Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Antarctica recreated in Auckland 
through art exhibitions at Corban Estate Art Centre

Corban Estate Arts Centre's latest exhibitions bring Antarctica to Auckland through sculptural installation, moving image and photography on display from 17 May until 16 June 2013.

Untouched as Unknown features digitally rebuilt landscapes from Antarctica, where artist Jae Hoon Lee travelled to be an ‘Arts Fellow’. Lee’s confronting and seamless photographic landscapes are composed from numerous individual images taken over a period of time, his images both document a place and create an imaginary one. This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2013.

Wellington based artist Gabby O'Connor reconstructs the science and history of Antarctica in her newest installation some time, an alluring sculptural interpretation of the edge of the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf at the point of collapse. This labor intensive installation is made from thousands of tissue paper sheets, hand dyed and cut into geometric shapes and manually assembled.

O’Connor’s Antarctic installation is the first arts project in New Zealand to be funded by Boosted, a new crowdfunding initiative for creative projects in New Zealand recently established by the Arts Foundation.

In a series of free public programmes, O’Connor will give an artist talk on Friday 17 May and a children’s workshop to make paper icebergs on Saturday 18 May, as part of the annual Corban Estate Arts Centre’s Kids Arts Festival, while Lee will give an artist talk on Saturday 8 June.

Image caption:
Gabby O’Connor, What lies beneath (detail), 2012. City Gallery Wellington.
Jae Hoon Lee, Pressure Ridge (detail), 2012. Courtesy of Starkwhite Gallery.

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The Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) is located at the historic Corban Winery Estate in Henderson, Auckland.  The arts centre utilizes the historic winery buildings and is home to galleries which feature a changing programme of exhibitions, as well as a cafĂ©, gallery shop, and artists’ studios.  CEAC also offers a wide range of arts and cultural events and education programmes, including art classes for adults and children and a schools education programme.  The centre is open 7 days a week, 10.30am – 4pm. 

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