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Painting problems: the work of Julian Dashper

For immediate release JULY 2006

Painting problems: the work of Julian Dashper 1990-2006

14th August – 8th October 2006

Whangarei Art Museum Te Wharetaonga o Whangarei is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition entitled Painting problems: the work of Julian Dashper 1990-2006. This exhibition surveys selected works by well known artist Julian Dashper that examine many of the ongoing critical issues inherent to painting today. Dashper has a long-standing interest in painting as an actual subject for making art as well as an international reputation for his work in this area. The exhibition will include works in a diverse range of mediums such as wool, wood, sound, paint on canvas, rabbit skin size on French linen and polycarbonate.

An illustrated publication (being released post opening) will accompany the exhibition, featuring a recent interview text between Auckland based writer Mark Kirby and Dashper, discussing Dashper’s highly particular and sometimes strangely unorthodox painting practice. Kirby has written extensively on Dashper’s work in the past, most recently in a text entitled `Dashper again and again’ for a survey exhibition of the same name he curated at the Aratoi Museum in Wairarapa earlier this year.

Julian Dashper and Mark Kirby will present a floor talk in the museum in Whangarei on Sunday 13th August at 2.00 pm. All are welcome to attend this presentation as well as the opening to the public at 3.00 pm afterwards.

Julian Dashper, who last showed in Whangarei in 1988 at the North Gallery, is well known to New Zealand audiences through his regular exhibitions in this country since 1980. Dashper has also shown widely in Australia, throughout Europe and in America since 1992. In 2001 he was based in America as an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas funded by a senior Fulbright fellowship. His work from the last 25 years is currently the subject of a major touring retrospective in the U.S.A, the first such exhibition ever for a New Zealand based artist Dashper continues to live and work in Auckland where he was born in 1960.

The exhibition closes to the public on Sunday 8th October 2006.
Admission by donation/koha. Tour and school groups welcome by arrangement.


Concurrent to the Julian Dashper show, the Whangarei Art Museum presents:

14th August – 8th October 2006

Drawings from WAM, Fletcher Trust, and private collections.

The earliest known example of the human creative desire to draw was recently discovered in a cave near Angouleme in France. It is a portrait 27,000 years old.

Drawing has been primary to the creative process for painters, designers, architects, sculptors, city planners and surveyors for thousands of years. It has been proved to be primal to the expression of human inspiration since its discovery of the cave Para Matchitt, The Bull, 1964. Collection of the
paintings at Lascaux and this most Whangarei Art Museum.
recent discovery in France.
Whangarei Art Museum has been acquiring drawings by acquisitions and gifts for the past decade. This exhibition ‘draws’ on this collection and interprets it with the new found primacy of drawing in post-modern art in New Zealand.

Walk the Line includes artists: Eric Lee Johnson
Louise Henderson
Toss Woollaston
Adele Younghusband
Chris Booth
Seraphine Pick
John Reynolds
Philip Trusttum
Tony Fomison
Ralph Hotere
Geoff Thornley
Para Matchitt

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