|21 April, 1997|
Wellington based and nationally acclaimed fibre artist Malcolm Harrison exhibits at the Robert McDougall Art Annex from 2 May to 1 June, 1997. His exhibition Exquisite Mysteries brings together 19 new fibre works. Harrison, who first gained his reputation as a quiltmaker, has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand as well as showing work in the United States and Europe. His work can be seen in many public and private collections and he is, indeed, no stranger to the McDougall. At the end of 1987 his exhibition of doll-like South American figures, The Family, was exhibited in the main Gallery and in 1994 he appeared in the popular group exhibition Childs Play at the McDougall Art Annex.
Rich in colour and texture, Harrisons stylised figures dance in whimsical and curious visions as his story unfolds. The luxurious textures of his embroideries take the viewer on a visual journey as each panel leads their eyes through the narrative.
Harrison sees his art as "getting away from blokes and buzzy bees..." with his approach in this traditional canvas work creating an air of intimacy and mystery.
Exquisite Mysteries leaves the kiwiana and buzzy bee cliche images at home with the
B-B-Q in the quarter acre section and explores a New Zealand psyche that has moved beyond the gumboots and pavlova. Malcolm Harrisons Exquisite Mysteries can be seen at the McDougall Art Annex from 2 May to 1 June, 1997.
ARTIST GIVES ILLUSTRATED LECTURE WITH THE EXHIBITION
At 11 a.m. on Sunday, 4 May, Malcolm Harrison will give a slide presentation in the McDougall Art Annex in the Arts Centre, just off Rolleston Avenue. Accompanied by images of his present and past work the artist will discuss this exhibition, look at some of his earlier work and discuss issues and techniques.
The Robert McDougall Art Gallery is Christchurchs public art gallery which features regularly changing exhibitions of international and New Zealand historical and contemporary art. The McDougall Art Annex is one of New Zealands leading contemporary art venues. The Robert McDougall Art Gallery is located in the Botanic Gardens, behind Canterbury Museum. The McDougall Art Annex is situated across the road in the Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard. Hours at both galleries are 10 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. daily. Guided tours are availbale on request and admission is free.