Catherine Manchester – View as, and Dorothy Helyer – Soundings

Catherine Manchester, Dorothy Helyer

Showing 17th April 2018 - 5th May 2018

Exhibition Information:

Catherine Manchester – View as, and Dorothy Helyer – Soundings

 

 

Catherine Manchester – View as

Editing images, altering and adjusting the view, is how we present ourselves online. My paintings are changed by the constant review of an image using computer programmes. I use editing tools that subtly alter the colours through filters and adjust contrast and tones of the photograph of the unfinished painting. I then return to the painting with new information. And with the act of painting there is constant reviewing and editing as I search for an idea, change it, or dissolve it into the background before sweeping it back into focus, to charge it with emotion or pare it down.
Phrases and terms of social media groups are loaded with powerful meanings as they drive at our desire for connectivity and meaning. We are called to action our thoughts: What’s on your mind? We are prompted to share, Search, memorialise, categorize, and to save as. These prompts are there to persuade us to act in groups and cohesively within the social media framework. I use these well-known prompts as a lead into my paintings and load them with my own meanings. What do I share? What do I save to memory? The painting “Save as” depicts a collector of shells holding up a queen conch shell. Save as refers to keeping nature intact in a sustainable environment.The title of the painting “Location history” refers to the coast, which was part of my childhood.

Another title of a painting “Report a problem” refers to the Me too campaign which spread worldwide as a movement through social media and these two friends look out to the viewer as if asking to be heard.

Active pursuit of meaning is encouraged of our online selves as we mine for meaning, sift through our own and other people’s contents, revealing personal histories. As we reveal more of ourselves on the other hand we also guard our privacy.The same thing seems to be at work subconsciously and consciously when I paint as meaning suddenly arises to be lost sometimes instantly and then to arise again. It’s as though observation changes the thing itself. Social media promotes observation, and invites inspections. A painting expresses a language of its own, saves a moment, reveals what was hidden. The observer brings to a painting an interpretation based on a different set of experiences and the original meaning of the painting is changed. In the process of painting I sift, collate, select, delete, save as, share to you to view as.

 

 

       

Dorothy Helyer – Soundings

My initial inspiration for Soundings has been a small Spanish book packed with depictions of the the wonderous undersea world. Aptly titled El Mundo Submarino (The World Under the Sea ) this book highlights species of sponge, corals and other amazing little sea creatures that have been used for therapeutic drug research. In recent times the huge threat such sea life has started to come under pressure due to pressing problems like global warming and the huge and indiscriminate use and abandonment of plastic. While these issues are important to me they are not the only reason for these paintings.

Originally these photos grabbed my attention because of interesting shapes, colours and possible textural detail. But in reality these found images provided a neutral launching pad for my paintings. The first works were detailed and somewhat literal interpretations in watercolour of particular scenarios that caught my eye. However, images after the initial depictions became more abstract and started to take on a life of their own.

 

The small circular Treasure pieces and the larger work I can’t see the wood for the trees have grown out of explorations since my exhibition Reach Out (2012) where I have attempted to capture the essence of regeneration in an organic and abstract way through the unpredictability of the painting process. Often I seem to have unconsciously and obsessively gone down the path of the organic, dendritic forms that are so crucial to the natural and biological world, amongst them tree forms, brain synapses, vascular systems, the pulmonary system and electrical charges.

 

The painting process continues to be an ongoing preoccupation for me – the unpredictability when you start with no certainty of outcome as you experiment with how the acrylic paint and mixed media react. I add paint and other media but also I’ll often submerge a layer with gesso. I veil things or I’ll take sandpaper and abrade it back a number of layers or deliberately disrupt the painting in some way. The very name of the source book – El Mundo Submarino – seems to hold meaning too…not just literally but also at a personal level. Maybe the idea of a deep mysterious sea world metaphorically parallels the unplumbed and unknown depths of our inner self?

Dorothy Helyer was born in London, England but since the age of eight has lived in New Zealand. She has always drawn and painted since childhood. Music too has played a very important role in her life. After initially completing a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Otago, Dunedin, she taught for some years before embarking on a Fine Arts degree at University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch in 1995. She completed her BFA, BFA (Hons) and finally in 2001 received her MFA (Painting) with distinction. Since then she has been a full time artist living in Christchurch, New Zealand where she works and she has exhibited nationally and internationally.

