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Scott Gardiner: In and out of breath

Scott Gardiner’s practice has consistently been engaged with strategies that exploit the traditional dialogue between realism, landscape and abstraction. Characteristically involving the examination of force, light and an intensely personal relationship with the ocean, his paintings are a distillation of the ephemeral qualities of light and motion on water.

This new body of work sees Gardiner’s focus shift from the ocean’s depths to the boundaries between land and sea, like ragged lines on a map, distinguishing one world from another. This transition manifests in a series of abstract collage paintings and representational ocean-scapes seemingly rescued from beneath an archaeology of layers. The illusion of depth is contrasted by an exaggerated flatness; a comfort, safety and familiarity with the ocean, set against a backdrop of isolation and alienation.

In and out of breath was born out of both fear and discovery. It traces a line between safety and anxiety. For Gardiner, making art is a lonely and tumultuous process, akin to crossing a threshold into the unknown, with the violent act of tearing or destroying resulting in something new and beautiful.

Scott Gardiner (b.1975) graduated with a Master of Visual Arts with Honours in painting from the Auckland University of Technology. He has been a multiple finalist in the Wallace Art Awards as well as the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking and Molley Morpeth Canaday Art Awards. His work has been exhibited and is held in private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Sri Lanka and Germany, including the Sir James Wallace Arts Trust and Artbank.

Opening night: Wednesday 17 April 6-8pm.



Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm
Sundays, 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 18 April to Sunday 12 May 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019 from 6pm to 8pm



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