2014/2015 Staff Exhibition Space
College Staff Art Exhibitions Showcased in Jack Paine Centre
Shelane Lomas. Our newest Jack Paine Centre staff member, Junior Technology and Spatial Design teacher Shelane Lomas has been the first teacher of 2015 to exhibit in the Jack Paine Centre’s Meeting Room.
Miss Lomas studied Architecture at the University of Auckland graduating in 2012, her exhibited work presents a range of outcomes developed through course projects during her studies. Miss Lomas’s design interests lie in designing architecture from the inside out, from details to form, believing beauty lies in the details. Along with ‘her inside out’ approach towards design,she utilises materials and light to create different environments within designed spaces. She believes the architect’s job is to design an experience for the occupant, ‘My architectural projects have an inward focus where the journey and experience of the occupant is the focal point.’
Miss Lomas’s exhibition has been on display for three weeks with the aim of extending both the student and teacher’s understanding of what architecture is – ‘a designed space that provides an experience for the occupant, where the exterior form, the plan and the section work in harmony.’ Miss Lomas’s exhibition also demonstrates an equal value towards pen and paper as well as a range of software as design tools in the 21st Century.
Ian Thomas. The last of Saint Kentigern College staff to exhibit in the Meeting Roomfor 2014 is Media Studies teacher, Mr Ian Thomas.
Mr Thomas’s exhibition consists of a series of six infographics that he developed as teaching tools due to the lack of educational posters as Media Studies teaching resources. The designs were created as an engaging way for students to access information helping students recognise key elements in stock characters, narrative, covers, film menu, horror and ‘The Evolution for a Media Student’ which clearly demonstrates the scaffolding of skills and pathways through Senior School.
Mr Thomas’s exhibition has generated interesting discussions surrounding film and graphic design. The exhibition has broken down moving image into a static form. It has slowed down the movement to highlight the complexity that goes into producing moving image and has done so in an informative and accessible way.
Demelza Cusens. The last exhibition in The Meeting Room for Term 3 is Head of Technology, Mrs Cusens with her display ‘Moments in between’.
The exhibition pays homage to the precursors of finished works. Mrs Cusens has presented a range of conceptual and technical ideation starting from her final year in secondary school, through her degree at Elam Fine Art School into education and the commercial projects that have run parallel. The only ‘finished’ works displayed by Cusens hang on the stair well, distanced from the images and objects which support them.
This show contains collected stimuli, test prints, print plates, doodles, sketches, working drawings, colour studies, artist proofs, maquettes, models, exemplars, planning, prototypes a works in progress. It has all been carefully selected to illustrate Cusens creative ‘there to here'. Her intention is to make visible what is often unseen: the on-going conversation a designer/ artist has with themselves and the work they produce. The stimuli, experimentation and problem solving which goes into anything a creative produces.
Discussions between staff and students around process, exploration, materials and ideation have raised important issues in creative practice as well as value and what makes a work ‘finished’.
The moments in-between starting and finishing a project and the evolution of a personal design voice.
Bernard Potter. Biology teacher and art enthusiast, Mr Bernard Potter has been exhibiting during weeks seven and eight of Term 3 in the Jack Paine Centre’s Meeting Room.
Mr Potter exhibited work from his high school education, from Year 9 through to Year 13. The body of work included highly technical and refined pencil drawings from his education in South Africa, towards a more personally relevant and equally refined body of work developed throughout senior art programmes in New Zealand. Mr Potter’s later works represent his culture and the freedom of expression he explored in his New Zealand education.
Mr Potter’s continued interest in art has led him to continue to produce art works. A large canvas work he completed recently was an opportunity for Mr Potter to reflect and reconnect with particular times in his life.
Students enjoyed making pictorial links between Mr Potter’s work and artists such as Spanish-born surrealist painter, Salvador Dali and 20th-century French painter Georges Braque, as well as seeing Mr Potter’s talents despite his professional focus towards science. Mr Potter’s love of art and nature combined with his passion and skill has enriched his understanding and appreciation for the world we live in.
