At the Edge of a Mirror

At the Edge of a Mirror
Hastings City Art Gallery

3 May 2014 – 27 July 2014


The largest exhibition space at the Hastings City Art Gallery is currently being transformed by 19 stunning two-metre-square Reuben Paterson artworks in At the Edge of a Mirror.


Careful consideration of the gallery’s unique geometry prompted Paterson to select and display works which create a kaleidoscopic analogy. Whakapapa: get down upon your knees, first produced for the Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane courtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery, is combined with works from Milford Galleries Dunedin’s immersive installation House of Rainbow.


Familiar patterns of fabric and kowhaiwhai are rescaled and recreated in Paterson’s trademark luminous glitter. Guest writer Andrew Clifford, Director of Lopdell House Gallery comments: “Through all these works is a continued use of pattern, not as a form of abstraction but as a reference to whakapapa, as a way to identify connections with friends, family and history through the kowhaiwhai patterns… and also the comparable use of motifs from fabric prints… as a kind of mnemonic to invoke the memory of the people who wore them. “


Vincent O’Sullivan’s poem Words at the edge of the mirror is referenced in the exhibition title. A line from the poem could easily be referring to Paterson’s resplendent paintings, which explore the qualities of light reflection and refraction: “…as navigation wrinkles bounce light ways aslant, tessellate, together and apart…”


It is a rare opportunity to experience such a large body of work by Reuben Paterson, one of New Zealand’s foremost artists. Visitors to the gallery will find this awe-inspiring exhibition a sumptuous reprieve from winter.


At the Edge of a Mirror runs until 27 July and is supported by Gow Langsford Gallery and Milford Galleries Dunedin. The Hastings City Art Gallery is open from 10am until 4.30pm 7 days and entry is free.


Kath Purchas