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NEIL DAWSON DECK: Second Hand Preview Friday 26th March from 5:30pm Artist talk Saturday 27th March at 11:30 27th February - 21st April, 2010

www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

Milford Galleries Dunedin

18 Dowling Street (03) 477 7727 info@milfordhouse.co.nz


1. NEIL DAWSON DECK - Ten of Spades (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 501 x 710 x 158 mm


1. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)


1. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)


1. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)


1. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)


1. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)


2. NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010) screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 768 x 450 x 93 mm


2. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)


2. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)


2. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)


2. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)


2. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)


3. NEIL DAWSON DECK - Eight of Clubs (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 501 x 710 x 185 mm


3. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Clubs (2010)


3. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Clubs (2010)


3. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Clubs (2010)


4. NEIL DAWSON DECK - Nine of Clubs (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 500 x 660 x 170 mm


4. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Nine of Clubs (2010)


4. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Nine of Clubs (2010)


4. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Nine of Clubs (2010)


5. NEIL DAWSON DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 460 x 715 x 150 mm


5. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010)


5. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010)


5. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010)


5. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010)


6. NEIL DAWSON DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel, edition 1/6, size (v x h x d): 500 x 580 x 185 mm


6. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010)


6. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010)


6. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010)


6. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010)


7. NEIL DAWSON, Whare (2009), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless steel,


l, edition 2/6, whare (v x h x d): 530 x 715 x 750 mm, plinth (v x ø): 665 x 1103 mm


7. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, Whare (2009)


7. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, Whare (2009)


8. NEIL DAWSON, Rua's Temple (2010), screenprinted & powdercoated stainless st


steel, edition 1/6, temple (v x h x d): 360 x 670 x 670 mm, plinth (v x ø): 670 x 850 mm


8. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, Rua's Temple (2010)


8. DETAIL VIEW NEIL DAWSON, Rua's Temple (2010)


PRICELIST 1 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ten of Spades (2010)

6,000

2 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Ace of Spades (2010)

6,000

3 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Clubs (2010)

6,000

4 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Nine of Clubs (2010)

6,000

5 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Five of Diamonds (2010)

6,000

6 NEIL DAWSON, DECK - Eight of Diamonds (2010)

6,000

7 NEIL DAWSON, Whare (2009)

12,000

8 NEIL DAWSON, Rua's Temple (2010)

12,000


Every playing card has two sides – one reveals its number and suit, and with it there comes the implied language of that symbol, be it heart, spade, diamond or club; the other side is equally common and ubiquitous, being design and pattern, and in this manner comes to contain the broad social language of its sources and references. The pack of cards in Dawson’s hands becomes a “house of cards.” “Whare” (2009, edition of six) is a literal rendition of a Maori meeting house. In this, he has used pattern as a metaphor of carving and as an architectural device. This challenging, wondrous work builds a social narrative, traversing dialogues of culture, identity and place. “Rua’s Temple” (2010, edition of six) is equally literal and pays homage to one of the most memorable buildings ever constructed in NZ. Rua Kenena, the prophet (a forerunner of the Ringatu and Ratana religious and political movements) retreated with his followers to the Urewera’s and there built a meeting (council) house (called Hiona at Maungapohatu) in the round. Upon this were placed the symbols of cards. Dawson has taken this fact, and in a nod to the social documentary role performed by (black and white) photography at that time gives us a window into the aspiration and remarkable achievement that was Rua’s temple. The inside of this important work can be glimpsed through the windows and there revealed is a rhythm of black and red, side by side and stacked. Dawson’s use of humour and contradiction is as equally fundamental in the single playing card works as is his characteristic play with space, perspective, and dimension and in so doing to release shape from pattern. He turns “Deck: Ace of Spades” into a devotional vanitas object where the spade floats in back space. In “Deck: Ten of Spades” he has taken a Spanish card design and revealed – in a flourish – a layered array of floral trumpets. In “Deck: Five of Diamonds” out of the blue comes the Taj Mahal. In “Deck: Nine of Clubs” a blade spins from the centre. The “Deck: Eight of Diamonds” has a perforated surface and the centre has been rolled, and in this way hides and reveals the surface and underside. Each of the works in Deck: Second Hand alters shape with every different viewing position. Like a card trick, nothing is as it first seems and each work can be readily hung back to front. Similarly the works can be displayed free-standing on a table or surface but when presented on the wall, shadow, angle and depth come to play an integral part in how we see and what we see.


