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Minimal Wave Revisited - Adrian Jackman


Wed 13 Jun 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Aratoi

Adrian Jackman sees geometry all around him. The lines and curves and angles that form much of the constructed modern world are, for Jackman, ready-made sketches that he can extract, mix and re-form to create his energetic paintings.

The delineation begins with photography, and the artist sees his work as exploring the interface between the two media. He sources images from whatever crosses his path, often posters, advertisements or his own snapshots, and subjects have ranged from Earth seen from space to a pair of bookends. (Warwick Brown, 2016)

Structural lines emerge to form diagrams that Jackman works up until he has found a satisfying composition. Blocks of colour are added based on a formula that is different for every series, such as the range of major tones in a particular source image. The final product is dynamic geometry that is flat, yet full of elusive depths, and abstract, yet hinting at aspects of the real world.

The title of the exhibition operates on a number of levels and takes its name from a genre of electronic music created in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The instrumental arrangements featured mechanical beats and short repetitive patterns, musicians in the genre were often influenced by avant-garde movements such as futurism and constructivism, and by the literature of science fiction and existentialism. Having grown up with this music, it has played an important part in Jackman’s life and accordingly its structure - sampling, repetition and variation - has also informed his work.

Adrian Jackman (MFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, 1997) has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand. His work is held in public, private and corporate collections across New Zealand and abroad, including TSB Wallace Arts Trust, The Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Citibank Art Collection and Perpetual Guardian Trust.

Born in Te Kopuru to a family with links to Whanganui, he now lives in the Wairarapa. He is represented by NKB Gallery in Auckland.