Shiny, shimmery show at Expressions

Last updated 11:39 12/12/2012
Embellished design: Exhibiting artist Prakash Patel with his artwork Anchor.

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A flash of paint, the gleam of gold leaf, the glimmer of a luminous surface, a shimmer of tulle, the sparkle of Swarovski crystal and the twinkle of glitter are some of the things to be seen in Expressions' latest exhibition All that Glitters.

This is a group exhibition of contemporary New Zealand art that goes beyond the glossy surface and explores the landscape of our cultural identity.

On display is a mix of different genres of artwork that all glitter and shine including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, costumes and a glitter installation.

This exhibition brings together 12 of New Zealand's top contemporary artists including Andrea Bern, Israel Tangaroa Birch, Mark Curtis, Andrea Daly, Lauren Lysaght Fran Maguire, Darcy Nicholas, Prakash Patel, Reuben Paterson, Alan Preston, Ngataiharuru Taepa and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Nationally sought artwork includes large-scale glitter paintings by Auckland artist Reuben Paterson.

Well-known for his dazzling creations in glitter and diamond dust Paterson's creations reinterpret cultural Maori motifs and patterns, merging both western and indigenous art-making.

He uses different koru, kowhaiwhai and floral designs as kaleidoscopic images, central to his heritage.

Whanganui artist Prakash Patel's artworks have been created by two very different styles of painting.

One style is a very methodical repetitive process of mark marking; each mark is made in a patterned sequence that has a slight variation to it, which gives the finished painting the illusion of woven fabric.

Other paintings are made by building up of various layers of luminous transparent paint embellished by pattern and designs.

Patel's artworks record an intimate dialogue with both his materials and processes - one that has allowed him to develop a distinctively rich and mysterious visual language.

Established artist Darcy Nicholas has a new collection of artworks on show, inspired by his 6-year-old granddaughter Ruby, which indicates a change in direction in the Nicholas's artistic practice.

Israel Birch's Golden Oriori 22 is a remarkable artwork best described as a 2D sculpture; formed on a flat surface it deceives the eye to create the optical illusion of depth.

Mark Curtis has created a glitter installation made from loose glitter, which has been fashioned to resemble a Queen Elizabeth II postage stamp celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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There are some of more opulent and extravagant ballet costumes to feast your eyes on from the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Cinderella and Wolfgang Amadeus plus artist Lauren Lysaght with her display of Swarovski crystal snakes and so much more to see.

The exhibition runs until January 13.

- Upper Hutt Leader


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