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Wed 14 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 15 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 Apr 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 17 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 18 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Seed Gallery, PO Box 99554, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Seed Gallery

In a blithe play on words, Rebecca Thomson’s new suite of prints and small sculptural pieces, titled Suite, enters our most private of domestic spaces: the bedroom.

Within this body of work is the recurring, recognisable motif of the bed. Bedspreads and bed heads are flattened and preserved as miniature relics - vestiges of forgotten sleep - while variations in shape and size suggest a family of absent inhabitants for these empty beds.

Another important motif is the plastic snap-lock bag. A series of collagraph prints represents plastic bags holding collections of ephemera; a comment, perhaps, on the human tendency to collect and keep seemingly insignificant things.

Thomson’s titles signify a gentle push back against the increasingly absurd and tawdry naming of bedroom suites: Manhattan, Seville, Diana and royale. Notwithstanding this element of humour, the prints remain imbued with the graceful ambiguity that characterises Thomson’s work. Surfaces are ghostly and atmospheric, and the subtle layering of colour, contradictions of scale and shifts in compositional balance give the pieces a pleasing, measured tension.

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