WHAT'S BEHIND THE BLACK DOOR THIS MONTH?
CALIFORNIA WATERFALL | PETER COLLIS NEW RELEASE
JOIN US FOR A LATE NIGHT NOVEMBER 5 | 5:30-7:00pm
Acclaimed New Zealand ceramicist Peter Collis has worked with clay nearly all of his life. The main focus of his work is the exploration of shape and surface.
After a recent stint living abroad in the USA, Peter Collis found new inspirations and avenues in his ceramic practise. These musings manifest in the artist's new series California Waterfall.
The title refers to that feeling one gets from standing next to a waterfall, whereby the ionisation of the water gives you a 'buzz'. As the artist describes "That was the feeling I had when living in LA and this work is a reference to that. The colours, the atmosphere and the buzz."
To announce this new series Black Door Gallery will be holding a late night on Thursday November 5:30-7:00pm. Join us for an evening of drinks and new art.
View California Waterfall here
SIMPLY IN LOVE | RAE WEST
Rae West has become known for her striking contemporary abstract paintings that use free pouring techniques in resin.
To create her distinctive lustrous resin pieces, the artist begins by preparing a marine ply surface. 24ct gold leaf sheets are then gilded onto the surface becoming a luminous ground for the work.
West then begins a process of building the resin surface. Working on the ground she free pours the resin in layers allowing each layer to dry to a perfect glass like surface before proceeding.
The X gesture is a recurring motif for the artist and has a number of interpretations and cultural connections. The X is a universal form, it implies transcendence, transformation, love and also a kiss. The subject of the ‘kiss’ or love has been interpreted by artists for centuries in a plethora of ways. For Rae West distilling this notion to its absolute essence, an X on an O, is a pure expression of a large idea.
View recent works by Rae West here
AT SEA | PHILIPPA BENTLEY
Philippa Bentley's mixed-media work explores our delicate and interwoven relationship with the natural world.
The artist has become known for her use of sea charts in her work. These charts are beautiful objects in themselves and can become a point of connection for the viewer, depicting a local geography.
Bentley incorporates the charts into her paintings and also transforms the charts into compelling 3D sculptures.
In her sculptural work the paper boat is a common motif, the paper boat conveys an image of fragility or vulnerability effectively reminding us that our seas are in need. The paper boats are adorned with paintings, prints and drawings to become arks, displayed in museum quality glass cases.
View available works by Philippa Bentley here