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Open Window opens out Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Open Window opens out Govett-Brewster Art Gallery


Clare Noonan’s
Search for other half 2006
Clare Noonan’s Search for other half 2006


Media Release

May 14, 2008
Open Window opens out Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Visible from the street and accessible anytime, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s front window space is the site of a new series of contemporary art projects.

Open Window, will feature a range of emerging artists offering art that engages with the commercial nature of the shop-front window and the attributes particular to window gazing.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says Open Window was conceived to bring new art from throughout the country to the community in fresh and engaging ways.

“One of our many aims is to extend the gallery’s reach and encourage audiences to engage with art outside of the traditional museum context. This new series offers 24/7 street access to contemporary art.”

This month’s artist featuring in the space is Wellington-based artist Clare Noonan.

Noonan’s work Search for other half sits at the edge of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the sole occupant of the space, and continuously signals out to those passing by.

“This miniature lighthouse literally acts as a subtle beacon for the gallery, however we are left to ponder what the emitted communication is or for whom it is intended,” says Assistant Curator Melanie Oliver.

Oliver says Search for other half also gestures towards other more curious quests in life. “It offers guidance for a raft of mysterious searches, including that which we struggle with most frequently – the hope and crusade to locate one another.”

Noonan completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2003 and has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries throughout New Zealand, including The Christchurch Art Gallery and The Physics Room in Christchurch, and Artspace in Auckland.
Search for other half will be exhibited until May 28.


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