20 May 2012
made active: the chartwell show
Performance art takes up a prime position in a new exhibition concerning all things active.
The Auckland Art Gallery is on fire at present, their various exhibitions and installations having peppered our art glasses over the past few months. Made Active: The Chartwell Show is the newest exhibition to fill the confines of the gallery, with twenty five artists and seven performance artists contributing live work during a three month exhibition.
Having begun in mid April and running right through to July, the works all primarily explore the idea of action, through the work of sculpture, live performance and installation. Performance art and its place in New Zealand’s contemporary art scene is an integral part of many of the events taking place over the three month period, such as Hannah Valentine’s ‘Subservience to Ends’, an art-meets-fitness training performance piece or Finn Ferrier’s ‘The Artist’s Desk’ where one can bring a stone (yes a piece of geology) and a story to be catalogued by the artist. A refreshingly diverse collection of work that is in no way confined to the walls, Made Active is the first presentation of a multi-artist performance programme at Auckland Art Gallery since the 1970s. If you feel like disrupting your thought patterns or just need to get away from the everyday, this exhibition is well worth scheduling into your weekend agenda.
On now until July 15th 2012.
Auckland Art Gallery
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Sts
(09) 379 1349www.aucklandartgallery.com