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The New Black

22 March 2006

The New Black

Artstation Gallery will look black to the future with The New Black, a group exhibition of contemporary Gothic art that runs from 4 - 22 April.

The New Black centres on issues of strength, sexuality, fantasy and the macabre as four Auckland artists examine the impact of Gothic subculture on their lives.

Rather than being an all black affair, the exhibition sets to challenge stereotypes surrounding Gothic culture, inviting viewers to re-evaluate their concept of Gothics through contemporary art.

Organiser and artist, Fern Petrie says, "Goths are often portrayed through the media as a highly destructive and detrimental social group without merit, integrity or individuality. This exhibition seeks to showcase the intelligence and creativity which is too often shunned in the portrayal of this culturally black-listed group."

The New Black exhibition includes: ● Ms Petrie's paintings, prints and sculptures which draw similarities between Gothic culture and the Victorian era ● Mary MacGregor-Reid's striking portraits, which signal her interest in the representation of strong women within Gothic subculture ● Richard Scholes' manipulated photographs which explore transitional states including order to disorder, health to decay and life to death. ● Moon Lee's graphic drawings which reflect his background as an animator and investigate how pessimism can be powerful.

The New Black: Gothic Art for the 21st Century exhibition information: Artists: Moon Lee, Mary MacGregor-Reid, Fern Petrie, Richard Scholes Exhibition: 4 - 22 April 2006 Opening: 5 to 7pm, Tuesday 4 April 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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