Tania Westran. Art and Art History teacher Mrs Tania Westran has exhibited during weeks five and six of this term in the Jack Paine Centre’s Meeting Room. Mrs Westran’s conceptual and thought provoking installation looked to challenge ideas of patriarchy within society and the art world itself. Her work reflects her depth of knowledge of Art History, making comment to the timely debate of ‘High Art’ vs ‘Low Art’ - the art and craft movement and cultural appropriations of art and artefact. This work challenges personal and theoretical understanding of art, objectivity, quality and aesthetics.
Mrs Westran’s commitment to women’s social and political consciousness is also powerfully evident in the exhibition. The feminist tone underpinned by the physicality of the work challenges assumptions of gender roles, notions of beauty and asks the question, ‘what is art?’
Her contemporary and rich display of work has sparked in-depth discussions with students that have worked to challenge and broaden their appreciation and understanding of art, its role in society and as a vehicle for social change.
Bill Tutty. The second of the Jack Paine staff to exhibit in the Meeting Room this term was Spatial Design teacher Mr Bill Tutty.
Mr Tutty’s exhibition consisted of a series of eight turned wooden bowls he produced in the 1980’s. The collection included timbers such as swamp kauri, elm, macrocarpa, pohutukawa and rimu. Each wood proved its own temperament and challenges when working with it, the elm proving the most difficult to turn due to its close grain.
Mr Tutty’s other works also included a macrocarpa bowl that was made from a tree that toppled over during Cyclone Bola that hit Auckland in 1987. His interest in wood turning has seen direct links to his classroom practice sparking discussions surrounding the importance of environmental connections with design outcomes, whether conceptual or through materials themselves.
Victoria Sword. Exhibiting during the first two weeks of Term 3 in the Jack Paine Centre’s Meeting Room was painting and printmaking artworks by College Art Teacher, Ms Victoria Sword. Her exhibition also included a sample of her work across photography and contemporary jewellery practice. Ms Sword received a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking from the University of Canterbury. Her work has since covered a range of disciplines additionally comprising public installations, abstract film and most recently jewellery.
Ms Sword’s interests are in the everyday, whether it is natural occurrences or man-made structures. By representing these subjects using a range of art mediums, Ms Sword says we are forced to stop, question and consider our environment in a different light. The photographic works displayed in the Meeting Roomwere a documentation of the public projection of her abstract films in 2011, and generated student discussions about how images are constructed by considering abstract imagery in photographic forms.
The links made between the photographic work and Ms Sword’s current jewellery were of a formal nature. Colour, form and scale provided strong visual connections whilst thematic links were made through the use of found objects, such as sanded Perspex off-cuts and retro kitchen veneer layered into kinetic forms, rotating when worn. Ms Sword says these contemporary pieces challenge form versus function and question notions of value, by using found materials.
Motu Samaeli. Head of Spatial Design and Art, Mr Motu Samaeli’s show ‘Open’ is a culmination of his interests in art, music and space presented as a response to the modern world.
Mr Samaeli’s intention is to express through art, music and design a desire for reducing back to the essence of things. ‘Open’ takes the different sensory modes down a similar path of reduction and simplicity – and to pause – in order to engender a space and time for reflection and re-acquaintance with the essence of things.
‘My art has always been concerned with expressions of a minimalist sensibility. And through this endeavour, I have come to realise that through reduction what is actually revealed is greater complexity. Complexity through a sharper tuning into the qualities of detail in itself as well as through the revelation of deeper layers of intention and meaning.’ ‘German-born architect and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is certainly right in saying ‘Less is more’, he says.
‘Open’ provokes a scrutiny of this concept through its wide collection of quotations, references and philosophies, to form a milestone point in an accumulated understanding of all that is associated to the notion of minimalism. There are broader lessons in life, as well as art, to be had here too. Students and staff have been utilising this space to pause, reflect and consider.
Susanna Pattison. Another Meeting Room exhibition presented by Jack Paine Centre staff is from Food Technology teacher Susanna Pattison.
Owner and proprietor of City Cake Company, Mrs Pattison’s creative practice is based on the art of sourcing ingredients for the creation and enjoyment of food. Pattison’s passion for food and education continually challenges the ideals and day to day expectations of food and its presentation and delivery.
Throughout history, food has been used to tempt us towards social gestures, to celebrate opportunities and to indulge into the unknown. Mrs Pattison’s exhibition presented the opportunity to celebrate each day of her exhibition at Saint Kentigern College with a different cake every day for 8 days!
