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Glenys Brookbanks: Brookbanks2


Thu 6 Dec 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 8 Dec 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 10 Dec 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 11 Dec 2012, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: nkb Gallery, 455 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: nkbgal

Brookbanks Squared is not a departure from previous works but rather a multiplication of the old with the new. More than a mere expansion of original concepts, Brookbanks develops her works exponentially. The dialogue begun decades past culminates in edgy meta-narratives mediating between art and life, art and culture, art and gender. Art becomes a cross-generational observer. At no point can Brookbanks’ practice become categorised, flitting between metaphysical landscapes and abstracted furniture she defies stagnation and subsequently the conservative domestication of the methodologies she chooses to exploit. Furniture begets painting, painting begets furniture and the cyclic parody continues. Exhumed of functionality to what world do these forms belong? Imbued with anthropomorphic qualities through the considerate manipulation of the artist, ‘art’ infiltrates interior spaces once again calling into question conventional roles of art and object.

Brookbanks addresses significant issues of cultural theory from a position of refreshing lightness and simplicity. Themes pertaining to social orthodoxy are dispelled with playful generosity. Where once the gravity of domestic injustice may have ruled the home these works explode issues of gender oppression giving rise instead to the celebration of complementarity. Through hindsight the maturity of Brookbanks practice allows her freedom of commentary based on observations of intimate life experiences. Here three generations of forms are brought together as a genealogical autobiography. Each piece is worn with age and the tarry of aesthetic objectification yet the story of each becomes lighter with generational progression. And so it continues, the works on the wall adding a narrative backdrop to those on the floor. Each communication an addition, each addition a multiplication, not of itself but of an equal ‘other.’ An art practice multiplied ad infinitum testifies to the inexhaustible capacity of creativity to span relational channels with wisdom, wit and wonder.

Elizabeth Brookbanks


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