Author Archives: waynebarrar

Paired Topographics at Page Galleries

Paired Topographics features a selection of Wayne Barrar’s projects from 1985 to the present, using the concept of the topographic to pair works in both classic and unconventional ways.

Barrar’s earlier work emerged out of an interest in visualising and thinking about the human-modified landscape, referencing historical topographic photography and the influential American contemporary exhibition New Topographics. While his more recent projects have engaged with nature at other levels, including via issues such as biotechnology and within the realms of science, the topographic has been an ongoing interest in his work.

Paired Topographics runs at Page Galleries (42 Victoria Street, Wellington) from 13 February to 7 March 2020.

For more info, see pagegalleries.co.nz.

New Zealand Art at Te Papa

View from eroded cliff face to Palliser Bay, Wairarapa 2006 is one of the collection items discussed in New Zealand Art at Te Papa, a major new book published this month by Te Papa Press.

Edited by Mark Stocker, the book features around 270 artworks from Te Papa’s collection, with accompanying short essays by a range of writers. It’s available from bookshops, and from Te Papa’s online store.

View from eroded cliff face to Palliser Bay, Wairarapa 2006

View from eroded cliff face to Palliser Bay, Wairarapa 2006

Strangers

Work from the series An Expanding Subterra is included in Strangers, an exhibition on show at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery to 26 August 2018. Curated by James Hope, the exhibition “explores feelings of eeriness and unease, focusing on the figurative as the origin of these states.”

SCAPE and talk

In/Visible Landscapes – a suite of works from The Glass Archive – is part of SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch, 7 October-18 November 2017. The work includes a series of billboards in Hagley Park, and banner works and prints at Canterbury Museum.

Wayne will give an artist’s talk on The Glass Archive at 11am, Sunday 12 November, the Bird Hall, Canterbury Museum – further background available here.

Courtesy of SCAPE Public Art

Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht International Photofestival 2017 have a selection of images from The Glass Archive in their exhibition NUCLEUS: Imagining Science – Groningen, The Netherlands, 22 Oct-26 Nov 2017.

A sample of works by eight of the photographers included in the exhibition can be viewed here.

Wayne Barrar, Strew from North German Coast (brackish), from an NBS slide c.1960 (Photographed in 2015)