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Matt Palmer: The Longing


Thu 11 May 2017, 6:00pm
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 6:00pm–6:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: nkb-Gallery

Matt Palmer’s New Zealand is iconic, yet intimate. Memories & Elements of his past are intentionally and effortlessly reshaped and retold from a sense of developed personal mythology and the experience of his present circumstance: an expat New Zealander, living in Australia.

The Longing explores this nostalgic distance, an area of particular interest and tension in Palmer's recent work - reconciling the land of his childhood with his experience of it today. These highly personalised landscapes are constructions of the first-hand experience buried under layers of memory, trapped somewhere between myth and reality.

Palmer’s work lies somewhere between photograph, painting and film. A background in filmmaking has lead to experimentation with the landscape genre, attempting to bridge the gap between his painting and film work, the result, paintings which are both photographic and painterly.

Palmers compositions are cinematic - and while objects, like buildings and trees, are articulate, even photographic - the brushwork, particularly in the foreground and surrounding areas is loose and painterly. Palmer works quickly and spontaneously in these areas, building up layers with thin glazes of paint, careful to avoid texture and impasto, rubbing back the surface where required.

This new body of work is in atmospheric, brooding in tone and loaded with the narrative. Though the works are devoid of human activity: though roads, dilapidated buildings, fence posts and other civilising signs are playfully set against the vibrancy and lushness of the natural landscape, exposing both the tension and congruity of our relationship with the land.

"We are homesick most for the places we have never known." - Carson McCullers

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