Two new exhibitions open at Adam Art Gallery

Renowned for its unique architectural spaces and ever-changing programme of local, national, and international exhibitions, the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington showcasing two new exhibits on 25 April

Exploring the ideas of space and its representation, an artist and three architects are unveiling their latest creative endeavour named Drawing Is/Not Building.

Simon Twose, Sarah Treadwell and Roland Snook are the three architects behind the project. They all have a theoretical interest in drawings and teach at Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland and RMIT in Melbourne.

“Each approaches drawing not merely as a preliminary stage in a design process, but as a conceptual tool for determining the way matter is formed, shaped, constructed and potentially felt,” says Twose,

Christina Barton, the director of the gallery says the three architects use strikingly different mediums to create their work.

While Twose uses concrete to model build form, Treadwell makes large-scale mixed-media drawings and prints, and Snooks experiments with robotic fabrication techniques and computational design processes.

The second exhibition sees Richard Frater’s work return after his In Camera exhibition series in 2011.

Frater is currently based in Berlin but his Living Cities 2011 exhibition will showcase film footage he shot during his residency for In Camera and is being made into an object that will make a fleeting appearance in the exhibition.

Simon Twose, Concrete Surface 2014, digital scan of concrete prototype

Adam Art Galley curator, Stephen Cleland says; “Frater orchestrates a chain of discrete scenarios.”

“His work is dispersed between three sites: the Gallery’s website where a film ‘trailer’ is presented, the Kirk Gallery which features an alteration to the space, and an offsite venue where a sound work made in collaboration with Auckland-based sound artist Richard Francis can be experienced.”

A connecting thread within all these works is his concern with the ecological makeup and built environment of Wellington.

He has researched the population of the kaka, a native parrot that was successfully reintroduced in to Zealandia, the Karori wildlife sanctuary and its surrounding suburb in 2001.

“His installation unearths the potentially lethal impact on natural wildlife of contemporary urban developments. It puts distance between publicity images of the city and its living politicised dimensions,” says Cleland.

Frater will speak about his work at 2pm on April 25 and there will be other discussions during the course of the exhibitions.

The two exhibitions open on April 25 at 12pm and will run until June 28 2015.

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