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Simple matters by John Ward Knox

October 1 2008

Simple matters by John Ward Knox

Currently transforming the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's front window space is the elegant work of John Ward Knox.

Simple matters includes several unattached wires that press against the uppermost edge of a white fabric square, holding it fast to the window face, yet still allowing for a gentle shimmer at each opening of the café door. The simplicity lends these materials elegance, the wires are delicate, almost fragile, the tension palpable.

Auckland-based artist John Ward Knox is currently studying towards an MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He is also a member of the artist-run space, Newcall (

Ward Knox works across artistic disciplines to produce work that is often indefinable. Whether dealing with the mind's little foibles or its grand and unfathomable intricacies, Ward Knox seeks to elicit both emotional and intellectual reactions from his viewers.

Curated by Assistant curator Melanie Oliver, Open window is the site of a series of contemporary art projects featuring a range of emerging artists offering art to the public 24/7. The works engage with the commercial nature of the shop-front window and the attributes particular to window gazing.

Simple Matters is the fifth installation in the Open window series and will continue until 21 October.

The work of John Ward Knox was chosen to compliment the gallery's latest exhibition Peter Robinson: Snow Ball Blind Time now showing at the gallery until November 23.


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