Shane McGrath exhibition opening next Wednesday
20 November - 7 December 2013
You are warmly invited to attend the opening
preview and to meet Shane,
Wednesday 20 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm.
Shane will be giving an artist floor talk in the gallery at 12.15pm Thursday 21 November.
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Shane McGrath, 2013, Dystopian Jungle Gym #1, ink, pencil, gouache and holy water on HP Fabriano Artistico paper, 550 x 390 mm
In this exhibition, McGrath continues his investigation of ideology, here foregrounding the utopian and dystopian oppositions at the heart of such belief systems whether religious or political. His maquettes and drawings reference the jungle gyms playgrounds of the 1950s and 60s, modernism and Soviet monumental aesthetics questioning and ultimately toppling any notion of security in such structures.
McGrath, who is perhaps best known for his public artwork in Glover Park Wellington, which has contributed to the revitalisation of the park, has spent most of the past two years in Melbourne. This year he has had two artist residencies and has recently secured a commission for a large-scale mural to be installed at Melbourne Airport in early 2014. Earlier this year, he exhibited at Blue Oyster Gallery in Dunedin and his project, which engaged with the debate surrounding a proposed hotel development, got art onto the front page of the local paper. Last year, his work was included in the Bondi Sculpture by the Sea. McGrath completed a Master of Fine Arts at Massey University Wellington in 2009.