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Thursday, 21 February 2019 07:45 am

Art food for the wintry Wellington soul

MAIN ROOM: Fusinato, Wealleans, van HoutWHITE walls and a grey concrete floor look bleak in washed-out winter light, but the work on show at Hamish McKay Gallery this month tells a story strong enough to beat back the winter blues.

“What To Look For In Winter” shows pieces by 17 contemporary artists, from Shane Cotton to Milan Mrkusich, from painting to photography.

Black Crystal Costume by Australian artist Mikala Dwyer hangs high on the wall facing the gallery entrance on Ghuznee St.

Before the wall of windows in the main room (pictured right) stands Ronnie van Hout‘s series I’m Not Out.

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MONOPRINT: Jason Greig's "Obsidian"

The five, door-sized white canvases by the Melbourne-based Kiwi artist are text-based, a departure from his best-known self-referential sculptures.

Rohan Wealleans’ solo show finished last Friday at McKay’s gallery, but Wealleans’ layered and carved-paint kayak traces the midpoint of the room, pointing to the light in Marco Fusinato’s photograph Sun Series #9 – 2/6/02.

In the alcove to the right of the entrance, Christchurch printmaker Jason Greig’s monoprint, Obsidian, depicts a face emerging from dark ink.

Cotton, Wealleans and Greig are three of nine New Zealand artists exhibiting in the Sydney Biennale. Curator David Elliott selected 165 contemporary artists from 35 countries for the 17th Biennale, on from May till August 1 this year.

In the back room are Australian Ricky Swallow’s Apple 2000 sculptures, one in vivid colour, one in tones of black through white.

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ISOBEL THOM: "Self Titled"

They rest in their perspex case on a coffee table.

On the wood-panelled walls, the largest works are Mrkusich’s dominating abstract Four Circles, Grey and Gavin Hipkin’s Eurasia, a soft-focus skeleton, located in the sightline of the entrance to the room.

New Zealand painter Isobel Thom’s Self Titled diptych is a great example of her art practice, and also of the winter theme, says McKay.

The exhibition runs until July 30 at the gallery, 1st floor, 39 Ghuznee St.

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