An inspirational journey

18:50, Feb 25 2013

The latest exhibition in Real Tart's Upper Gallery in New Plymouth this month is Past and Present.

It is Anna Korver and Steve Molloy's first official joint exhibition, and includes older and newer works that describe the journey they have made together over the past eight years, which led them to Taranaki.

Both originally from the South Island, they recently opened the Korver Molloy Gallery in the old Okato cheese factory.

Korver is an award-winning New Zealand artist with a BFA in sculpture from the University of Canterbury.

She works nationally and internationally, exhibiting, attending symposiums and completing commissions. Her works are feminine in their identity and perspective, the fundamental concepts and feeling of the works inviting intimacy and personal connection.

The forms conceal complex ideas about feminine roles and the projection of the inner self through the outer form. They challenge what is traditionally female, and deconstruct the social power relationships within these roles.


Her current works are more tightly tied to the industry of construction and technology, which is seen as a male domain compared with the traditionally feminine practice of handcrafts.

Korver is a member of New Plymouth's Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society and is a trustee on the board of Eco Artists New Zealand, a charitable trust that uses funds from the sales of art to help environmental projects, specifically focusing on native species and their ecosystems.

Molloy is an award-winning New Zealand artist producing works in a variety of genres, including object and installation sculpture, photography and painting.

He exhibits in galleries throughout New Zealand and attends many national and international symposiums, and his photography has appeared in many national publications.

Photography is his preferred genre, in particular, documentary photography of wildlife, people and landscapes. His work offers an emotion to the viewer that surpasses straight documentation.

Molloy's work is uniquely defined by his process of incorporating the use of fragmentation, movement and miniaturisation as a tool to view normal scenes and objects in a slightly abstract way.

An important aspect of his photography is capturing the intended image through the lens with minimal work in post-production.

Rae van't Hof, Brenda Cash, Keven Fisher and Margaret Foley all have solo exhibitions at the Real Tart Gallery this month.

Cash has had a sellout exhibition, the proceeds of which are going to Rahotu schoolboy C J Tamaaru, who has a serious liver condition. She still has a few more works, so if you would like to support this cause and get a piece of Taranaki art, now is the time.

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