We bring you three pieces from the spring art market that draw upon a series of unlikely skill sets including knitting and boat building. With Ray Haydon’s current exhibition, Cadence, happening at Sanderson and likewise, Renee So alongside Nicola Farquhar for the Morphogens show at Hopkinson Mossman, there’s no better time to soak up the following pieces.
MARSY by Selina Foote — $3,800
2015, Oil on linen, 500 x 400mm
A recent Elam graduate with a Masters of Fine Art, London-based Kiwi artist Selina Foote discovers the abstract in portrait paintings by Monet and Rembrandt. Her modus operandi is to draw inspiration from the works of 19th-century women Impressionist painters such as Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, distilling and refining areas of colour, light and line. Each painting begins with a drawing that is developed in response to a historical portrait painting. This becomes a trigger to begin the painting process; it sets up the composition, the palette and the scale of each new work. In her short career to date, Foote has been the subject of several solo shows in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as being chosen for significant group shows at City Gallery, Wellington and Window Project Space at the University of Auckland. Her paintings are held in the collections of the Chartwell Trust and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Available from Two Rooms
GESTURE 12 by Ray Haydon — $7,400
2016, Carbon fibre and timber, 1900 x 700 x 30mm
Renowned for his aptitude in creating the amazing wall-mounted or free- standing sculptures that have been coveted by many, this 2016 piece from the Auckland-based sculptor is no different. With a significant element of engineering finesse involved in the forging of each of his pieces, Haydon incorporates methods derived from boat building, jewellery design, model making and fine furniture construction. Utilising this accomplished dexterity, ‘Gesture 12’ has been hand-shaped from carbon fibre and timber, furthering Haydon’s unceasing exploration of the boundaries of form. When viewing the curling ribbon-like wall-mounted sculpture, it can be easy to overlook the carefully calculated, spatial precision that belies its construction; there’s no doubt Haydon’s work exhibits a sense of freedom. Designed to be observed from a frontal viewpoint rather than ‘in the round’, you can rest assured that any piece by the meticulous sculptor has been subjected to the utmost attention to detail.
Available from Sanderson Contemporary Art
STAND UP/LAY DOWN by Renee So — $29,785
2014, Intarsia knitted acrylic and wool, 200 x 100cm
“These are not flat, static drawings but aerated designs with a warp and weft, tension and drift,” is the way in which Renee So’s work was once described in an interview with Frieze. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Melbourne, and currently living in London, So works largely with ceramic and wool to create her sculptural and knitted portraits — pieces that extend beyond the two-dimensional to suggest a multiplicity of lineages and styles. Her subject matter revolves around an end-of- the-century motifs; faces that are structured by browlines reminiscent of gladiator helmets, beards, boaters, pantaloons and pipes. While the origins of the characters in her intarsia knitting technique such as that of ‘Stand Up/Lay Down’ are hard to pigeon hole, elements of their garb allude to European Orientalism. The artist’s work has been described as both ‘totemic and universal’ and simultaneously of the past and the future, resulting in an ambiguous genre of oeuvre that is eclectic and enticing.
Available from Hopkinson Mossman