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1. PEATA LARKIN, ENCODED PARE (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 460 x 458 x 40 mm

2. PEATA LARKIN, ENCODED PARE (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 457 x 458 x 40 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, ENCODED PARE (Black_2011)


3. PEATA LARKIN, STREAMING WAIRUA (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 457 x 457 x 40 mm

4. PEATA LARKIN, STREAMING WAIRUA (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 457 x 460 x 40 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, STREAMING WAIRUA (White_2011)


5. PEATA LARKIN, TIPARE FLOW (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 773 x 773 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, TIPARE FLOW (Black_2011)


6. PEATA LARKIN, TIPARE FLOW (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 773 x 773 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, TIPARE FLOW (White_2011)


7. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU ABC (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 773 x 773 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU ABC (Black_2011)


8. PEATA LARKIN, POUTAMA 101 (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 773 x 773 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, POUTAMA 101 (White_2011)


9. PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI FLOW (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 1000 x 600 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI FLOW (Black_2011)


10. PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI FLOW (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 1012 x 613 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI FLOW (White_2011)


11. PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 1012 x 615 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (White_2011)


12. PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 1012 x 613 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (Black_2011)


13. PEATA LARKIN, HEADSTRONG (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm

14. PEATA LARKIN, HEADSTRONG (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, HEADSTRONG (Black_2011)


15. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 101 (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm

16. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 101 (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 101 (White_2011)


17. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU SPIN (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm

18. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU SPIN (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 512 x 512 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU SPIN (Black_2011)


19. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 010 (White_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 998 x 599 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 010 (White_2011)


20. PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 010 (Black_2011) acrylic on mesh on plexiglass, frame (v x h x d): 998 x 599 x 60 mm


DETAIL VIEW PEATA LARKIN, KARU HAPUKU 010 (Black_2011)


In ‘ENCODED WHARE’, Peata Larkin uses paint rather than harakeke to create her own visual language that alludes to both traditional Tuhourangi symbolism and the coded data that underpins much of modern life. Larkin’s works are vibrant and tactile; paint is carefully pushed through a woven mesh and further colour is then applied on the surface to create complex networks of patterns. Building on her past practice, Larkin has used clear plexiglass as a background to her patterned mesh. The transparency of this medium allows the shadow-play of weave and pattern to become an intrinsic part of the works, and they take on a sculptural quality which is further enhanced by the receding and advancing qualities of both colour and pattern. In ‘PATIKITIKI FLOW’, warp and weft have been manipulated so that patterns undulate across the surface. The grid format Larkin employs references the textile traditions of tukutuku panels and Jacquard weaving, as well as the digital world, where images and meanings are fashioned from pixels and binary code. Individual letters, characters and commands are assigned a different binary number, eg: uppercase ‘A’ is represented by the digits 01000001. The titles of Larkin’s works have been deliberately left in uppercase to mirror the fact that she is using these particular binary translations as part of her works. The physical representation of zeroes and ones have the dual purpose of both conveying literal information – the names of the works – as well as becoming visual signs in and of themselves. Duality pervades this body of work and goes far beyond looking at the digits of binary code. In many of the pieces the pixelated paint dots are black and white, red and green – opposites on the colour spectrum. Most works exist in both a black and a white version. The literal duality of Larkin’s medium highlights the metaphorical duality in which she is interested: traditional/modern narrations, symbolic/literal representations, light/dark metaphors. It is also interesting to consider the role of dark and light as a parallel to the symbolic nature of both absolute nothingness [0] and totality [1]. Just as the woven patterns on the wall of a wharenui narrate ancestral histories, or the source code for a web page formats what is seen on the computer screen, Larkin’s paintings contain their own narratives. The artist does not provide a key to her works; the viewer is left to decode Larkin’s language of colour, form and configuration and to decipher the stories contained within.


EXHIBITION PRICELIST 1

ENCODED PARE (White_2011)

2,500

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ENCODED PARE (Black_2011)

2,500

3

STREAMING WAIRUA (Black_2011)

2,500

4

STREAMING WAIRUA (White_2011)

2,500

5

TIPARE FLOW (Black_2011)

5,500

6

TIPARE FLOW (White_2011)

5,500

7

POUTAMA 101 (White_2011)

5,500

8

KARU HAPUKU ABC (Black_2011)

5,500

9

PATIKITIKI FLOW (Black_2011)

5,500

10

PATIKITIKI FLOW (White_2011)

5,500

11

PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (White_2011)

5,500

12

PATIKITIKI PIXELLED (Black_2011)

5,500

13

HEADSTRONG (Black_2011)

3,000

14

HEADSTRONG (White_2011)

3,000

15

KARU HAPUKU 101 (White_2011)

3,000

16

KARU HAPUKU 101 (Black_2011)

3,000

17

KARU HAPUKU SPIN (Black_2011)

3,000

18

KARU HAPUKU SPIN (White_2011)

3,000

19

KARU HAPUKU 010 (White_2011)

5,500

20

KARU HAPUKU 010 (Black_2011)

5,500

All prices are NZD and include GST; Prices are current at the time of the exhibition


PEATA LARKIN b. 1973, lives Auckland

Patikitiki Connect III (2008)