The tempting exhibition invited students, teachers and visitors to the College to go to The Meeting Room which was opened at random intervals for exactly 40 minutes each day. During this time the confection that was on display was offered to the first twelve visitors to the room, each recipient was documented with a photograph to record this exchange.
Christopher Ashforth. The first Meeting Room exhibition of Term 2 presented by Jack Paine Centre staff was from Photography teacher, Mr Christopher Ashforth.
Mr Ashforth completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology, majoring in Sculpture.
His artworks explore his interest in semi-permanent structures and spatial relationships.
Mr Ashforth’s practice largely incorporates an element of time, producing artworks within certain environmental and physical constraints.
His exhibition, titled ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ alludes to childhood memories of time spent in Singapore, constructing forts with his family’s discarded moving boxes.
The interactive exhibition has demonstrated a playful approach to the communication of an idea. Students, staff and visitors to the Jack Paine Centre have enjoyed exploring the constructed space.
Mr James Wakelin. In the last weeks of Term 1, The Meeting Room in the College Jack Paine Centre exhibited a variety of works from Art Teacher, Mr James Wakelin.
Mr Wakelin has pursued a lifelong passion for images and illustration. After completing his Post Graduate MA in Design, specialising in sequential narrative and Illustration, Mr Wakelin went on to work as a commercial freelance illustrator. The works displayed in the Meeting Room were a collection of his personal expressions and experimentations, using media that ranged from 3D construction with wood and found objects, to extremely technical realist painting.
Mr Wakelin’s exhibition highlighted the diversity of his talents and range of practical applications in design. His work impressed staff and students alike and encouraged senior students working within the Jack Paine Centre to explore a variety of approaches to their individual creative practices.
Mrs Julie Pearson. Technology teacher the second of the Jack Paine staff to exhibit in the Meeting Room.
Mrs Pearson has been interested in natural dyes and cloth for many years, experimenting with lichen and hand spun wool. This interest has developed to combine her passion for eco-dying with her love for hand sewing; the results are simple handmade, no waste garments. Interesting colours and marks are achieved using leaves and bark on undyed silk and
As a strong advocate of re-using, recycling and remodelling, Mrs Pearson’s exhibition highlights her attitude towards our natural resources, personal and global consumption. Through her work, this sparked discussions focused around the environment, textile waste, toxic chemical dyes and creative solutions to these problems.
Mrs Susan Wells. Art and Textiles Design Teacher at the College, was the first of Jack Paine Centre staff to exhibit her artwork in a recent new initiative in the ‘Meeting Room’. The exhibitions are to be run throughout the year and intend to challenge and expand both student and staff understanding of art, design and creative thinking, and to provoke a discussion or reflection.
Mrs Wells show, ‘All the love repaid in full’ was well received. Her exhibits included jewellery, ceramics, paintings and embroidery which highlighted her diverse practice. Also showcased was an extensive collection of her work that included research material from her study at Elam School of Fine Arts, an impressive Collaborative Stitching Project involving 275 crafts-people and some new artwork which she is currently working on.
Mrs Wells says she comes from a family of creative people, her mother has been a seamstress since the age of 14 and her father is a jeweller. Craft for her, she says, is ‘a way of thinking through making’, a process, an attitude and a slightly different approach.
‘Craft is empowering, it reveals processes and other elements of making. Craft allows us to be involved with every part of production, so there is a sense of personal power in making the crafted objects, but more than that, craft is empowering within communities,’ she says.
The Collaborative Stitching Project included 273 women and two men from across New Zealand contributing their cross stitched piece to Mrs Well’s artwork vision. She was assisted from Thread sewing magazine in her call out to volunteers, some as far afield as Christchurch, and posted out sewing kits to those who were interested. Although based on a formula, each piece of work was individualised using the volunteers’ favourite colour, least favourite colour and placed at their chosen right angle within the square. As each panel was received back by post, Mrs Wells recorded the order and this has now been documented into a book which was on display in her exhibition. Mrs Wells says she is staying in contact with many of the volunteers, and their letters and cards to her during the creative process were also showcased.
The needlework venture, and Mrs Wells involvement in a local knitting group, Kniteratti, has raised important discussions about how craft based processes can connect and engage communities, sharing knowledge and techniques that ultimately regenerate creative ideas and thinking.