it does no harm to wonder

August 7 - September 5, 2020


The book launch for Richard Reddaway's it does no harm to wonder / the body of the work was held at Jonathan Smart Gallery on the evening of 7 August. Pictured are the artist (right) and the gallerist enjoying a moment of mirth with an appreciative audience.

The following is an extract from the back cover of it does no harm to wonder...
 
"it does no harm to wonder / the body of the work reviews 35 years of art and life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Following the exhibition Richard Reddaway: the body of the work / it does no harm to wonder at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, this publication reframes, extends and at times inverts the conventions of ‘the artist’s retrospective’.

Refusing any didactic position, Richard’s art through those years sought to be present and reactive to the time and place of its making. In this mode, while circumscribed by the artist’s name, the publication has invited six writers and three designers to wonder upon the making of identity through work, art, community and family.

Framed as much as a means to look forward as back, this publication is an assemblage of parts to be looked through and even, if you choose, to make something of."

 

Accompanying works: Richard Reddaway


Zig-zag 1985/2019 - installation view


Equipment 1, 2017 - installation view



A Soldier's Arms, 2017 - installation view



Accompanying works: other artists - back gallery



Chris Heaphy - Black Bloom, 2020



Julia Morison - Segue I, 2020



Heather Straka - The Turn III, 2017



John Pule - No Ordinary Day, 2020


Details of accompanying works:
 
Chris Heaphy
Black Bloom, 2020
acrylic on linen     1200 x 900mm     $14,000
 
Julia Morison
Segue I, 2020
acrylic & varnish on canvas     2000 x 1500mm     $32,000
 
Heather Straka
The Turn III, 2017
oil on canvas     600 x 500mm framed     $7100
 
John Pule
No Ordinary Day, 2020
oil, enamel & polyeurethane on stretched canvas     1500 x 1500mm
$38,000
 
Prices are GST inclusive

 

 

Selected works