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'The Impossible Garden' - Emma Bass Photography Exhibition


Wed 26 Aug 2020, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 27 Aug 2020, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 28 Aug 2020, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 29 Aug 2020, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 30 Aug 2020, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2020, an exhibition of richly decorative floral still life by photographer Emma Bass will feature in the grand 1870's ballroom at historic Alberton.

Bass's work examines the beauty of nature, blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage.

With photographed prints of 17th century Dutch and Flemish examples as a starting point - already ‘impossible bouquets’ constructed with elements from mismatched seasons and in distorted perspectives – are further embellished with both natural (real flowers, bees, butterflies) and man-made & mass-produced objects, amplifying their beguiling unreality. Gilded gold cut-outs inspired by Matisse further adorn the opulent surface of the images.

‘Exploring beauty though a manipulated lens’ the illusory perfection of the flower portraits fuse the heritage of the masters with a contemporary sensibility to recontextualise the genre in the 21st century.

Saturday 30 May to Sunday 30 August 2020
Free entry to the exhibition. Normal admission fees apply to view the house (adults $10, children free).

Presented by Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and Artis Gallery, Auckland with the support of the Albert-Eden Local Board.

Please note that on Sunday 23 August and Sunday 30 August the exhibtion wont be open after 3pm due to concerts taking place on those afternoons.

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