POTOCKI PATERSON
ART GALLERY

LEVEL 1 , UPSTAIRS
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.

CURRENT

DENNIS BLAIR

Those that are not, Yet appear to be

 Exhibiting 26th September to 26th October

17 Extraordinary oil paintings and multimedia by Dennis Blair

I’m speaking to you from the Imaginatrix; a domain outside of space and time, a domain unknown to ordinary people.

But over the centuries, exceptional human beings have learned the secret of moving between the worlds.

The Imaginatrix – it’s the land of all dreams fulfilled.

It’s larger than you can imagine. It’s a universe inside the human mind and it’s where the future is going. It is where our destiny lie; in a place where realities are made of thoughts and where the only laws are the laws of the human imagination.

This is the place that Sharmans have known of for millennia. They pass through the portals that normally are reserved for the dead souls, moving between the worlds. There’s a technology and an understanding that you can barely imagine. This is what has been kept from ordinary mankind for millennia.

This is the real secret behind the idea of magic. This is the universe in which your entire world is destined to dissolve.

Round Table

duratrans print on lightbox with transformer – allowing change in light intensity

1500mm (w) x 1200mm (h)

$9,000 NZD

Flower of Life

oil on canvas

1015mm (w) x 1015mm (h)

$2,600 NZD

Return of The King

oil on canvas

1530mm (w) x 1015mm (h)

$4,600 NZD

Heretics Don’t Get Paid

oil on canvas

760mm (w) x 1015mm (h)

$2,600 NZD

The Magician

oil on canvas

805mm (w) x 1000mm (h)

$2,600 NZD

The Upside Down

oil on canvas

755mm (w) x 1015mm (h)

$2,200 NZD

Everything is Funny Until it Happens to You

oil on canvas

1830mm (w) x 1010mm (h)

$4,200 NZD

Dennisland

The problem started with academics infiltrating the art schools and of course it only takes a few generations before they have total control and the essence of art is lost amongst the diplomas and doctorate degrees.

They convince themselves that they are true progressives, riding in the vanguard of history, the new impresarios surround themselves with others of their kind. They promote them to all the committees that are relevant to their status and expect to be promoted in their turn. Thus arose the contemporary establishment — the self-contained circle of critics and promoters, who form the backbone of our official and semi-official cultural institutions. They trade in ‘originality’, ‘transgression’ and ‘breaking new paths’. But these terms are clichés, as are the things they are used to praise. Hence the flight from cliché ends in cliché                                

Too much art is made for the market and the critics and makes no effort whatsoever at being transformative.

Art has become divorced from reality, and overtaken by the intellect. The word ‘conceptual’ – as in conceptual art – is very apposite.

Rather than a creative ‘right-brain’ pursuit, art has become an intellectual ‘left-brain’ one. In spiritual development, the conceptual mind is seen as a hindrance to overcome. Concepts are the conditioned ideas and cognitive habits we have developed through our upbringing and experience.

So in this sense much of today’s contemporary art is anti-spiritual. It reinforces the dominance of the conceptual mind. It’s designed to make us think, to shock and provoke, rather than to transform our consciousness and our relationship to the world.

This art is reverse engineered in a way, by professors who lack creative dexterity and technical mastery.

 Using formulars like Hegels Dialectic, they will devise a conclusion, then write a thesis on how they arrived there, and if time permits create a physical object to reference the theory.

In many ways this conceptual work mirrors the worst aspects of our culture, and of ego-consciousness itself – divorced from nature, narcissistic, entangled in theories and concepts, rather than in connection with the present, and the world itself.

True art is always bigger than the intellect. It stems from a mysterious transcendent source, rather than from the thinking mind.

The question is “how do we overthrow the academic elite that dictate both the virtue and value of art today and in the future?”

Dennis Blair – Artists Statement

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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 dylan@potockipaterson.co.nz

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EMAIL
potockipaterson@gmail.com
PHONE
0226943009

ADDRESS

LEVEL 1 , UPSTAIRS
41 - 47 DIXON STREET
WELLINGTON NZ

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday to Friday 11.00am to 5.30pm

Saturday 11.00am to 3.00pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

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