Waiheke Marketplace : August 10th 2011
25 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 10, 2011 NEWS Advertise your winter menu with us - call Dene on 372 9231 Dine in or takeaway OPEN 7 DAYS FOR DINNER 5PM TIL LATE LUNCH SAT & SUN MIDDAY-2PM (09) 372 2588 Fully Licensed ARTWORKS, ONEROA VINE &DINE on waiheke FUNCTION CENTRE Available For Group Bookings All Enquiries Phone 372 0046 E firstname.lastname@example.org Charlie Farley's Restaurant & Bar on the Beach 21 The Strand, Onetangi Beach - 09 372 4106 Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Tuesday to Sunday Thirsty Thursdays 3pm - 6pm "C'mon Cymru. Cwpan y Byd!" Gourmet Steakhouse & pizzeria "You can't beat Pete's Meat" The new venue for Locals at matiatia Ph 372 8543 Open from Midday Wednesday -- Sunday 10 Oceanview Road, Matiatia Face to face with the past By LYNDAL JEFFERIES The Pressure of Sunlight Falling: Fiona Pardington's new book which collects together images of life casts created in the 18th century during D'Urville's voyage of the Pacific and texts edited by Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin, Otago University Press. Photo: NEIL PARDINGTON Photographer Fiona Pardington has returned to her Waiheke home after a journey where she came face to face with her Maori ancestors. A passing comment by a Ngai Tahu historian initiated a proj- ect which led Fiona on a journey of discovery to the museums of Paris. There she discovered a collec- tion of life casts made by an eminent phrenologist, Pierre- Marie Dumoutier, who accompanied French explorer Dumont d'Urville on a voyage through the Pacific, from 1837 to 1840. It was just before the inven- tion of photography, when phrenology, the study of people's skulls, was the latest thing,'' Fiona says. The casts are precise -- each individual tattoo marking on the faces of the Maori chiefs is perfectly replicated testament to the deep grooves incised after years of repeated tattooing. I had heard of death casts before but not life casts. As a photographer I am fascinated by pre-photographic ways of recording. Seeing them was like coming face to face with my own ancestors,'' Fiona says. Renowned for her detailed large-scale photographic prints, she has photographed the casts, imbuing them with a new life through the light of her lens. For Maori, objects continue to have a spiritual life that spans generations. This ties into the traditional Maori concept of time as non- linear -- the past, present and future co-exist.'' A collection of the photo- graphs was presented at the Sydney Biennale in 2010 under the title Ahua (Likeness) to great acclaim. Fiona has just launched a photographic book of the images titled The Pressure of Sunlight Falling, at the Govett Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth. Editor of the book Kriselle Baker says: The photographs are extraordinarily beautiful, evocative and spiritually power- ful images. They recover likenesses and revive the life force of Dumoutier's subjects, eliciting our empathy and fascination with a world we can never really know.'' Fiona's past works have included images of stuffed and mounted native birds from museums and an extensive project documenting hei tiki (greenstone carvings), including the one discovered at Whakanewha Regional Park in the 1920s. Future exhibitions include photos of antique haute couture silk flowers at Jonathon Smart Gallery in Christchurch from August 12 and an exhibition titled Immortally Yours at Suite Gallery in Wellington from August 24. Images of the Barla collection of cast mushrooms will be on display at McNamara Gallery in Wanganui from September 2 and an exhibition titled Fantasm at Two Rooms Gallery in Auckland will open on Sept- ember 8. Fiona returns to Paris in October to create two more bodies of work. Exhibition collects the best of past shows Past winner: Roger Kelly will be exhibiting Waka at the gallery from Friday. An exhibition of winners, finalists and people's choice winners from major award exhibitions over the past 10 years will open at Waiheke Community Art Gallery at 6pm on Friday. During the decade award exhibitions have ranged from the annual Walker and Hall Award for two dimensional works to the Design Award with the themes of Seated, Table, Sideboard and Sun- lounger. There have also been the ceramic awards, a pho- tography award exhibition and more recently the small sculp- ture prize. There has often been a people's choice award. The new exhibition brings together work by some of the more recent award winners. Gallery director Linda Chalmers says it has taken some time to track down the artists and in some cases the detective work ended at a dead end. However, we were delighted when we received an email from Erin Wozniak, the 2004 winner of the Waiheke Art Award, who is now living in the United States, offering to send us a work for the exhi- bition.'' Ms Chalmers says many award winners have agreed to participate and visitors can expect to see design elements from Kennedy Brown, Roger Kelly and Chad Heays, two dimensional works from Rebecca Wallis, Simon Esling, Lucy Bucknall and John Roy. Participating Waiheke artists include Kazu Nakag- awa, Emma Hughes, Greg Cantwell and Toni Tanner. The Small Gallery will host the gallery's annual jewellery exhibition, this year titled Adorn. Participating artists include Nadene Carr, Kristin D'Agostino, Cath Dearsley Raewyn Walsh and Paula Thornburrow. The Annex Gallery will host a new exhibition of work by Jillian Karl who has recently come to live on Waiheke. Titled Circumstance, the works created with gesso and pigment, reference the human body, with and beyond the architectural space.
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