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Peter Gibson Smith: Wasteland


Wed 8 Aug 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 9 Aug 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 10 Aug 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 11 Aug 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 12 Aug 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Disaster comes in many forms: the movement of tectonic plates, the eruption of a volcano, a flood, a plague, humankind. What comes after is a wasteland. But that’s not the end…

Wasteland is a musing on the cyclical theme of disaster and regeneration by Auckland-based artist, Peter Gibson Smith. The exhibition features a selection of large scale works on paper which are representative of the artist’s practice in the last four years. Using photographic evidence of local disasters as a starting point, the works morph into some sort of alternative speculative history, disconnected from the events that were originally described. Each image is rendered with millions of pencil lines on paper and preserved by layers of beeswax. The works on paper are complemented with a new series; classical-era sculptural busts presented as sunken ruins and symbolic of the inevitable rise and fall of empires.

Opening: Friday 22 June 5.30 pm. The artist will be present.
23 June - 12 August 2012
Artist’s floortalk: Saturday 23 June 2 pm