Schaeffer Lemalu, Patrick Lundberg, Campbell Patterson, Kate Smith and Meagan Wyke, curated by Serena Bentley
18th Mar 2016 – 16th Apr 2016 · West Space ·
Opening: Thursday 17 March, 6-8pm
Economy brings together new and recent work by five artists based in Auckland and Melbourne. Included artists are Schaeffer Lemalu, Patrick Lundberg, Campbell Patterson, Kate Smith and Meagan Wyke. The exhibition includes abstract and semi-figurative paintings characterised by subtlety and sometimes humour. Economy also highlights the artists’ varied approaches to materiality, as evidenced in the application of paint or pigments to canvas (Smith, Wyke) and found materials (Lemalu/Lundberg/Patterson). Together, their practices intersect through a shared interest in the expanded possibilities of painting and in the creation of works defined by a certain economic incisiveness.
Serena Bentley is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based curator and arts writer.
Schaeffer Lemalu was born in Dunedin and lives and works in Auckland. He graduated with a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2005. Recent exhibitions include: Wandering fixing (with David Hofer), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2012; Crushing Error under the heel of my mind, High Street Projects, Christchurch, 2011 and Cowboys in the cool, RM, Auckland, 2010.
Patrick Lundberg was born in Stockholm and lives and works in Auckland. He graduated with a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2005 and attended the Guest Student Programme at Kungl, Konsthögskolan in Stockholm from 2011-12. Recent exhibitions include: Zero to Hero, TCB, Melbourne, 2016; GAMES III, Station, Melbourne, 2015 and An Index of Longings, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington, 2015.
Campbell Patterson was born in Portsmouth and lives and works in Auckland. He graduated with a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2006. He was awarded the Artist in Residence at McCahon House in 2015. Recent exhibitions include: Honky Tonkin’, Te Uru, Auckland, 2015; New Normal Music, Michael Lett, Auckland, 2015 and Art as a Verb, Artspace, Sydney, 2015.
Kate Smith was born in Cootamundra and lives and works in Bethungra. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) from the Australian National University, School of Art, Canberra in 2005. Recent exhibitions include: If you’re into anything, you’ll always find your own morality play, Sutton Gallery, 2014; A Country Practice, Monash University Museum of Art, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland, 2013 and Deep Privacy/Convex, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012.
Meagan Wyke was born in Moe and lives and works in Melbourne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Monash University (Gippsland Centre for Art & Design) in 2009 and with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Monash University in 2015. Recent exhibitions include: Nine Painting Presentation, The Alderman, Brunswick, 2014; Das Boot Art Fair North Melbourne as part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival; and Dights Mill (a one day exhibition at Dights Mill), Merri Creek Trail, Melbourne, 2014.