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Pocket Histories

10 Feb 2018 - 13 May 2018

Imogen Taylor (detail)

Saturday 10 February 2018, 10.00am - Sunday 13 May 2018, 4.30pm

  • Exhibition runs from 10 Feb - 13 May
  • Opening: Sat 10 Feb, 4pm-6pm
  • Gallery Hours: Daily, 10am-4.30pm

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

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Modernism, a slippery art historical trajectory to describe, could most simply be understood as a path away from representation. As a series of philosophical positions, though, modernism could also be thought of as a committed desire to break with tradition in order to herald in new ideas and disrupt entrenched hierarchies.

Pocket Histories brings together artists who are interested in both understandings. In this exhibition — developed in collaboration between artist and McCahon House alumnus Imogen Taylor and curator Ioana Gordon-Smith — artists sample pockets of modernism to reevaluate our understandings of ‘high’ or ‘good’ art, as well as alternative principles for living.

Pulling upon various threads of modernist histories – from the influence of the decorative arts to utopian ideals – the works share not only an interest in geometry but also the potential of anachronism as a strategy for recalling alternative positions that are possible in the here and now.

Featuring work by Vita Cochran, Imogen Taylor and Isobel Thom.