 is an endearing solo exhibition Sweet Dreams by Yukari Kaihori alongside contemporary group exhibition, #UPDATE, which features artists Hanna Shim, Dominique Baker, Alvin Xiong, Jihun Hwang, Sena Park and Ruby White.
When Yukari Kaihori’s grandmother passed away in 2016, she left behind a book of handwritten poems featuring tanka and haiku (forms of Japanese short poetry). Surviving through WWII and a tough upbringing, these bittersweet poems explore a deep sense of longing and have been a point of exploration for Kaihori’s latest exhibition. Through dream-like paintings and crystalized sculptural forms, the Wellington based artist embodies the pages of her grandmother’s writing, merging the dream world with reality. Here beauty and sorrow co-exist and Kaihori invites the viewer to contemplate unfulfilled dreams.
The artists of #UPDATE, Hanna Shim, Dominique Baker, Alvin Xiong, Jihun Hwang, Sena Park and Ruby White (also known as Miss Changy), work within many different mediums which include photography, painting, carving, ceramics, installation and relational art. Their concepts and concerns are expansive and include the exploration of personal identity, the conversations that occur between opposing materials and the use of social interventions like food and drawing to challenge the art of engagement. A strong current that ties each of these artists practices together is a strong relationship with materiality, though it is their points of difference which form a strong picture of Asian contemporary arts as it is today.
Inspired by the curator’s own research and conversations which have been happening in the wider arts community, the gallery continues to create a more inclusive and diverse arts space. Sweet Dreams and #UPDATE are part of a rich programme of exhibitions which seek to fulfil this goal. Be in the gallery on Saturday 14 April, 11am-12pm to hear each of the artists talk more about their practices and the complex ideas behind their works.
As part of our public programme, on Saturday 12 May, will be our monthly art event for kids, Saturday Gallery Club #35: Geisha and Koi. In this workshop, kids will be making works inspired by the carved paintings of artist Dominique Baker.
Exhibition dates: 13 April to 27 May, 2018 open 7 days a week, 10.00am – 4:30pm
Entry: Free, all welcome
PUBLIC PROGRAMMES DURING THE EXHIBITION:
1. Exhibition opening
Thursday 12 April, 6-8pm
Please join us for the opening reception of Sweet Dreams by Yukari Kaihori and #UPDATE a group show featuring Auckland based artists Hanna Shim, Dominique Baker, Alvin Xiong, Jihun Hwang, Sena Park and Ruby White
Entry: Free, in the Homestead Galleries.
2. UPDATE korero
Saturday 14 April, 11am – 12pm
Join us in for a conversation with the artists of group exhibition #UPDATE and artist Yukari Kaihori to further explore the ideas behind their works.
3. Saturday Gallery Club #37
Sat 12 May (During Kids Arts Festival 2018), between 10.30am - 12pm
Geisha and Koi
This workshop explores Geisha and Koi imagery, inspired by the works of artist Dominique Baker, an artist in our major group exhibition #UPDATE.
Entry: Free, for kids and families, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed, in the Homestead Galleries.
*More information about the Saturday Gallery Club for kids and families
These free and fun family art-making sessions happen in the gallery every SECOND Saturday of the month. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 and upwards and families the activity runs for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.
If you'd like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Cora-Allan Wickliffe: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org