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Sat 9 Jun 2012, 11:00am–3:00pm
Wed 13 Jun 2012, 11:00am–5:30pm
Thu 14 Jun 2012, 11:00am–5:30pm
Fri 15 Jun 2012, 11:00am–5:30pm
Sat 16 Jun 2012, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Bartley + Company Art, 56a Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Alison Bartley

22 May - 16 June 2012

You are warmly invited to the opening preview and to meet Peter Roche Tuesday 22 May, 5.30 - 7.30pm

Bartley + Company Art is pleased to present a significant new exhibition by Peter Roche. As Len Lye, arguably New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed artist, was interested in composing motion, so too Peter Roche, who has been described by writer Warwick Brown as “a worthy successor to Len Lye in the field of kinetic sculpture”, creates an art of motion.

With this exhibition Agitated Roche seeks to advance Lye’s 1960s concept of “figures of motion”. But instead of harnessing vibrating and oscillating sections of flexing metal to reveal striking patterns of movement, Roche uses simple and repetitive electronic programmes coupled with neon light.

The five works in the exhibition each consist of an intricate pattern of white 3-D neon wriggling/dancing in front of a glossy black void. Each embodies a dynamic tension between the stillness of a static object and an animation that while totally repetitive generates subtle nuances of colour and non-repeated forms. As Lye sought to convey the feeling of a figure in motion, here the viewer reflected in the work is caught in the motion.

Roche, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, first attracted attention in the late 1970s with a series of provocative performances. He has a strong history of involvement with kinetic forms of art and in 2011 installed a major large-scale neon light work Saddleblaze, at the Gibbs Farm on the Kaipara Harbour (features on the cover of the autumn 2011 Art News magazine). Roche has had major exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, the 1st Korean Bienniale of Contemporary Art and Scape 2005 Christchurch Sculpture Biennial. His work is held in many public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Auckland Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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