Gallery Letter#41 (11 September 2015), from McNamara Gallery Photography:

‘Following our September 2015 exhibition we are closing our Wicksteed Street exhibition space.
Our gallery office, print & book store, and print viewing [by appointment] will operate from 3 Rees Street, Whanganui.

Our gallery focus, in this our 14th year, is on outreach exhibitions, print viewings, on-line exhibition postings, catalogue & book sales, and as a resource for the medium of photography.

Our revised gallery contact details, and city visits itinerary, are published on our website Information page to facilitate client/curator appointment-based meetings and print viewings.

We are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice, both materially [the photographic object] and conceptually. To date, we have exhibited the work of 113 photographers.

Our resource functions include: consultation [AIPAD member], research, publications, public presentations, public gallery curator assistance/facilitating loans, and private viewing of photographs & publications. Included in our outreach exhibitions are 30 in public galleries.

We are also an image resource for publications and book/CD covers. Our image library is much more extensive than those posted on our website Artists page.’  Paul McNamara


McNamara Gallery 
Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed Street
Whanganui 4500
New Zealand
AIPAD member
*06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059
www.mcnamara.co.nz

New address/phone change effective  26 September 2015:
3 Rees Street, Whanganui 4500
ph 06 345 8466

Mark Adams, Clevedon garden_1978_ George Brown

 

MARK  ADAMS

Clevedon garden, 1978 – George Brown / Ihaka Paraone

September 4 – 25* 2015
Reception with Mark Adams, 5.30pm Friday 4th September

1978 images of a domestic garden, in Clevedon, which was full of carvings by George Brown / Ihaka Paraone.They stand in an unfamiliar relationship to the received assumptions about the carving ‘traditions’ and the carving histories as they have presented to the NZ public thus far.

The photographer says: “Looking at George’s garden with its Arawa whakapapa of carved stories, including the migration tradition, I saw Pakeha me standing there looking at and PAST those works to their context. An isolated farm house on a dairy farm where George lived alone, his family having moved into town.”

Earlier work by this photographer can be viewed here

This exhibition leads into our next touring out-reach exhibition: Celebrating Wood: back to the future; photographs by Laurence Aberhart accompanied by university & museum collection items, and scientific exhibits, selected by the host venues in response to the photographs.

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

 

Laurence Aberhart_To The Fallen_McNamara Gallery

LAURENCE  ABERHART

To The Fallen

May 8 – 29  2015

As a photographer Laurence Aberhart builds catalogues. He returns to certain subjects repeatedly, recording the world near to him as well as far from home. Included in his catalogue is a long study of the monumental, in particular war memorials, giving form to communal experience of loss and grief.

Aberhart chooses a process of stillness, an extended measure of moments over which light acts upon a prepared surface. There is a special sense of light in Aberhart’s work, never entirely of the now. Light is both still and moving, captured and yet the vehicle for a still-flickering sense of loss.

Extracts from Geraldine Barlow’s May 2012 essay: Laurence Aberhart Monumental
Geraldine Barlow is Curatorial Manager of International Art., Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

To see further works by this photographer click here

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

 

James K. Lowe _McNamara Gallery 2015.

JAMES K. LOWE

Return To The Soil

 March 6 – 27* 2015

Reception with James K. Lowe 5.30 pm Friday 6th March.
Click here  to see earlier work by this photographer

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

 

Greta Anderson Day for Night Stills - The Members

GRETA  ANDERSON

Day for night stills for ‘The Members’ a film about a benign cult located west of a city in NZ

February 6–27* 2015

Reception with Greta Anderson 5.30 pm Friday 6th February

Click here to see earlier work by this photographer

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

The topic of Internationalism with regards to  NZ photography, comes up for comment every so often.  Below are notes compiled by Paul McNamara (McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui), as part of his 2011 presention at Art Lounge, Auckland Art Gallery highlighting aspects of Internationalism – the off-shore exhibition and collection of NZ photography. Our thanks to Paul for allowing us to share this information.

 

The Exhibition & Collection of NZ Photography Nationally & Internationally

Auckland Festival of Photography
Art Lounge Sessions
Sunday 5 June 2011 • 1pm

NZ PHOTOGRAPHERS EXHIBITING INTERNATIONALLY
&
COLLECTIONS HOLDING THEIR WORK

 

Looking at the experiences of 19 artists, 8 of whom have off-shore dealer representation and 14 have work in off-shore public collections in: Australia, New Caledonia, Taiwan, Macau, USA, UK, Holland, France & Spain

The selection ‘mechanisms’ involved in these exhibitions are no doubt many and varied, but one anticipates the work is subjected to robust critical debate; that it participates in the international discourse.
It appears that artists who work in tertiary institutions [artist as academic/teacher] are particularly well placed to exhibit internationally as their institutions liaise with off-shore curators and galleries    [- including university galleries].

This factor may give some bias with regard to the type of work shown internationally [e.g. research –/project-based work]. As apposed to social documentary, street photography, architectural, staged etc.
However non-teaching artists Aberhart [1], Adams [5], Cauchi [1], Peryer [1] have also exhibited at university galleries.
I suspect most of these off-shore exhibitions are curated from outside NZ.

