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RM is reopening on May 28th with exhibiting artists Ryder Jones and Tanya Martusheff

Hours: Thursday and Friday 1-5pm
Saturday 12-4pm

We look forward to seeing you!


Ryder Jones

Shapes For Future Suns
May 28- June 13
Space R

     

I walk down to the beach and try to make something from nothing. Shells with moon snail holes, knotted nylon, shards of blue plastic high on the tideline, beer cans and red ribbonous seaweed, rose stalks growing though a crack in the wood, tossed magazines and felt-tipped markers. 

Or Made from my body alone, its flight and its fall.

The sun is bleeding and my hands are pricked as I weave this wreath of thorns. Back yard stinking of seaweed as I conjure your trace. I’ll try to draw the arc of my time spent in the sand. I’ll put it all in my car and drive it to this clean white room.

 

 

 

            

Tanya Martusheff

Slough
May 28- June 13
Space M

Saponification, the chemical process that forms soap, sometimes happens in unexpected places. Places where the designed intention inadvertently creates an ideal environment for material response. For example, the fat, oil, and grease build up in sewer systems also go through a process of saponification. These collectively made colossal obstructions are known as fatbergs and are dealt with on a regular basis by drainage workers. Conservationists in art museums battle an issue of metal soap formation. It causes a lumpy texture to develop under the surface of oil paintings because, over time, the oil binding reacts with the alkaline metals of certain pigments. In human body decomposition, fatty tissues react with ammonia to create what is called ‘adipocere’, a form of soap that mummifies the corpse.

Slough relates to the preventative measures taken against Covid-19 as an example of overlapping function, where the materiality of soap behaves naturally and humans benefit from sanitary habits. Soap molecules bond to fats and oils, stripping layers of dirt and dead skin cells with it. Just as our
bodies are protected with a layer of skin, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is protected by a lipid membrane. Fortunately for us, that lipid membrane is susceptible to micelles of lathered soap. These bubbles rip apart the virus effectively killing it before washing its pieces down the drain.

My practice aims to reveal the intertwining of human routine and nonhuman agency by researching and creating work with common materials that have more clout than we give them credit for. These ideas follow a philosophy of new materialism that encourage questioning of dominating anthropocentric views. Our intimate relationship to the material world means we cannot keep isolating our interests. Because the physical manifestations that confront us lay bare not just our participation, but our vulnerability in larger networks of things.

RM Gallery and Project Space
Hours
Thursday and Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

Samoa House Lane
Auckland Central 1010

We are located in the centre of Auckland, close to Karangahape Road. We are on Samoa House Lane, just off of Beresford Street -- look out for the incredible fale of Samoa House and you're nearly there.
We are  2 minutes walk from Artspace, Ivan Anthony and Michael Lett.

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