Just the right white | 3 - 27 February 2016

Our first exhibition for 2016, Just the right white, takes its name from the neon artwork by Mary-Louise Browne, which wryly plays with the human quest for perfection.

Bringing together white works by four artists, Just the right white explores the seductive power of white. Both the absence of colour and a mix of all colour, white speaks to purity and emptiness, symbolism and formalism. Discussing his signature use of white, architect Richard Meier has said that whiteness allows ideas to be understood--"the difference between opacity and transparency, solid and void, structure and surface. These things are more perceptible in a white environment. They have a greater clarity".

Mary-Louise Browne is an established artist with an impressive history of exhibitions and permanent public art commissions in Auckland and Wellington. Working at the forefront of text-based conceptual practices in a broad range of media, she is a sculptor of words, exploring and having fun with the metaphoric, material and visual qualities of language.

Maria Colls is a self-taught artist from Wellington. She has been exhibiting regularly for the past two years. Her hand-cut paper works draw on geometric forms founds in both natural and man-made urban forms. Utilising layering to create a sense of depth and movement, the artist plays with the interaction of negative and positive space.

Claudia Jowitt completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland at the end of 2015. Like aerial views of a not quite recognisable landscape, her paintings explore texture, form and mark-making teasing notions of representation. A five-metre wide painting produced for her graduation exhibition in December was purchased for a public collection. She has also won the 2016 Tautai/Dunedin School of Art Residency which she will take up in April.

Kazu Nakagawa is a Tokyo-born artist, designer and furniture maker who has been living in New Zealand for almost 30 years. His drawings, paintings and sculptures invoke a meditative quietness.

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Artist: Claudia Jowitt
year: 2016
size: 330 x 440 mm framed
media: oil on panel