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Sat 28 Jun 2008–Sat 26 Jul 2008, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Objectspace, 13 Rose Road Ponsonby, Ponsonby, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Strange/Familiar is a new exhibition of sculptural ceramics by Nicholas Mullany. Trained at Otago Polytechnic and based in Christchurch, Mullany is an exciting young maker poised to make his entrance into the New Zealand art scene. Mullany’s installation at Objectspace is also his first major solo exhibition. Objectspace is dedicated to supporting innovation in the fields of craft and design and is delighted to be the venue for Nicholas Mullany’s first solo exhibition.

Mullany’s exhibition consists of several distinctive series of work. One group of works is made by repetitively stacking sheets of clay which Mullany says he treats “in a manner that is methodical and borders on the neurotic". Writer Christine Whybrew observes that Mullany’s works are "reminiscent of Lego creations."

Another group of works features a wide selection of amorphic wall mounted objects. The result of a playful process involving contorting and moulding, Mullany's gestalt gestures are physically self evident in the luscious forms, textures and colours that have resulted from his experiential working processes.

Whybrew notes Mullany's affinities with the well known American modernist painter Cy Twombly as well as ceramic artists Lucia Fontana and Gillian Lowndes, "these artists share an emphasis on intuition and irrationality in the process of making. Mullany says his working methods enable him "to create objects that are transitional in nature to navigate the often uncanny relationship that exists between the maker and the object."

A print publication for Strange/Familiar will be available for sale at Objectspace.

Objectspace is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm.

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