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Fresh, local and compelling – contemporary art at the Dowse

Press Release – The Dowse Art Museum
SOLO 2018
10 November – 17 March
The Dowse Art Museum<http://dowse.org.nz/exhibitions/detail/solo-2018>

A theatre built in a disused swimming pool, intricate weaving, the utopian ideals of community, dissected photography and the cyclical nature of architecture are all on display in The Dowse Art Museum’s summer show, SOLO 2018.

SOLO 2018 showcases new art by local artists: Andrew Beck, Deanna Dowling, Sonya Lacey, Dave Marshall, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson and Annie McKenzie. With projects that span photography, film, painting, weaving and sculpture this exhibition will bring together diverse voices, art forms and points of view to create a snapshot of contemporary art in the Wellington region.

Senior Curator, Melanie Oliver said, “This biennial exhibition celebrates the compelling voices of today’s art world and is one of the ways The Dowse nurtures our artistic community. The Dowse is dedicated to the success and sustainability of art in our region and SOLO allows us to provide opportunities and resources for our local practitioners.”

Each artist in SOLO 2018 is commissioned and supported by The Dowse to create a fresh project especially for the show. Since the series began in 2012 it has featured a range of artists including Matt Hunt, Cat Auburn, Ann Shelton and Ben Buchanan, (2012) Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Samin Son, Moniek Schrijer, (2014) Crystal Chain Gang (Leanne Williams and Jim Dennison), Karl Fritsch, Neil Pardington, Jordana Bragg, Erica van Zon (2016).

The work on display is guaranteed to spark conversation and debate amongst visitors. From the importance of social supports for industrial communities, to indigenous innovation, each work asks audiences to consider issues of sustainability, how we make things and live together.

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