Peata Larkin "has come up with an ingenious way to express her Maori culture and join the digital revolution, without having to either become the slave of the computer or be bound by traditional working methods. The result is art with international appeal, using the well-proven grid format, yet with a firm base in pre-European design concepts." (1) Larkin explores "the phenomenology of light and colour, the plasticity of paint, as well as concepts of identity, history and systems used to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next...Larkin is interested in the tactile and textural potential of paint and works with a noisy, riotous combination of colours to form complex matrices constructed from blobs of paint that emphasise the works sculptural qualities." (2) Larkin has pioneered a way of making which is unique. Acrylic paint is pushed through a weave substrate so that the works acquire sculptural characteristics. Individual dots of colour are presented in an abstract pattern (based on Maori weaving designs). Peata Larkin was born in Rotorua (1973) and is of Tuhourangi and Tuwharetoa descent. She completed a Masters with RMIT University, Melbourne in 2007 and was previously a Graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University (2001-04). She has received a number of awards and scholarships including an RMIT University Scholarship for Excellence and Achievement in 2006 and also in this year Larkin was the recipient of Molly Morpeth Canaday Award. Her work is part of important collections both internationally and throughout New Zealand including The Memphis Museum of Fine Arts in USA. She recently featured in ‘Seen This Century’ a Collectors Guide by Warwick Brown, showcasing emerging New Zealand artists. Peata Larkin currently lives in Auckland. 1. Warwick Brown, Seen This Century, Godwit 2009 2. Virginia Were, 'Stairway to Heaven', Art News, Winter 2009

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PEATA LARKIN b. 1973, lives Auckland The combined Pepeha of my Whakapapa: Whakapapa: Ko Peata taku ingoa Te Arawa te waka Tarawera me Tongoriro me Tauhara nga maunga Tarawera me Taupo me Rotorua nga awa Ngati Whakaue me Ngati Tuwharetoa nga iwi Ngati Hurunga te rangi me Ngati Tuhourangi me Ngati Tuwharetoa nga hapu Hurunga te rangi me Wahiao me Oruanui nga marae EDUCATION 2007 2004

Master of Fine Arts, RMIT, Melbourne University (New Zealand Program) Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

2006

ENCODED WHARE, Milford Galleries Dunedin Woven In_Pixelled Out, Bartley & Art Company, Wellington Peata Larkin, Paul Baragwanath & Art, Auckland Tuhourangi Revival, Milford Galleries Dunedin Between Worlds, Two Rooms, Auckland Patikitiki Connect, Milford Galleries, Dunedin Peata Larkin, Final MFA Presentation, Two Rooms, Auckland I AM TUHOURANGI, COCA – Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch Tupunga>I<Evolution, Milford Galleries, Dunedin Introspective Data 2006, EA Gallery, Auckland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2011 2010

2008 2007 2005 2004

2003-2004 2003

‘The Earl Street Journal’, Group Exhibition, milford galleries queenstown ‘Small Paintings’, Group exhibition, Two Rooms, Auckland ‘Small Works’ Group Exhibition, Milford Galleries Dunedin ‘Bloom’ Group Exhibition, milford galleries queenstown ‘Xmas Show’, Group exhibition, Two Rooms, Auckland Three Degrees South 64zero3, Christchurch ‘Crosstalk’ – Group Exhibition, Two Rooms, Auckland ‘Afterimage’ - Group Exhibition, Two Rooms, Auckland Group exhibition ‘Fine Art’, Waiheke Art Gallery Group exhibition ‘Pntg 404’ Mid-year Final Elam painting year Elam BFA Graduation show, Elam Group exhibition ‘Floating Islands’, Waiheke Art Gallery Group exhibition ‘Colourhaus’ – Spiral Gallery, Auckland ‘Buddabing’ – Gully Lounge, Auckland ‘Refractions’ – Urban Arthaus, Auckland

AWARDS 2011 2010 2007 2006

Waikato Painting and Printmaking Art Award, Hamilton Finalist Wallace Art Award Merit Award Norsewear Art Award Finalist (2nd) Mazda Emerging Artists Award RMIT University Scholarship Recipient for Excellence and Achievement Trust WaikatoNational Contemporary Art Award finalist Norsewear art award finalist Winner of Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award

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2005

2004

2003

Waiheke Art Award finalist 14th Annual Wallace Art Award finalist (travelling exhibition) Rotorua Artists 2005 Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award finalist Norsewear Art Award, received ‘special merit award’ National Drawing Competition, Artspace, Auckland Mazda Art Award, Hilton Hotel, Auckland Goldwater Art Award finalist, received ‘merit award’ Mazda Art Award, Hilton Hotel, Auckland

COLLECTIONS Memphis Museum of Fine Art Pataka Porirua Museum & Art Gallery Waikato University Massey University Wallace Trust Collection Peata Larkin’s work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand and in Australia, UK Dubai and USA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY 2009 2009

Were, Virginia, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, Art News, Winter 2009, pg 50-53 Brown, Warwick, Seen This Century; 100 Contemporary NZ Artists, A Collectors Guide, Godwit, Auckland. Pg 228- 231

Tarawera 11 (2009)

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PEATA LARKIN  

ENCODED WHARE / 28 May - 22 June 2011 / Exhibition Catalogue / Milford Galleries Dunedin / www.milfordgalleries.co.nz