Australian photography Centres have exhibited: Aberhart, Adams, Crowley, Henderson, Noble [2], Robertson, Shelton and Tocher.

As you will appreciate from the detail below, off-shore galleries acquire NZ work.
However, one suspects the reverse applies infrequently, namely the acquisition of international work by NZ public collections, apart from the Chartwell Trust. [A private trust collecting a diverse range of contemporary New Zealand and Australian art – Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson]

Read more here: Paul McNamara LECTURE – Internationalism AFP 2011 (pdf)

 


 

McNamara Gallery Photography  opened 25th January 2002, and exhibits New Zealand, selected Pacific Rim & International, photographically-based art. They are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice, both materially and conceptually.

Visit their Exhibitions page where all exhibitions, including  out-reach exhibitions [29 so far] in blue ink can be found.  Denoted in the listing [via*]  are various genres, and also aspects of materiality [photograph type].

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

 

Whanganui UCOL’s Quay School of the Arts is eagerly seeking entries for its biennial Alternatives photographic exhibition.

In past years the exhibition has attracted works by artists and photographers from Japan, the United States, Europe and New Zealand, including students and faculty from the Quay School of the Arts and the Graphic Design School.

Those works have represented a wide range of photographic explorations including pinhole camera images, plastic Holga cameras photographs and a sampling of various antique processes such as VanDyke Brown and Cyanotype, as well as contemporary digital applications, printmaking and sculptural works with photographic aspects.

Entries close on Thursday 15 May, 2014. Contributors are asked to send three to five examples (jpeg less than 1Mb) to r.dibert@ucol.ac.nz, with titles, size, medium and a short explanation. Work is hung, unframed from plastic tabs. No fee this year.

The exhibition will open Wednesday 16 July at 5.00 pm at the Edith Gallery on the Whanganui campus and all are invited.

For further information contact Rita Dibert at rjdibert@paradise.net.nz or r.dibert@ucol.ac.nz.

alternatives entry copy

PAUL JOHNS

Christchurch likes to call itself “most English city.”

Akaroa 30. 09. 2012
Akaroa Protected 30. 9. 11 Buckland

March 7-28* 2014

Reception 5.30 pm Friday 7th March

Click here to see earlier work by this photographer

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

FLORA PHOTOGRAPHICA AOTEAROA

January 30th, 2014


Greta Anderson Day for night, Ngahue Cresent (Hydrangea), 2013

FLORA PHOTOGRAPHICA AOTEAROA

Laurence Aberhart Greta Anderson Wayne Barrar Janet Bayly Andrew Beck Gary Blackman Rhondda Bosworth Joyce Campbell Ben Cauchi Max Coolahan [1918-1985] Lisa Crowley Derek Henderson Frank Hofmann [1916-1989] John Johns [1924-1999] Ian Macdonald Anne Noble Richard Orjis Fiona Pardington Peter Peryer Haruhiko Sameshima C. Brian Smith

An exhibition from McNamara Gallery Photography

February 12 – March 21
10 am – 3 pm Wednesday – Friday
Hosted by Maggie Barry ONZM, MP for North Shore
Bowen House Exhibition Space at Parliament, 70/84 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Art focus tours at Parliament are scheduled during the Festival of the Arts in Wellington
at 1.30pm on 24/25/26/27 February. Bookings are required. The tours will visit the Flora Photographica Aotearoa exhibition and other areas in the Parliamentary precinct to view art from the Parliamentary Collection. For more information email Art@parliament.govt.nz

May 24 – June 12
Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland
Guest speaker: Saturday 31st May at 2pm, Ann Elias, Associate Professor, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

June 20 – July – August 29
McNamara Gallery Photography, Wanganui

‘Flowers, in art, are usually less innocent and more complicated than might be imagined…’ [1]
They ‘…are privileged objects of the imagination not because they are the most beautiful but because they are the most imaginable.’ [2]. From its beginning photography has engaged with science and developed a special relationship with flower motifs. Images of the great variety of different plant and flower species serve as a ‘substitute’ for the traditional herbarium.

Photographers’ frame our indigenous and exotic botanical world, depicting isolated specimens or plant groupings, both arranged and in the natural environment. Repeating themes are formalism, repetition, lyricism, symbolism and metaphor; including subjects anthropomorphized through photography, and traditional notions associated with the flower as a marker for the transience, ambivalence and beauty of human existence. Expanding this aspect ‘…the uncompromised beauty of the flowers, which never perishes, their concept and identity as objects of beauty remain intact, eternal, despite their imminent fate.’ [3].

In this changing world, our physical co-dependence on plants, and their environment, is becoming increasingly evident; emphasizing the connectedness of all things.

[1] Elaine Scarry, ‘Imagining Flowers: Perceptual mimesis (particularly delphinium)’, Representations, No.57,
Winter 1997, p 94

[2] Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Independent, 1992

[3] Jiang Zhi, ‘Love Letters’ photography-now.com 31.5,12

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz

RHONDDA BOSWORTH

Booklet 1

February 7-28* 2014
Reception with Rhondda Bosworth 5.30 pm Friday 7th February

Click here to see earlier work by this photographer

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 mcnamaraphotogal@xtra.co.nz
www.mcnamara.co.nz