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Stonecutting by Craig McIntosh and Joe Sheehan

Exhibition  /  01 May 2015  -  31 May 2015
Published: 23.04.2015
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Intro
Both artist work with native rocks from New Zealand, althoug whit different approachs: While McIntosch's work is colorful and fragmented that remind us some kind of maps, Sheehan's proposal look like arqueological electronic objects coming from a future time capsule.

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Craig McIntosh, Joe Sheehan
Craig McIntosh’s most recent series of brooches are hand carved and fabricated from Pakohe (argillite), a material rich with metaphor for New Zealand’s cultural and natural landscape. A highly indurated sedimentary rock, hardened through intense compression and heat, Pakohe is often described as “basement rock,” as it literally represents the material New Zealand is built from and upon. Calling to mind visions of topographical maps and aerial nature photographs, McIntosh’s process channels the aesthetic and symbolic implications of his material, resulting in fractured, layered, and laminated compositions.
According to the artist: “The brooches… are abstract forms arrived at through the making process, and the associations with landscape and boundary are the result of thinking through making. When I’m working with stone I take the perspective that I am in some way are some way working with land, or can be seen as working with place, or even working possibly with here…. Landscape is a human construct, it is the way we see and interpret the physical environment. The division and breaking up of land into the idea of a system of human made spaces has shaped our environment. So for me it is therefore critical, when using stone in a contemporary jewelry context to have an understanding of both identity and boundary, jewelry can not be made concerning anything else until this is considered.”

Joe Sheehan’s series The Quick and the Dead is a collection of remote controls meticulously carved from stone.   Presented as artifacts in the style of classic typological museum display, the work takes the form of whole units and broken pieces, calling to mind futuristic archaeological documentations of contemporary culture. Arranged by similarity and type, the series poses questions about contemporary methods in museum studies, addressing notions of preservation and historiography from a global perspective. Working with New Zealand native stones such as greywacke, basalt, and argillite, Sheehan shines a light on the heavy historic symbolism of each material from a South Pacific cultural context, referencing prominent museum collections of Toki: stone adzes made by Maori and other Polynesian cultures.
In 2013, New Zealand based Curator Anna-Marie White wrote: “Within the context of museums, Toki are afforded a higher status than equivalent Pakeha material culture and regarded as evidence of an extinct way of life. Moreover the story of Pakeha culture (European New Zealand Identity) is largely defined by objects of rarity and distinctiveness, which has contributed to an ambiguous understanding of Pakeha cultural identity in comparison to Maori. The Quick and the Dead works to redress this imbalance, suggesting that everyday objects are better and more valid representations of contemporary New Zealand culture. This notion of ‘value’ is consistent with Sheehan’s larger project as an artist: to contribute museum-quality Pakeha taonga to national art discourse… By making this reference, Sheehan suggests that these sculptures exist in the tenuous space between functional object and symbolic artifact.”
 

Remarks

Artist’s Reception:  Friday 1st May 6-8 pm
Open hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Velvet da Vinci wishes to express a special thank you to Creative New Zealand for the generous support of this exhibition
Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pahoke 001, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 2.5 x .15 x 3.5. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pahoke 001, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
2.5 x .15 x 3.5
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Craig McIntosch. Brooch: Pakohe 002, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 2.75 x .25 x 2.25. Craig McIntosch
Brooch: Pakohe 002, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
2.75 x .25 x 2.25
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Craig McIntosch. Brooch: Pahoke 003, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 3.65 x .25 x 2. Craig McIntosch
Brooch: Pahoke 003, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
3.65 x .25 x 2
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 006, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 2.15 x .25 x 2.15. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 006, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
2.15 x .25 x 2.15
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 007, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 2.2 x .25 x 3.75. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 007, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
2.2 x .25 x 3.75
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 008, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 3 x .20 x 1.80. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 008, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
3 x .20 x 1.80
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 008, 2015. 3 x .20 x 1.80. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 008, 2015
3 x .20 x 1.80
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 009, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 2.15 x .30 x 2.90. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 009, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
2.15 x .30 x 2.90
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 0010, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 1.85 x .35 x 3.75. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 0010, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
1.85 x .35 x 3.75
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Craig McIntosh. Brooch: Pakohe 0010, 2015. Carved Pakohe (Argillite).. 1.85 x .35 x 3.75. Craig McIntosh
Brooch: Pakohe 0010, 2015
Carved Pakohe (Argillite).
1.85 x .35 x 3.75
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Group 2, 2015. Carved basalt.. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Group 2, 2015
Carved basalt.
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Group 3, 2015. Carved basalt.. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Group 3, 2015
Carved basalt.
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Detail 4, 2015. Carved basalt. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Detail 4, 2015
Carved basalt
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: (Group 4), 2015. Carved basalt. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: (Group 4), 2015
Carved basalt
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Detail 2, 2015. Carved greywacke. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Detail 2, 2015
Carved greywacke
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Detail 13, 2015. carved basalt. variable. Joe Sheehan
Object: Detail 13, 2015
carved basalt
variable
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Detail 1, 2015. Carved greywacke. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Detail 1, 2015
Carved greywacke
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Group 1, 2015. Greywacke, basalt, argillite. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Group 1, 2015
Greywacke, basalt, argillite
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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Joe Sheehan. Object: Group 5, 2015. Greywacke, basalt, argillite. variable. Photo by: Kallan MacLeod. From series: The Quick and the Dead. Joe Sheehan
Object: Group 5, 2015
Greywacke, basalt, argillite
variable
Photo by: Kallan MacLeod
From series: The Quick and the Dead
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