Everyday Lines

Emily Hartley-Skudder, Bleached Apricot Counter Display, 2017
Emily Hartley-Skudder, Bleached Apricot Counter Display, 2017

Everyday Lines will be exhibited across all of the gallery spaces. The exhibition highlights art that is made from, influenced by, or replicates everyday objects and activities. The viewer is encouraged to look closely and to contemplate the deeper narrative of what happens when objects are stripped of their functional value and drawn into the world of art.

This exhibition makes visible the intimate connections artists in New Zealand have with daily life as a source of inspiration, and how each artist’s practice is integral in their treatment of the everyday.

Exhibiting artist Emily Hartley-Skudder shares her thoughts on the everyday, saying, “I am fascinated with replicas of the commonplace; the ‘artificial ordinary’. I obsessively collect found objects: miniatures, toys, plastic trinkets, fake flowers… which I then assemble, photograph and translate into paintings. Such objects highlight our underlying preoccupation with recreating aspects of our everyday lives.”

Showcasing 16 New Zealand artists: Nick Austin, Steve Carr, Madeleine Child, Eleanor Cooper, Bill Culbert, Emily Hartley-Skudder, Marita Hewitt, John Ward Knox, Dane Mitchell, Gaby Montejo, Joanna Margaret Paul, Martin Selman, Jeff Thomson, Francis Upritchard, Erica van Zon and Seung Yul Oh.

Everyday Lines allows us to question whether we take the ‘ordinary’ for granted or whether we too see something in the everyday that others do not.