 

2018
Exhibition Program

  • 17th Apr 2018 - 5th May 2018

    Catherine Manchester – View as, and Dorothy Helyer – Soundings / Catherine Manchester, Dorothy Helyer

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  • 27th Mar 2018 - 14th Apr 2018

    Jane Barry – The Gathering Dark, Liam Dangerfield – A Bit Like, Julie Ross – Studio Tableau 2018 / Jane Barry Liam Dangerfield Julie Ross

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  • 6th Mar 2018 - 24th Mar 2018

    `Physis: Matter and Aliveness’ – Robyn Webster and `Hoopla’ – Karra Burrowes March 2018 / Kara burrowes, Robyn Webster

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  • 7th Feb 2018 - 24th Feb 2018

    Considerably Less Stressful / Gareth Brighton Thomas Hancock

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  • 23rd Jan 2018 - 3rd Feb 2018

    ANO PASCOE ” FORM IN SPACE “ / ANO PASCOE

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2017
Exhibition Program

  • 12th Dec 2017 - 22nd Dec 2017

    CHRISTMAS SEVENTEEN / Viv Kepes, Edwards + Johann, Tim Middleton, Robyn Webster, Ben Reid,Doc Ross, Ed Lust, Hamish Southcott, Liam Dangerfield, Jane Barry, Jason Gregg, Kara Burrowes, Kathy Barber, Rachael Dewhirst, Michael Springer, Natalie Sweetapple, Matt Akehurst,Rebecca Harris, Ross Gray

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  • 21st Nov 2017 - 9th Dec 2017

    Roy Good – Diamond Matrix / Roy Good

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  • 31st Oct 2017 - 18th Nov 2017

    The Doctor and the Wasp / Doc Ross Jason Greig

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  • 10th Oct 2017 - 28th Oct 2017

    PAINTBOX ROSS GRAY / ROSS GRAY

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  • 19th Sep 2017 - 7th Oct 2017

    from THE EDGE OF SPACES / EDWARDS + JOHANN

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  • 29th Aug 2017 - 16th Sep 2017

    Barry Cleavin `Wintering Over’: 2017 / Barry Cleavin

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  • 6th Aug 2017 - 26th Aug 2017

    Light / Beech at Ohau / Richard Adams, Sue Cooke

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  • 18th Jul 2017 - 5th Aug 2017

    PACIFIC RAINFOREST / FATU FEU'U

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  • 27th Jun 2017 - 15th Jul 2017

    Paradox / Hamish Southcott, Rebecca Harris

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  • 30th May 2017 - 17th Jun 2017

    Signs Of Life / Philip Trusttum

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  • 9th May 2017 - 27th May 2017

    Surface Deep – Katie Thomas / Katie Thomas

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  • 18th Apr 2017 - 6th May 2017

    Curiously Prosaic / Kara Burrowes , Liam Dangerfield

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  • 14th Mar 2017 - 25th Mar 2017

    Partial / Padraic Ryan, Karen Greenslade, Viv Kepes, Aimee Shaw, Olivia Smith, Samantha Walker

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  • 14th Feb 2017 - 4th Mar 2017

    Double Time / Ewan McDougall

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  • 24th Jan 2017 - 11th Feb 2017

    [ sic ] / Sam Clague and Gareth Brighton

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2016
Exhibition Program

  • 13th Dec 2016 - 24th Dec 2016

    Chambers Christmas Show / Rebecca Harris,Tim Middleton,Tyne Gordon, Olivia Chamberlain, Adrienne Millwood, Eion Stevens, Kara Burrowes, Simon Edwards, Jason Greig, Edwards+Johan,Ross Gray, Rachel Dewhirst

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  • 22nd Nov 2016 - 10th Dec 2016

    Grounded / Richard Adams, Jane Barry, Bronwyn Taylor

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  • 25th Oct 2016 - 12th Nov 2016

    The Goat Keepers Guide To God’s Infinite Spectrum / Jason Greig

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  • 4th Oct 2016 - 22nd Oct 2016

