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Pauline Rhodes & Liv Worsnop


Tue 8 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 9 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 10 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 11 Jul 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 12 Jul 2014, 12:00pm–4:00pm

Where: The Physics Room, 301 Montreal Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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Pauline Rhodes
Cones of Possibilities & Impossibilities

7 June – 12 July 2014
Opening Friday 6 June, 6pm

"Although it may sometimes seem that the work is done because of certain circumstances, mostly (in my case) it is done in spite of them."

Working since the 1960s, Pauline Rhodes' sculptural practice negotiates the specific qualities of various sites, materials and processes as an open and ongoing series of work. Simple, portable structures momentarily placed within the landscape call attention to the surrounding environment and the relationship between self and location. These ephemeral interventions that Rhodes regularly conducts - extensums - are concerned with duration and transience, states of flux. Her practice also includes indoor installations in cultural situations - intensums - that summarise and communicate the vitality of temporal activity, running parallel to and in dialogue with the transitory outdoor placements. There is a consistent correlation between these two aspects, a connection of nature with culture, action and reflection, though always prioritising experience over documentation. Founded on dynamic movement, the flow of a body through space and time, Rhodes' work acknowledges the instability of the land and the contingency of our relationship to it, constantly drawing attention to context.

Liv Worsnop
The Periphery State

Artist talk Saturday 5 July, 2pm

For the past couple of years, vacant and derelict sites throughout the central city of Christchurch have been cleaned, planted with succulents, wilds have been kept and catalogued, and labeled by 'Plant Gang'. These clandestine interventions are the work of guerrilla gardener Liv Worsnop. As sculptural interventions in public space they reveal her sensitivity to place, celebrating the subtle, quiet qualities of current conditions. There is no mournings for the buildings that once stood on these sites, or speculations on potential future developments; instead Worsnop focuses on what endures in the present moment and on understanding the behaviour of naturally occurring things. The environment is part of her drawing process. The creation of these non-spaces encourages reflection on the small survivors, embracing and enhancing the here and now.

With the onset of winter, the climate produces a dormant time for many plants, an opportunity to hibernate, replenish, take stock and prepare. In The Periphery State Worsnop brings her sculptural practice into the gallery, using the time and space of the exhibition to further her awareness of natural materials and processes. Working with found objects and organic matter, Worsnop experiments with the various potential states of substances, drawing on their properties as liquescent, dust, or unseen essences and how things develop or change in different combinations and circumstances. Creating interactions to develop an organic relationship with the environment, there is an aspect of alchemy to her work, and a consideration of our own physical properties and interrelationships. Worsnop establishes situations and then lets things occur, inviting observation of the delicate and nuanced shifts across time and space.

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