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Jack Trolove: Mangrove


Thu 9 Jul 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Whitespace Contemporary Art, 20 Monmouth St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


I love the word Liminal. It comes from a Latin word meaning ‘threshold’. Bjørn Thomassen describes it beautifully: Liminality “opens the door to a world of contingency where events and meanings — indeed ‘reality itself’ — can be moulded and carried in different directions”.

Uncovering names for the silty, brackish paintings I’ve made, I’m surprised to realise this show has grown from the mangroves where I live. More muted colours have found their way up to the paintings’ surface through the rich Kaipara mud. These new scrambling marks are pneumatophores: ‘specialised root-like structures that stick up out of the soil like straws for breathing’. The paintings are made of marks looking for oxygen.

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