What's on in August

OPENS MID-AUGUST
4. 3 PAINTERS AND A PHOTOGRAPHER
19 August to 4 September
Opening event Sunday 18 August at 4pm
Artist floor talk 2pm Sunday 1 September
 
The simply named ‘4’ brings together photographer Niki Hill and three local painters – Sharon Cowley Vickers, Carole Prentice and Clare Young – in a compelling exhibition that highlights the four artists’ distinctive styles and points of view.  While Carole and Sharon both explore personal history, their approach differs. Carole’s series of small paintings on recycled platters are a ‘wink to the past’, to her childhood stamping ground along the Tamaki River and around Maungarei/Mt Wellington. Sharon’s portraits of her parents within landscapes use details of clothing to reimagine past experiences and relationships with family. Clare’s ‘Mappa Mundi’ series explores her ongoing interest in landscape as a fluid space where she can ‘observe relations between past and present, order and disorder, presence and absence, culture and nature’. ‘Plato’s Paradox’, Niki’s thought-provoking collection of shrouded figures set against a black background, conjure alienated beings in darkness. They relate to her experience as the mother of a child born with cerebral palsy in a largely ableist society that discriminates against those with disabilities and their families.

STILL ON
ONE SQUARE MEAL
Open daily till 14 August
 
Four mid-career women artists share four different visions in a group show that variously explores subversive archetypes and mind monsters; the formal properties of line, colour and pattern; and the techniques of digital coercion. Exhibiting until mid-August are Jacqueline Macleod, Anne Riethmaier, Jeantine Pulsford and Johanna Goodwin.

CLOSES MID-MONTH
CROSS THE RIVER
Runs until 14 August

The gallery’s Chinese arts co-ordinator Miao Xu celebrates Qixi, Chinese Valentine’s Day, by curating an impressive collection of portraits and figurative works from 16 mostly emerging artists, that speak to communication between people and cultures. They explore both the obstacles that prevent understanding and the aids that facilitate it.

IN THE WINDOWS
BOWL-A-RAMA
24/7 until 23 August
 
Martin Ward ‘discovered’ potting a few years ago and it quickly became an obsession. His exhibition of ceramic bowls in Northart's window gallery is his second in as many years. Self-taught as an artist, Martin works from his Birkdale studio, where he particularly enjoys pushing the boundaries of the medium and experimenting with different and unusual clays and glazes.

SOLO SHOW
FADING LIGHT: HILLARY WEEKS
19 August to 4 September
Opening event Sunday 18 August at 4pm
 
Retired doctor Hillary Weeks showcases her love of animals in her new solo show, and a deep concern for species on the brink of extinction. “So many wild animals are rapidly fading from view, and cannot speak for themselves. They speak to me, the artist, with their eyes … and so my paintings are but simple sketches in muted colours and indistinct lines.”

BOB DRAKE
ORIGINATING ELEMENTS
19 August to 4 September
Opening event Sunday 18 August at 4pm
 
Successful draughtsperson and designer Bob Drake has used retirement to further his exploration of painterly concerns relating to modernism. His latest meditative collection of works focuses on the basic symbolism of the circle, triangle and square. With the colours red, yellow and blue, Drake uses these shapes to represent the three energies, required to be present, for all manifestations in the Universe.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.

The galleries will be closed 15 August until 4pm on Sunday 18 August, for the installation of new shows.