    The horror! The horror! / Tjalling de Vries & Scott Jackson

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  • 23rd Aug 2016 - 10th Sep 2016

    Battersea / A Group Exhibition

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  • 2nd Aug 2016 - 20th Aug 2016

    Sections, Blocks, Towers & Messages / Tony de Lautour

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  • 21st Jun 2016 - 9th Jul 2016

    Take Me Back / Rachael Dewhirst

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  • 21st Jun 2016 - 9th Jul 2016

    Lie of The Land / Simon Edwards

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  • 31st May 2016 - 18th Jun 2016

    Between The Lines / Patrick Barry

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  • 10th May 2016 - 28th May 2016

    An ABCERD Egress / Audrey Baldwin & Iain Cheesman

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  • 19th Apr 2016 - 7th May 2016

    Dance with my Father again / Dorothy Helyer

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  • 19th Apr 2016 - 7th May 2016

    Pink Sugar Bush / Rebecca Harris

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  • 22nd Mar 2016 - 27th Mar 2016

    The Madding Crowd / Stephanie McEwin

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  • 8th Mar 2016 - 19th Mar 2016

    I’m Your Fan / Julia Holden

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  • 16th Feb 2016 - 5th Mar 2016

    Nice Background / Mark Bolland

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  • 2nd Feb 2016 - 13th Feb 2016

    From The Studio / A Group Exhibition

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2015
Exhibition Program

  • 8th Dec 2015 - 24th Dec 2015

    Never Felt Better / A group exhibition

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  • 24th Nov 2015 - 5th Dec 2015

    I’ve been in search of you / Clare Callaghan

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  • 3rd Nov 2015 - 21st Nov 2015

    Show Me Something Quieter / Robin Neate

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  • 13th Oct 2015 - 31st Oct 2015

    Undercurrent / Bing Dawe & Denise Copland

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  • 1st Sep 2015 - 19th Sep 2015

    The Doctor and the Wasp / Jason Greig & Doc Ross

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  • 28th Jul 2015 - 8th Aug 2015

    Recent Paintings / Eion Stevens

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  • 28th Jul 2015 - 8th Aug 2015

    I might look confused, but i am / Tjalling de Vries

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  • 14th Jul 2015 - 18th Jul 2015

    FIGG-ER-AY-SHUN / A group exhibition

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  • 16th Jun 2015 - 11th Jul 2015

    Paper Plus / A group exhibition

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  • 27th May 2015 - 13th Jun 2015

    Leave-taking Like Air / Amber Wilson

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  • 27th May 2015 - 13th Jun 2015

    a line has two lines / Natalia Saegusa

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  • 5th May 2015 - 23rd May 2015

    Considering Daylight / Katie Thomas

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  • 21st Apr 2015 - 2nd May 2015

    Single Space / Thomas Hancock & Rachel Ratten

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  • 1st Apr 2015 - 18th Apr 2015

    Domestic Abstraction / Holly Best & Tony de Lautour

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  • 10th Mar 2015 - 28th Mar 2015

    Aveyron à la mer / Rachael Dewhirst

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  • 25th Feb 2015 - 7th Mar 2015

    The Artist’s Studio / A Group Exhibition

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  • 10th Feb 2015 - 21st Feb 2015

    Expanding Fields / Sophie Scott

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2014
Exhibition Program

  • 9th Dec 2014 - 24th Dec 2014

    Local Colour / A Group Exhibition

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  • 18th Nov 2014 - 6th Dec 2014

    Converging Lines / Roy Good & Charlotte Watson

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  • 28th Oct 2014 - 8th Nov 2014

    BATTLE LINES 235+ / Ross Gray

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  • 30th Sep 2014 - 18th Oct 2014

    Museum of the Vernacular / Nigel Brown

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  • 2nd Sep 2014 - 13th Sep 2014

    Spring Thing / A Group Exhibition

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  • 29th Jul 2014 - 16th Aug 2014

    Hexagon Monkey Puzzle / Adrienne Millwood

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  • 9th Jun 2014 - 5th Jul 2014

    It’s Not Dry Yet / A Group Painting Show

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  • 10th Feb 2014 - 22nd Feb 2014

    An Introspective (Nostalgia of a kind) / Barry Cleavin

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