Category Archives: Projects

Houston Paintings

A selection of works exhibited at Art League Houston, March 22nd–May 4th, 2019.

In 2016, after moving to Houston, Texas from Auckland, New Zealand, my forays to local museum collections sparked a return to painting. Using photographic images from the book Houston’s Forgotten Heritage as a starting point, my paintings re-interpret the content of these historical images, and render new relationships to the present through my use of color. I went on to explore photographic images from other sources, including YouTube videos and children’s encyclopedias from the 1950s. My paintings employ the use of saturated color and meticulous techniques in a bid to tease out previously unnoticed details, to highlight the construction of the source images, or to emphasize the mythological or symbolic qualities that exist in the mundane. In these paintings, I use color and compositional elements in a non-natural way to jolt the viewer out of taking what they see for granted, nudging them to accept instability of history as told through photographic images.

To view all the works, along with their accompanying texts, go to www.houstonpaintings.website

Dreams Moons Circles Fictions

(and fragments found on the forest floor of disquietude)

A solo survey show of works (2003-2014) exhibited at the Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, February 2014

For this exhibition, the projects A Humid Day and Untitled (White Book) were released as e-books.  

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A selection of works included in this solo survey show:

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images courtesy of Papakura Art Gallery.

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Click here for images of the opening on Papakura Art Gallery’s facebook page.

To download the e-books featured in the show, please follow this link for further information.
 

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Published in conjunction with the exhibition Dreams Circles Moons Fictions and fragments found on the forest floor of disquietude held at Papakura Art Gallery in February 2014. For images click here.

An introduction by Tracey Williams, and a catalogue essay by Dr. Cathy Tuato’o Ross.

Threaded Stories

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

A collaborative community project, facilitated by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. Read more here & here.

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.Photos by Garry Trinh.

Photos by Garry Trinh.

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64zero3, Christchurch, July 2008

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These scans were taken prior to framing and feature in the accompanying catalogue.

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Link to the catalogue for this exhibition.

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A Humid Day

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These works sit in a narrative, that of a day in the life of a young woman. I have taken text out of “graphic designed” items such as commercial packaging, signage etc. and replaced it with text from Untitled (2001) and changed the visual elements of these items to suit the text.

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Based on existing forms and formats of graphic designed ephemera, a New Zealand bookstore (Whitcoulls) sign is transformed into the words “Falling into Fiction” and a Penguin Classics book is altered to mirror the questions the protagonist has. A museum poster, using the background of a piece corrugated cardboard, purports to show the increasingly jaded protagonist “Treasures of the Unknown and Uncharted”. A page from a computer manual helpfully delineates “methods” of making paintings.

And finally, in a form of mirroring (such as the play within a play or a story within a story), the person goes to the theatre, only to find “herself” as the character. Her companion never shows up.

Installation at the University of Auckland Gus Fisher Gallery in 2007

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Project Website

 

Click here to visit the project website.

 

 

A Humid Day E-Book Edition (Published 2014)

To download a copy of the recently digitised edition of the book, please follow this link.

A Humid Day (Abridged Version) 2014

A hard copy of the abridged version can be purchased on demand here.

Untitled (White Book)

Concrete poetry or psychology textbook and thesaurus mash-up, this book was based on collected scraps of notes and first published in 2000 as part of a final submission. The texts in the figures in A Humid Day were taken from this book.

Untitled (White Book) E-Book Edition (released 2014)

To download a copy of the recently digitised edition of the book, please follow this link.

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Page excerpts

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