Philippa Blair, Decollage 4, 2018. Inks, acrylics, pencil on paper, 30 x 25cm. Courtesy: the artist and OrexArt, Auckland.
Strictly speaking, the word ‘abstract’ means to separate or withdraw something from something else, to separate from reality, to abstract oneself, but it can also mean something not concrete; free from representational qualities, even free from conscious thought.
The term can also be applied to art that is object, figure or landscape-based where forms have been simplified or schematised. It is likewise applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes and gestural marks, which are said to have no source at all in an external visual reality, as if such a thing is possible. Some artists have preferred terms such as concrete or non-objective art, but in practice the word abstract is used across the board and the distinction between the various forms of expression is not always obvious.
Exhibiting artists include: Philippa Blair, Matthew Browne, Kathy Barber, Tony Lane, Dylan Lind, Prakash Patel, Richard McWhannell, Glen Wolfgramm and Wes Fieldhouse.
Exhibition opens: 5:30–7:30pm Tuesday 3 December 2019