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The Birds and the Bees

26 May 2006

The Birds and the Bees

From the natural world to the facts of life, four Auckland photographers investigate associations to The Birds and the Bees in an exhibition at the Artstation Gallery from 7 until 24 June 2006.

The Birds and the Bees portrays a breadth of interpretations, as the photographers attach human states of being such as joy, sorrow, growth and death to this well-known phrase:

- Karen Crisp photographs exotic and invasive plants, investigating the unsettling qualities that can be present in these environments

- Paul Pachter portrays the immediate landscape of his garden of 20 years, expressing aspects of his personal history

- Isabella Pachter collects images of preserved and mounted animals and nature scenes to create collages that comment on the portrayal of nature in the west

- Kellie Gray explores the nature of existence and questions our individual realities using digital stills captured from hours of video tape.

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2006, this exhibition features a range of photographic approaches, encompassing 'pure' large format photography, pinhole photography, manipulated and re-photographed images, and digital stills capture.

The artists will discuss their work in a public floor talk at the gallery on Saturday 17 June 2006 at 1pm.

'Songs for the Garden', live ambient sound works by Paul Pachter also accompany the show from midday on Saturday 17 and 24 June 2006.

The Birds and the Bees exhibition information: Artists: Karen Crisp, Kellie Gray, Isabella Pachter, Paul Pachter Exhibition: 7 - 24 June 2006 Opening: 5 - 7pm, Tuesday 6 June 2006 Artists' Talk: 1pm, Saturday 17 June 2006

Artstation, Auckland City's community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link's 'Artstation' bus stop right outside.


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