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Fresh, local and utterly compelling contemporary art

Andrew Beck, Dissipative Structure 1, 2018. Silver gelatin print. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland.
Annie Mackenzie, Detail of handweaving, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Dave Marshall, Father, Son and Holy Ghost (detail), 2018, Milk, seashells, clays and charcoal on board. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Deanna Dowling, Research Image, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Hīnaki [detail] 2018 oxidised copper. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
A theatre built in a disused swimming pool, intricate weaving, the utopian ideals of community, dissected photography and the cyclical nature of architecture are all on display in The Dowse Art Museum


SOLO 2018 showcases new art by local artists: Andrew Beck, Deanna Dowling, Sonya Lacey, Dave Marshall, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson and Annie McKenzie.  With projects that span photography, film, painting, weaving and sculpture this exhibition will bring together diverse voices, art forms and points of view to create a snapshot of contemporary art in the Wellington region.


Senior Curator, Melanie Oliver said, “This biennial exhibition celebrates the compelling voices of today’s art world and is one of the ways The Dowse nurtures our artistic community.  The Dowse is dedicated to the success and sustainability of art in our region and SOLO allows us to provide opportunities and resources for our local practitioners.”


Each artist in SOLO 2018 is commissioned and supported by The Dowse to create a fresh project especially for the show. Since the series began in 2012 it has featured a range of artists including Matt Hunt, Cat Auburn, Ann Shelton and Ben Buchanan, (2012) Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Samin Son, Moniek Schrijer, (2014) Crystal Chain Gang (Leanne Williams and Jim Dennison), Karl Fritsch, Neil Pardington, Jordana Bragg, Erica van Zon (2016).


The work on display is guaranteed to spark conversation and debate amongst visitors.  From the importance of social supports for industrial communities, to indigenous innovation, each work asks audiences to consider issues of sustainability, how we make things and live together.


For more information, interview requests or images, please contact
Melanie Oliver, Senior Curator ǀ 04 560 1474


Contact details: 
Melanie Oliver

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The Dowse Art Museum

4 Sep 2018