Denizen: New Gallery Set to Elevate Hawke’s Bay’s International Art Scope
Not ones to overlook the cultural (and literal) fruits of Hawke’s Bay, we noticed the region welcome a promising new contemporary art project space, Parlour Projects, last month. With an outlook that is evidently international, the new gallery seeks to serve the region of Hawke’s Bay with the kind of contemporary art exhibitions that would typically be found in major cities around the country and the world. Located in Hastings’ first water and electrical power supply factory, Parlour has already inaugurated its space with an exhibition lead by New Zealand artists Ans Westra and Wayne Youle.
Segueing into its second show, Parlour has announced their upcoming solo exhibition of photographic works from Billie Culy entitled Where The Heart Is. Concerned with traditional notions of the still life arrangement and what those arrangements mean to both the maker and the audience, Culy’s practice is at once a nod to the historical, as well as an attempt to break free from these conventions. In an attempt to capture the spirit of a time and place of importance, each arrangement is informed by the physical origin of the materials. Billie’s final product is an enigmatic blend of both constructed and chance encounters with everyday materials.
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