Between

Friday May 18th, Saturday May 19th,
Opening Thursday May 17th, 5.30pm-8.30pm
George Fraser Gallery

Moving from one thing to another – be it from a place or a moment in time – there is a void that must be crossed that is neither here nor there. ‘Between’ tries to define that gap, attempting to characterise the provisional somethingness of nothingness that is located within a transitional moment. Artists exhibiting are Cat Auburn, Matthew Crooks, Akiko Diegel, Boris Dornbusch, Trenton Garrett, Kate Newby and John Ward Knox.

The George Fraser Gallery is the public exhibiting space of Elam School of Fine Arts and a valuable teaching resource for the professional presentation of artwork in the public arena. Regular shows of edgy and innovative artwork provide focused attention on the active participation that the George Fraser Gallery and the Elam School of Fine Arts have in the wider art and design culture. Set in the grounds of Albert Park, the gallery attracts visitors from this wider community and is often the space where the work of emerging artists is first exhibited.

Essay by Andrew Clifford

On bridges, transformations, futility, nothing, …

Having suffered a motorcycle accident shortly after WWII, my late grandfather left the building industry and became a foreman for what is now Wharehine Concrete in Wellsford. For most of his working life he built bridges, creating structures in the space between places and linking up much of Rodney County…

Moving from one thing to another – be it from a place or a moment in time – there is a void that must be crossed that is neither here nor there. ‘Between’ tries to define that gap, attempting to characterise the provisional somethingness of nothingness that is located within a transitional moment…

The temporal void that ‘Between’ occupies is more contingent than mercurial. Its qualities are specific but fleeting; an empty space in a schedule, a vacancy, an opportunity and a sense of expectation, a blank canvas to be filled, framed or erased at short notice, and a slot that links the preceding booking to the one that follows…

Ambition can be a dangerous thing, always threatening to evolve into a quixotic crusade that would lead us into oblivion. The more valiant the attempt, the more elusive the goal, the more likely the crash. Somewhere along that journey there is a transitional moment, usually definable only in retrospect, when neither success nor failure are certain, a fragile state in which the victory of growth mutates into the downfall of decay…

If you look up Nothing on Wikipedia, you will be reminded that it is a noun, suggesting that nothing actually refers to some thing – in mathematics this is zero. You will also find reference to a settlement in Arizona, founded in 1977 and inhabited by four people – presumably a significant enough occupancy to nullify its former state of nowhere. Behind the gas station (the settlement’s sole feature) there is a trash heap where Nothing’s things become void…

The use of three consecutive dots in writing is known as an ellipsis, indicating an absence of content or a narrative leap that needs to be imagined. Placed within a text, it forms a bridge between two passages. Left at the end of the copy, the writer seemingly trails off, launching the reader into…

Andrew Clifford is a freelance writer and sound artist. He works as curatorial assistant at The University of Auckand’s Centre for New Zealand Art Research & Discovery and is a post-graduate candidate at Elam School of Fine Arts.

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Boris Dornbusch
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Matthew Crookes
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John Ward Knox + Daniel Webby
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