Current Exhibitions

Gus Fisher Gallery

The Auckland School: Celebrating the Centenary of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning The Auckland School: Celebrating the Centenary of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning

The Auckland School: Celebrating the Centenary of the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning

8 September - 4 November

Celebrating the long and rich history of teaching architecture at the University of Auckland, this centenary exhibition surveys the many lines of thought about architecture and related arts which have developed there from 1917 to the present day. With works from archives and private collections, sketches, watercolours, maps, paintings, digital presentations, as well as the expected orthographic projections and models by students and staff, the exhibition explores the sources and outcomes of teaching, and it frames the school as the site of research, speculation and radical aesthetics. 

Curated by the University of Auckland School of Architecture.

Tastes like honey Tastes like honey

Tastes like honey

8 September - 4 November

How do viewers deal with a two-dimensional picture space to make sense of its language and rhythm, or imagine the artist’s intent? How are New Zealand artists dealing with perspective while concurrently braving the abstract? These are just some of the questions being tackled by contemporary artists Cat Fooks, Grace Wright and Diane Scott. Through their diverse approaches to structuring paint on the flat picture plane, they can be linked together in their ability to break through surface tension.

Like artisan honey, the work in this show has been carefully crafted out of competing flavours: fruity, fresh and sweet, or earthy, nutty and a little bitter. Oftentimes, paint seems to have oozed onto the canvas, flowing and wrapping around itself. Sometimes forms are clearly defined; each line, dot and squiggle immediately visible to the viewer, and elsewhere shapes are cloudy or dark and opaque. Marrying these components into one exhibition, Tastes like honey celebrates and explores the sensuous possibilities of luscious paint on pictorial surface.

Curated by Jessica Douglas.