LOT23 is proud to be presenting a very special exhibition of Edward Mackenzie, to celebrate the launch of his iconographic 1980's Ata series and to showcase assemblages through which he honours Aotearoa. All welcome Friday 18th March 6pm
Celebrated artist Edward Mackenzie presents his iconographic Ata series which is available in limited numbers for the first time to the public. As well as highlighting a universal graphic language of pattern, line and colour, the designs are a study of something inherently familiar to the viewer, embracing our national identity. Playful tessellations weave diamonds, sharks-teeth checkers and visual trickery to entice and excite. Mackenzie's hand is evident in every line and corner, celebrating the materiality of the two dimensional surface as an object in itself.
We extend the opportunity to you to visit the collection and see how these works from the 1980's have given rise to Mackenzie's visual language for a significant lifetime of art.
We are also delighted to be showcasing an elegant collection of playful yet sophisticated assemblages which follow the allegorical theme that is so inherent in Edward Mackenzie's work
We look forward to seeing you at this special celebration event.
“The work comes from a particularly fertile and sensitive mind.” Jacks, Shirley. 'Piano works: Assemblages'Art New England April/May 1996.
“Edward Mackenzie, the ‘King of assemblage’ is as brilliant as ever as he combines all kinds of found material to make objects that are vivid, witty, tinged with nostalgia and invariably surprising.” T.J. McNamara The Weekend Herald 27 Sept 1998
“Another in a long line of exhibitions where Edward Mackenzie makes brilliant use of materials as diverse as bicycle seat frames, a steel rule and fence strainers.” T.J. McNamara, 'Assemblages' New Zealand Herald June 25, 2001
“Unsung genius of miniature wall-sculpture” G. O’Brien
“Solid account of sculptural practice” The Dominion New Zealand February 27, 1999
“ [Mackenzie] appreciates how things fit together - how parts from a piano or a deck of cards or blocks of wood could come together with something else to form something unlikely, beautiful and thematically cohesive." Bob Keyes. Maine Sunday Telegram August 19, 2007
“It’s gloriously obvious he loves to use both hands and brain, the ideas behind these works are completely original.” Corner, Katy. 'Concoction of Ideas' The Voice New Zealand June 22, 2000
“…then there’s that eye for the energy of shape and that ear for visual poetry.” Mark Amery, 'Board games played out' The Evening Post New Zealand April 29, 1998
“Dross really can be turned into gold.” Warwick Brown 'Another 100 N.Z. Artists' Pub.1996, Godwit, NZ.
Upcoming gigs 12 Mar - Duel EP Release Party: Edgar \\ Ashley Hughes - tickets 16 Mar - Julia Deans and band - tickets
We're super proud to present Julia Deans and her brand new band. Join Julia and band members Anna Coddington, Anji Sami (Shes So Rad, the Sami Sisters), Steve Thomas, and long-time collaborator Richie Pickard as they test drive their set for WOMAD in the LOT23 studio. The set will feature songs fresh from her long-awaited (and yet to be released) second album We Light Fire, plus a few old faves.
One night only and limited tickets!
Midnight Gallery & Forever Kings Presents
Ashley Hughes / Edgar Duel EP Release Party
Very limited tickets
Ashley Hughes and Edgar will both celebrate the release of their solo EP's with a special live performance.
Ashley Hughes - Cold Night, Dark Morning. (Release date 26.02) but for now check the single Smile
Edgar - Midnight Gallery Presents First World Problem EP
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