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Paul & Fran Dibble: Selected Works 2011

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Thu 7 Jul 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 8 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 9 Jul 2011, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 11 Jul 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 12 Jul 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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To celebrate 25 years of working in studios in Palmerston North, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is proud to present Paul and Fran Dibble: Selected Works 2011. Opening on 17th June with a reception to honour the artists, the exhibition will run through 12th July at the gallery.

Selected Works will feature 14 bronze studies by Paul Dibble and 10 new paintings by Fran Dibble, which are of a more domestic scale than many of those currently on display in the ‘Sources’ exhibition at Te Manawa (Art, History and Science Museum, 396 Main Street, Palmerston North). The artists have selected these works as perhaps more suitable for the home or office than for large gallery spaces.

Working from a shared studio and foundry in the industrial area of Palmerston North, the artists have created ‘stylistically distinct’ works which display well together. During the showing of Selected Works, Paul Dibble’s Who’s Afraid, a 3.3m sculpture will be formally accepted into the collection of major public sculptures funded in part by the Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust and the City of Palmerston North. The two-part work is being placed in front of the Regent Theatre on Broadway and will be dedicated at 3PM on Sunday July 3rd. A bronze miniature of Who’s Afraid in a limited edition of 10 will be available at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

Paul Dibble’s bronzes are renowned in New Zealand and further afield, with the placement of Southern Stand, the New Zealand Memorial, in Hyde Park Corner in London receiving wide acclaim. The works included in this exhibition are some of the studies of birds and dancers – smaller versions of the giant works in bronze and Corten steel that can be viewed at Te Manawa. Scaled smaller, they still present strong formal qualities of the caricatured bird forms amidst rectangular and round shapes. Works featuring performers enacting their own rituals appear to be paying little attention to the birds which exist in a realm above them.

Another strand features works using a fish, analogous to Maui’s catch of the North Island, which acts as a base to hold up and present various New Zealand scenes interrupted by the sculptor. Most of the pieces on exhibition are limited in number being from editions of 2 or 3 or even a single edition which will make them enticing works eagerly sought after by collectors.

Fran Dibble’s paintings at Te Manawa can be as large as the giant frieze that occupies one corner of the gallery; others are multi-panelled assemblages, again designed to suit a large space. Fran’s paintings at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts are more simple arrangements, most a small sampling of contrasting groupings. They play with the qualities of mixing: placing differently painted paper - some on found paper, some primed and prepared - in a game of contrast and juxtaposition. Thematically they draw on biological resources - some with oddities like a porcupine fish or an ancient extinct pine, or the drawings of jellyfish by the famous Ernest Haeckel (German biologist and philosopher, 1834-1919). With these are mixed abstracted, more textural pieces to produce a complete evocative and atmospheric work.

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