shelter
philippa Blair

23 June - 25 July 2020

Cloaks and constructed canvases.

Over many years Philippa Blair explored the inherent possibilities of the unstretched, folded and hanging canvas. Within the sculptural, the articulated, the encircling and opening canvases there is always a sense of there being more, always more to reveal. All can be seen as a metaphor perhaps for Blair’s artistic and personal journey.

Blair's cloaks hold the ongoing evidence of her journeys both physical and in light of recent events in the United States, almost prophetic. And then there is the journey into the heart of Shakespeare, redolent with the possibilities of tragedy and politics.

Blair's book works opened new possibilities for Blair: pages, separations, beginnings, middles, ends, the images overlapping, as in timelines, filmic sequences, or musical scores. We can view the pages as singular works, or chapters, or we can allow the events to fold over and into one another, revealing bits of the past and glimpses of the future (much as we experience music and life) the past, present, and future all seeming to flow together at times, cacophonous or rhapsodic.

Catalogue

Te Uru exhibition

Te Tuhi survey exhibition curator Mary Vavasour, 1987

Art New Zealand, Edward Hanfling "Maps, Music and Microbiology: conversations with Philippa Blair". Issue 170 (2019)

Blue Pacific (1993) book: acrylic on canvas 900 x 1060mm

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Battleground Macbeth (1986) cloak: acrylic on canvas 1830 x 1640mm

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Black Book of Hours (1991) book: acrylic on canvas 1030 x 1400mm

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Indian Summer (1993) cloak: acrylic on canvas 1500 x 1500mm

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New Year January Book (1992) book: acrylic & charcoal on canvas 1300 x 920mm

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Tarawera Cloak (1984) acrylic on canvas 1830 x 1780mm

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Pacific Blue with Nest (1993) book: acrylic on canvas 1066 x 1200mm

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Pacific Crossings (1993) cloak: acrylic on canvas 1650 x 1200mm

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Guernica Cloak (19867) acrylic on canvas 1800 x 1200mm

SOLD

USA Double Cloak (1984) cloak: acrylic on canvas 1850 x 1900mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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