Month: September 2013

Painters in the Third Dimension at Nathan Homestead

Painters in the Third Dimension. Carolyn Gilbert, Kenneth Merrick, Emma Smith, Catherine Fookes. 18 July – 11 August. Nathan Homestead. The group show recently on at the Nathan Homestead (18 July to 11 August) presented a diverse and coherent body of work. Carolyn Gilbert’s photographs, Kenneth Merrick’s objects and paintings and Emma Smith’s installation combined to produce four distinctive spaces that call to one another. Catherine Fookes’ works connected object and painting. “Rena (Bay of Plenty)” evokes the stranded wreck of the container ship, perilously balanced on a reef; an environmental disaster, a monument to bad policy and the loss of innocence along New Zealand’s coast. The naïve powder blue waves lull me into an appreciation of this ungainly form, as its brown rusted and utilitarian hull protrudes physically and stylistically from the image itself. It’s a beautiful disaster. “Lucky Dip” is a bright orange square that energises the wall, shouting to another loud but balanced object. I recognise the object from the flyer. But on its plinth it becomes accessible; its worn edges tell …