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24 Hours: What a Difference a Day Makes


Mon 15 Sep 2008–Sat 4 Oct 2008, 5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George St, Palmerston North

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jenson Fine Arts presents 24 Hours: What a Difference a Day Makes by Beth Charles, a Manawatu based artist.

The exhibition features 24 small drawings and one large drawing in which Charles has attempted to articulate her ideas about time.

This show is the second exhibition by the artist at the Taylor-Jensen gallery.

The title of the show ‘24 Hours’ refers to the amount of hours in a day; for Charles a ‘day’ conveys an idea, emotion, a gesture . . . each day a sequence of twenty-four hours – the same time period, yet different for each of us.

The titles of her drawings suggest ways in which people have described time over the years; for example: “To everything there is a season”, from Ecclesiastes (Old Testament).

Chambers English Dictionary defines time as ‘a concept arising from change, experienced and observed . . . a moment in which things happen’; Horace, Roman poet and satirist (65-8BC) wrote: “While we’re talking, envious time is fleeing: seize the day, put no trust in the future.” A reception to honour the artist will be held at the gallery on Monday 15th September from 5 – 7PM. The public is cordially invited.

In the broader sense of the word Charles’s ‘drawings’ are much more than a figurative depiction of a subject. “Drawing is the best means of transmuting ideas into perceptible form. Drawing is less categorical than other mediums, less defined by its ends; often the territory and their meanings remain open. Drawings evoke and indicate as much as they define. There are possibilities latent in drawing to do with their ambiguous nature and particularly in the complexity of the line – it both separates and it joins.”

Charles, currently living in Palmerston North, was born in England and came to New Zealand with her family in 1982. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Wanganui Community Polytechnic (now UCOL Wanganui) where she majored in printmaking. She has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, winning several awards for her work. Her first exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts was as part of a group show hosted by the gallery in January 2007.

‘Connections: New Pacific Studio, NZ’ featured two American artists and two New Zealand artists who had shared studio space at NPS, located near Mt. Bruce in the Wairarapa. In 2006 Charles had undertaken a two-week residency at the New Pacific Studio, an international organisation that seeks to promote the creativity of people of all ages through a variety of innovative public programs in New Zealand and California.

Ms Charles is represented in corporate and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, United States of America, London, Paris and Japan. Telecom NZ and Massey University also have several of her works in their collections.