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Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good

New book and exhibition profiles career of artist-designer


A new exhibition and book will celebrate the 50-year parallel careers of Roy Good as both a designer and painter. Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good will be launched at Te Uru in Titirangi, Auckland on Saturday 1 December.

Parallel Universe draws attention to Good’s pioneering work for New Zealand television from the late 1960s, alongside his early forays into modernist abstract painting, as well as featuring paintings from the last decade – a highly productive period of renewed energy and innovation.

“Roy Good has been devoutly beholden to the influence of modernism across all activities,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford. “It is the cross-disciplinary interplay between art, architecture and design that is the focus of Parallel Universe, with the history of the latter having had scant attention here in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

The exhibition highlights Good’s continuing commitment to modernism and the Bauhaus ideals that link art, architecture and design as related aesthetic endeavours. 

“It is an important priority for Te Uru that a wide range of creative endeavours are acknowledged and nurtured,” says Clifford. “A project such as this is no exception, with its weaving together of design and art history to demonstrate that there is more to modernism than the reductivist reputation it has acquired.”

Good’s designs had a high profile, says exhibition curator, Ed Hanfling. “As a designer, he was an instrumental figure in the early days of New Zealand television, creating graphics and sets for a medium with the widest possible audience. He went on to design logos not just for national events and institutions but for New Zealand’s participation in the colossal international expos that were a big thing right up until the early 1990s.”

Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good is accompanied by a generously illustrated book, authored by Hanfling with contributions by Andrew Paul Wood and Clifford. The publication features over 100 colour plates of Good's art and design, printed with vegetable-based inks on certified FSC paper stocks, section-sewn and glued with blind embossed cover features.

The exhibition opening and book launch will begin with a gallery talk from curator Ed Hanfling and artist Roy Good at 2pm on Saturday 1st December.

Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good runs at Te Uru from 1 December 2018 – 10 February 2019.


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About the artist:

Roy Good graduated from Christchurch’s Ilam School of Fine Arts in 1965, before moving to West Auckland and beginning a long association with Television New Zealand (then NZBC), where he was Head of Design from 1983-89. He exhibited his paintings at the Barry Lett Galleries in the early 1970s, then at the Petar/James Gallery in the company of other abstract artists, including Milan Mrkusich, Ian Scott, Geoff Thornley and Gordon Walters, who ambitiously pursued international standards rather than popular local subjects and styles. From the late 1980s, Good was frequently commissioned to undertake high-profile corporate design projects, including the branding for New Zealand’s Expo pavilions in 1988 and 1992, and for the sesquicentennial celebrations in 1990. Good is represented by Artis Gallery, Auckland, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch and The Diversion Gallery, Picton.


About Te Uru:

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery is West Auckland's regional gallery. Te Uru is an institution locally rooted in West Auckland but globally minded. Through our programmes, we create a world stage for art that is relevant to West Aucklanders, to put local art, artists and ideas in conversation and context with national and international developments in contemporary practice. As a destination gallery, Te Uru operates from an award-winning building in the recently re-opened Lopdell Precinct. The gallery originally opened in 1986 in the historic Lopdell House building in the heart of Titirangi, gateway to the Waitākere rain forest and en route to Auckland's famous west coast beaches. We reopened as Te Uru in 2014 in new purpose-built facilities, offering extraordinary exhibitions and spectacular views of the surrounding area. Te Uru receives core funding from the Waitākere Ranges Local Board of Auckland Council.

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About the book:

Contributors: Roy Good, Andrew Clifford, Edward Hanfling, Andrew Paul Wood
Editor: Andrew Clifford
Copy Editor: Mary Trewby
Designer: Julia Gamble Vale
Publisher: Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland
Print and production: Centurion Print, Auckland
Printed with vegetable-based inks on certified FSC paper stocks
Hardcover, 168 pages
Dimensions: 225mm x 315mm
Publication date: 1 December 2018
RRP: $95 (incl. GST)

ISBN: 978-0-473-45619-1


About the contributors:

Ed Hanfling is an art historian, critic and curator who lives in Careys Bay, Dunedin, and teaches at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. He is the author and co-author of books, articles and catalogues on significant New Zealand artists, including Roy Good, Ian Scott, Milan Mrkusich and Mervyn Williams, and has curated or co-curated exhibitions for the Gus Fisher Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery (Whanganui), Lopdell House Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Suter Gallery (Nelson) and RAMP Gallery (Hamilton).

Andrew Clifford is a curator, writer and the Director of Te Uru. He was previously Curator and Acting Director at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Art Studies, which included the Gus Fisher Gallery. He has a longstanding practice as a writer throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with his research interests spanning contemporary art, performance, new media and music. He has published essays on From Scratch, Billy Apple, Lisa Reihana, Len Lye, Sean Kerr, Reuben Paterson, and a chapter on invented instruments in Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa. He has been a judge for the Wallace Art Awards and the Walters Prize.

Andrew Paul Wood is a Christchurch-based writer, cultural critic, art historian, freelance curator and translator. He has written  for The Press (Christchurch), the New Zealand ListenerUrbisArchitecture New ZealandArt New ZealandArt News New Zealand and a host of others. Recent works include the translated selection Karl Wolfskehl: Three Worlds/Drei Welten: Selected Poems (Cold Hub Press 2016) with Friedrich Voit, and Dunediniad: A Psychogeographic Ode to Dunedin (Kilmog Press 2018). He is Art and Essays Editor for takahē magazine.

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Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

27 Nov 2018

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