Gabrielle Amodeo and Evangeline Riddiford Graham
\\ 6th – 23rd June 2018
I have an idea for an exploded essay.
(In the Archive Room)
Something that sits between writing and object; between reading and performance; between the privacy of being a viewer or a reader and the interaction of a participant.
Essays are three-dimensional for me; I carry them in my mind and work on passages of text in my head, so the experience of writing an essay is as much in the world as it is in front of a computer screen or on a piece of paper. So I have this idea for an exploded essay that can somehow be replete with objects as well as words; that takes place throughout a space as well as in the time of reading; that allows narrative to be formed through the objects as well as via the words; that the words can be heard as well as read.
But especially, I want to write an exploded essay about unfinished work, about beginnings that went nowhere, about the constant tensions between wanting to make artwork and all the constraints that suspend the making, about the artworks I wish I’d made and never did.
So, this is an exploded essay of missed opportunities; of unfinished work; of ideas had but not acted upon. This is about the sense of missed opportunities and regrets of being an artist, ten-years after graduation.
La Belle Dame avec les Mains Vertes
Evangeline Riddiford Graham
(In the gallery space)
The future’s a disaster.
Everyone knows it’s time to get proofing.
But you, you’re out of energy to bolt down the bookshelf.
You can’t afford to renovate a carbon-neutral kitchen.
Balance the math and trash the books: you won’t ever have a house.
You little worm. Do you really think you deserve your own bedroom?
Fear not! If you can’t afford to be a part of the problem, you can still buy into the compromise. There’s still time to maximise space. Make your last-ditch dive for privacy! La Belle Dame avec les Mains Vertes offers a solution, in the shape of hand-crafted, silk-painted, made-in-New Zealand room dividers.
These light-weight, adjustable folding screens not only respond to your every civic grievance, but have it set down in writing. Please forgive the cursive: one last blast of art and crafts, for Auckland.
La Belle Dame sees your plaint, and raises it. Would you like to register a charge, or a lamentation?
She offers you RM, divided.
Thank you to Wall Fabrics, Ltd., for their generous sponsorship.