Richard Lewer’s latest exhibition features a sublime series of drawings from the iconic Milford Track in New Zealand – “the classic, beautiful New Zealand that you ache for” as the artist puts it
These are drawings of the feeling of place, or home. Drawn during Melbourne’s long winter, whilst mostly incapacitated due to illness, these charcoal works are a conjuring – a reaching out to the longing that gives the artist shape. These works sit at the edge of consciousness where Lewer’s imprint meets that of the world. They are both in him and of him, with no separation. In the repetitive, charcoal mark making and the darkening grey skies, they capture, the fleeting permeable space where longing meets the longed for, and when affect finally, certainly and painfully makes contact.
Lewer’s large-scale painting New Zealand Disasters, was intended for the show but which didn’t make it to Auckland due to the COVID-19 crisis. In this painting, Lewer offers us New Zealand as seen through its ripple-inducing traumas – the Tangiwai train derailing disaster, Napier earthquake, the Wahine Ferry disaster, the Erebus plane crash, the Christchurch earthquake, and the Whakaari Volcano Eruption.
This exhibition is open by appointment. Please contact the gallery for a suitable viewing time. This exhibition can also be viewed on the gallery website. View exhibition here.
View art collector’s interview with Richard Lewer about this show here.