Remembering a friend
A retrospective featuring works by New Zealand artist Malcolm Harrison opens at Cubicle this week.
The owners of the contemporary design store on Nile St are giving money raised through the week-long show to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Harrison, who died in 2007, worked with fabrics, stitched and constructed pieces.
His major commissions include two large-scale works at Parliament House, which were completed in 1996.
Matters of Pride is the largest public artwork commissioned in New Zealand, while the wall hanging Whanaungatanga (Relationships) involved four specialist Maori weavers and more than 700 embroiderers from 52 embroidery guilds.
The work combined flax weaving and European embroidery to retell stories of New Zealand history.
Cubicle co-owner Kim Brice, who owns the shop with his partner Kirati "Gap" Thaisirisuk, said seven pieces and a book by Harrison would be on show from their private collection.
Brice struck up a friendship with Harrison at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in 1988.
Harrison was a resident artist, while Brice was studying jewellery. "We made a connection and he became a bit of a mentor. He also collected quite a lot of my jewellery," Brice said.
Harrison gifted Brice artworks over the years, including quilts and drawings, and also left him some in his will.
Brice said he wanted to make them available to others, as they had been in storage for too long.
"He was very generous and a lot of his images had quite amazing stories behind them," he said.
Brice said 30 per cent of art sales and 20 per cent of shop sales would go to NMRHT.
`They're so vital in Nelson. They save lives. We think it's a great cause to be part of," he said.
- Malcolm Harrison, Cubicle, Nile St, opens 5pm May 31 and runs until June 7.
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