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Smith & Brown


Wed 16 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 17 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 18 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 19 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sun 20 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Toi Gallery, 145 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa Village, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: TOI Gallery

Featuring both new and retrospective works by Gordon H. Brown and Jo Smith with support from Sally Brown Smith.
Long time Waiheke resident Gordon Brown is a distinguished New Zealand art historian awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University of Wellington in 2002 for his contributions to art history, at which time Gordon H Brown himself delivered the first lecture in a series that later came to be named in his honour.

Aside from his historical work which has often shone a light on the works of Colin McCohan, Brown is an artist and photographer in his own right having exhibited in solo shows from 1961 through to the current day.
Photographs by Brown exhibited in this exhibition are from the series called “Hotel North America” that Brown took while travelling through the USA and Canada in 1974. Whilst these images capture spaces designed to provide shelter and material comfort, they are at the same time hauntingly melancholy in their absence of human presence.
Brown has also included new paintings based on pencil sketches he completed in the 1970’s with their imagery being inspired by the McCohan work “Numbers, intended tail-pieces for Landfall” which was drawn in 1958 for Landfall but never used by the magazine’s editor, hence Brown’s tongue in cheek naming of his works “McCohan digitalises himself”.

For this exhibition Jo Smith has completed an entire new series of painted works titled “Stand” which draws on various environments one encounters as one moves around the island then across the gulf to downtown Auckland. Smith likens these environs to being her “tool box’ from which she draws inspiration for her works. As Smith developed the works she realised that each painting portrayed a different concept of the word “stand” hence the name of the series. As always Smith’s work captures the essence of this place we live in seeing things that often are missed by those going about their daily lives.

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