23 July 2013

Crossover, 27July-31Aug, Auckland

The exhibition Crossover opens this weekend at Papakura Art Gallery
at 10:30am on Saturday 27 July.
The exhibition is on until 31 August.

The exhibition Crossover, featuring emerging and established Auckland-based artists, 
functions largely as a window into the span of ideas and methodologies 
connected to print that are utilised in contemporary visual arts practice. 
All of the selected works in the exhibition make use of, or refer to, print 
but none are defined by a technical discipline.

The curators of the exhibition found the title of the show in the closing remarks of an essay 
titled Printmaking: A Colony of the Arts written in 2006 by Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer. 
The curators’ focus on Camnitzer was due to a seminal print work he produced 
between 1966 and 1968 named This is a Mirror and You are a Written Sentence
The work was a groundbreaking in its time 
because it marked a shift from print as process to print as strategy 
and was essentially the first conceptual print piece, which was closer to a relief sculpture. 
Crossover is not precisely about this work, rather the exhibition refers to it 
as interest in it set up a course of investigation into Camnitzer’s writings 
regarding the field of print and helped to inform the curatorial logic underpinning the exhibition. 

In Printmaking: A Colony of the Arts, Camnitzer wrote that the study of art-historical products 
has been characterised by a recognition of a balance between technique and vision, 
which was being brought into question as we "cross over a new divide", (Camnitzer, 2006) 
referring to the impacts of digital technology.

A spectrum of print technologies have generated or informed the production of the work in Crossover
which can be understood as an exhibition of strategies derived through or from print 
whereby print provides an approach, source material or proof of an artist’s action.
[Grant Thompson, 2013]

Curated by Tracey Williams, Steve Lovett and Emma McLellan,
including prints by Rangituhia Hollis, Sonya Lacey, Patrick Pound, Liyen Chong, 
Lisa Crowley, Jim Speers, Gavin Hipkins, Peter Madden, James Wylie, 
SoHoo Yoo, Sarah McElroy, Jessamyn Gemming, Su Walker, Sarah Dufty, 
Kerrie-Anne Van Heerden, Daniel Devoy, Kahu Fowler, Winston Shacklock, 
Alli Kissick, Louise Andrew, Sheree Stone, Cara Griffith, Euan Lockie, Misong Kim

Other events associated with this exhibition include:
 Panel discussion around the themes of the exhibition - 10:30am on Saturday 17 August 
  Informal artist talk with Peter Madden - 12:30-1:30pm on Wednesday 21 August  
 Artists from MIT will discuss their work in the exhibition - 1:30-2:30pm on Wednesday 28 August

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