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41 – 47 DIXON STREET
Potocki Paterson regularly exhibits contemporary artists from around New Zealand. Located in the heart of Wellington’s Dixon/Cuba Street Quarter.
The well appointed stock room and exhibiting gallery floors are a welcoming experience for the discerning collector and fine art enthusiast.
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A STATE of GRACE – OPENING NIGHT 29th JANUARY from 5.30pm
SELA BRASS and LIBBY PERSICO
NZ Artists Launch Exhibition to Bring Back Grace
Two Wellington artists are presenting an exhibition to bring the concept grace back to life, using the concept as a philosophy to overcome the challenges life throws at people in times when they must deal with adversity, judgment, illness and death.
A State of Grace will run from 29 Jan – 8 Feb at Wellington’s Potocki Paterson Gallery, featuring many-layered paintings from Sela Brass of Wadestown alongside multi-hued ceramics and bronze figures of shadow and light from Island Bay’s Libbie Persico, all with grace as a central concept.
The exhibition’s theme stems from experience. Persico has recently taken over personal care of her mother, who is in a wheelchair after battling cancer for the past four years. She also lost her niece at the age of fifteen to cystic fibrosis. She says she has seen grace in the way people can face up to these sorts of devastating life events and been inspired by it as the way people can live a better life.
“Grace is not a word we use, and we need to express it. We need to bring it back,” says Persico.
“People think of it as a religious sentiment. But I connect it with the moment of dying. We often want to run away from it. But it’s a part of all our lives, and we all have to deal with it. Grace is a way to look life in the face. A state of grace is to accept life. It’s a choice.”
While her art features religious imagery such as crosses and the snake, these are used as powerful symbols of grace witnessed in life rather than religious objects.
This can also be seen in Revelation, a series of bronze faces that makes a spectrum between nearly all there and nearly all gone, intended to confront people with ideas of nothingness and being only partially here in this world, raising questions of where we begin and end.
Brass also practices grace in the face of adversity. She is regularly hospitalised due to a debilitating neuroimmune and photosensitivity condition that means she often paints in the dark, or in hospital. She says the essence of grace for her is in living a good life despite these challenges. Many of her paintings feature finding grace in isolation as a central theme.
“I consider myself fortunate. Because when else would I – a privileged white woman in her 50s living in Wadestown – have experienced what it is to be stigmatised. I don’t like it at all. But I’m blessed to experience it because when else would I have understood what it means?
“Disease can be heavily contested and stigmatised. If you have it, it infers that you have weak character. Watchers have an opinion but nothing personal at stake. In a way, the people there to help you can be a barrier. Sometimes the only thing that can get you through is practising grace.”
A lot of her painting is done in hospital, in the dark, with a torch, which means her paintings can take up to a year to paint. Brass also uses natural materials in her paintings, so a work like The Others is made up of more than 100 layers of ash and stone and pigment and paint.
Both artists say grace comes as a product of hardship, something that affects everyone no matter how close or far away we are from it. Persico says it’s not just a word, but a way of life.
“There’s so much out there that people have to deal with – and they can still have a good life.”
A State of Grace is on at Potocki Paterson Gallery, 41-47 Dixon St, Wellington from 29 Jan – 8 Feb.
H. E. R – HIDDEN EMOTIONS REVEALED
H.E.R : H i d d e n | E m o t i o n s | R e v e a l e d
Humanic emotions on the loose in this flamboyant explosion of art & costumery, delving deep into one’s inner self.
Exhibition by: CATH ROGERS
feat. Fashion Technician: ANNA VENTURE
feat. Creative Coding Technician: ALEXIA GEORGE
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Join us on OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY 14 FEB (VALENTINE’S DAY) – 6PM
EXHIBITION RUNS from: FRI 14 FEB – SAT 29 FEB 2020
Human emotions on the loose in this flamboyant explosion of art and costumery; delving deep into one’s inner self.
This exhibition is an exploration of the artists own hidden emotions, revealing insecurities that are sometimes small and insignificant or global and universal in their nature. Frivolous personal insecurities such as “does he like me?” through to global insecurities of “will the human race survive?” have manifested in this exhibition of emotional rebellion.
At a time in human history where we face exceptional challenges, people can feel insignificant and powerless. Such emotions have driven the artist to explore the flip side and create works that embody empowerment, confidence, flamboyance and rebellion.
Rebellion is the most genuine human emotional response to an imbalance of power or lack of equilibrium. These works beckon the audience to explore their own hidden emotions, to tap into the strength that comes with emotional rebellion, leading us into a future where anything is possible.
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY 14 FEB (VALENTINE’S DAY) – 6PM
One night only to see the costumes in full flight in a live FASHION SHOW
Featuring: *Model Department / *M Squad Dancers and a guest DJ
In the heart of the Cuba/ Eva St Quarter, this popular venue is available for evening hire – book launches, poetry readings and private functions. To book your event please contact email@example.com
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LEVEL 1 , UPSTAIRS
41 - 47 DIXON STREET
Tuesday to Friday 11.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday 11.00am to 3.00pm
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