Exhibition Week 8, 14-18 Sept
Updated: Sep 17
Marketing for exhibition, Planning for installation and opening night, Health and Safety, Socially-engaged artwork
Email from Izzy to Violette 14th Sept Kia ora Violette,
Thank you so much for your support for our exhibition, we really appreciate it! Here's the details for our exhibition below:
Exhibition dates & times:
Opening night: Friday 25th September 6pm
Duration: Saturday 26th September - Tuesday 29th September
Open hours: 10am - 2pm
Exhibition bio (shortened version):
This exhibition uses a contemporary ecological lens to consider our relationship with nature. Each artist attempts to shift the viewer's ecological perspective.
Exhibition bio (extended version):
This exhibition uses a contemporary ecological lens to consider our relationship with nature. Held at the Thomas King Observatory, this site is an important grounding for the dialogue that each artwork will explore. Located at the top of the Botanic Gardens, the observatory stands for many things: research, education, preservation, and observation of nature, time, and space. The observatory is where knowledge is found and perspectives are formed. Every artwork in this exhibition is attempting to shift the viewer's perspective on our interconnectedness with New Zealand's nature. Locating these works inside the observatory will prompt the viewer to think about what our perspectives are influenced by and how observation can change this. The curation of this exhibition will heavily consider the site as an integral part of the work, allowing for a conversation to take place between and amongst each artwork and the site itself.
Materials - willow charcoal on newsprint paper
Piece - 'The hill and mountain forests went silent'
Installation - pinned horizontally to the wall using small, metal flat-head pins
Materials - A1 collaged photocopies of graphite drawings on paper
Piece - 'Untitled'
Installation - pinned to the wall
Materials - cicada shells and gold leaf
Piece - 'Summer Skin'
Installation - Resting on a small wooden plinth on the ground
Materials - x3 cyanotype matte prints
Piece - 'Ornithophobia - the fear of birds'
Installation - pinned to the wall
Please see our exhibition poster attached below. We've set up an instagram for promotional content too, but I'm happy to send through the content if this is easier for you guys! Please let me know if you need anything else :-)
Exhibition instagram: @observingtheabsurd
Izzy Key: @izz_key
Brenna Crump: @hoonyrooney
Victoria Baird: @vicky.g.baird
Suzy Costello: @suzy_costello
Suzy’s Artist Statement
Collecting cicada (kihikihi wawa) shells, pōhutukawa stamen and wood from my local area has led to an exploration of the narrative and materiality of these discarded natural objects. I am interested in the interrelationship between art and science to further our understanding of non human living forms.
Artist Bio Suzy Costello is studying Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington campus. She enjoys printmaking and sculpting in a variety of materials including bronze, glass and ceramics. During her time at Massey she has focused on installations.
2.HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS PLAN
Suzy - Forms to Mike completed including equipment requests (2 lights, audio and plinth). Will hopefully meet him Thursday arvo to go through in more detail.
Health and safety issues highlighted when going through form are:
Hazard - Covid alert level changes; Action - QR sign in and book at door; To do - Suzy
Hazard - Inside, Tripping hazard on inside steps to observatory; Action - There is support to climb the four steps but we could put warning sign on the door and be on hand to assist them. Bring a first aid kit To do - Suzy
Hazard - Outside, inclement Weather as access to site is via a steep walk in an exposed area; Action - Site is very exposed so maybe close the exhibition if conditions are too dangerous. Provide a place to hang coats and umbrellas in entrance way so area stays dry. Be on hand to assist visitors as require. To do - all team members
Hazard - Fire Action - Fire extinguisher already there – be prepared so need to have a lesson in how to use it and an evacuation plan prepared. Team members to carry mobile phone to ring for emergency. Details to provide to emergency responders to be distributed to team members prior to exhibition opening To do - Suzy
Hazard - Medical event e.g. heart attack by member of the public Action - Team members to carry mobile phone to ring for emergency. Details to provide to emergency responders to be distributed to team members prior to exhibition opening. Do any of us have a current First aid certificate? To do - Suzy