Soft Spot

Lucy Meyle, Research image, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Lucy Meyle, Research image, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

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31 Jan – 7 Mar

Lucy Meyle

OPENS 5:30 PM, THURSDAY 30 JANUARY, ALL WELCOME

Breadzels
Chain mail
Egg before chicken
Mutual interference
Hagfishes
Eclairs/Croissants/‘Horn’ pastries
Bedroom/showroom/backroom
Allergies
Over-commitment
Patchwork
Thatched roofs

Soft Spot is a solo exhibition by Lucy Meyle driven by a sculptural exploration of types of containers and coverings, from those we interact with in everyday life to the more historic, fetishised or unusual. Looking at materials like slipcovers, crusts, shoes, and various kinds of ‘shells’, the artist considers how these can be interfered with in unexpected or humorous ways.

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The title Soft Spot refers to the feeling of a particular tenderness, as well as its secondary meaning of structural weakness or rot. In a similar spirit, this body of work revels in series of tensions: between decoration and function; form and practicality; and a kind of ‘bagginess’ or burden.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Lucy Meyle’s practice uses the absurd as a site for re-imaging and re-imagining our relations to what is human and more-than-human. Moving across sculpture, installation, video, and publication, her practice is engaged in a wilful re-orientation of relationships through humour, collaboration and anti-smooth materiality. Recent projects include Shifting ground, Silo 6, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2018, Looking forwards and backwards (with Ziggy Lever), Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Ōtepoti Dunedin, Bad Actors, 2017, MEANWHILE, Pōneke Wellington, and Serving Suggestions, 2016, RM, Tāmaki Makaurau. She recently completed a practice-led PhD titled “Does a Flower Rehearse for Spring” at Auckland University of Technology.

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Emerita Baik, 14:27, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Emerita Baik, 14:27, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

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31 Jan – 7 Mar

Emerita Baik

OPENS 5:30 PM, THURSDAY 30 JANUARY, ALL WELCOME

Emerita Baik contemplates form, abstraction and language in her exhibition 꿈 / ɯnʞʞ. Taking objects from her family home such as photographs, prayer cards and furniture as starting points, the artist has reworked their forms into playfully stacked structures or skeletons.

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Baik’s sculptures seek to disrupt space and surfaces, while thinking through the intangible experience of living between cultures and languages. 꿈 / ɯnʞʞ, (‘dream’ in Korean) is a character that shares a formal concrete relationship with the forms within the exhibition. Made of polystyrene, plaster and paint, these objects seek to blur divisions between ‘interior’ and ‘exterior,’ what is and can be expressed, and how to dwell in this state of in between-ness.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Emerita Baik is an artist based in Pōneke Wellington, and holds a BFA from Massey University. Recent exhibitions include I love more than two loves, 2019, RM, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, EOmma, 2019, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre and AAAhui2018 @ the Engine Room, 2018, The Engine Room, Massey University Wellington (group). She is a current studio artist at Play_station.

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