NEIL DAWSON b. 1948, lives Christchurch EDUCATION 1973 1971 1970

DipGrad (Sculpture), National Gallery of Victoria Art School, Melbourne, Australia. DipTch, Christchurch Teachers College. N.Z. DipFA (Hons), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010 2009 2008 2007

2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 1994 1993 1992

1991 1990

1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1982 1981

1980 1979 1978 1975 1972-73

Deck: Second Hand, Milford Galleries Dunedin Deck: First Cut, Jonathan Smart Gallery Old/New/Borrowed/Blue, Milford Galleries Dunedin Vanishing Points, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland Recent Work, Milford Galleries Queenstown Recent Work, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch Thoughts on Ice, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington Craters, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, N.Z Recent Wall Sculptures, Milford Galleries Dunedin Wall Sculpture 2004, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch New Wall Sculptures, Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland Wall Sculptures, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington Domes, City Art, Christchurch Steps and Stages, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch New Work, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch Installation/exhibition, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch Infomuse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Neil Dawson Site Works 1981-89, National Art Gallery, Wellington Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland Site Related Work 1981-87, Centre For Contemporary Art, Hamilton Janne land Gallery, Wellington, N.Z Overhead Hardware, Brooke- Gifford Gallery, Christchurch Mirrors, Bosshard Gallery, Dunedin New Wall Works, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland Sunset Constructions, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland Rock Constructions, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Dunedin Holes, Robinson Brooker Gallery, Christchurch Land Escapes, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland Here and There, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland Escapes, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington Boundaries, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch Recent Series, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland Here and There, New Zealand Chancellery, Washington DC, U.S.A. Interiors, Elva Bett Gallery, Wellington Order/Chaos, Bosshard Gallery, Dunedin House Alterations, Brooke-Gifford Gallery,Christchurch 3 Black Holes, CSA Gallery, Christchurch Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2008 2006 2004 2003 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1989 1988

1986 1985

1980 1978

1974

Neil Dawson, Ralph Hotere, Pat Hanly, milford galleries Auckland Tribute, Auckland City Art Gallery.Auckland Birds, Pataka. Porirua Cutouts, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland Project 04, Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island H2O, Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt Incident, Art Now, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington Globe ’89, Virtual Reality, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Canopy Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Wellington Festival Exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Wellington Prospect Canterbury, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch Review 1991 Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Magiciens de la Terre, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France NZ Xl, Auckland City Art Gallery From the Southern Cross. A View of World Art, Sydney Biennale,Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia Aspects of Recent New Zealand Art : Sculpture, Auckland City Art Gallery Content /Context, National Art Gallery, Wellington Six New Zealand Artists, Perspecta ’85, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia Better than Collecting Dust, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North Chance & Change: A Century of the Avant-Garde, Auckland City Art Gallery 4 New Zealand Sculptors, Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui Platforms, CSA Gallery, Christchurch Seventh Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, Australia Little Works, Auckland City Art Gallery Enviromental Structures, Christchurch Arts Festival

INSTALLATIONS & PUBLIC COMMISSIONS 2009 2006 2005

2004 2002 2003 2001 2000

1999

1998 1997

Sky Len, Guthrey Plaza, Christchurch’s City Mall Anchor, Victoria Point, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia Wellsphere, Gouldon Square, Rochdale Road, Manchester, U.K. Bomber Command Memorial, Australian War Memorial. Canberra. H2O, Lincoln University, Canterbury Mahana Ceiling Dome, Woollaston Estate Winery, Motueka Raindrops, Lumiere Building, Manchester, U.K Fanfare, Sydney Harbour Bridge. Australia Lapped Sphere, Christchurch Girls’ High School, Christchurch Suntrap, Hastings District Council, Hastings Chevron, Kate Edger Commons, University of Auckland Corro Dome, Private Commission, Sydney, Australia Flying Steps, Hunter Courtyard, Victoria University, Wellington Skies, West Main Entry Artwork, Stadium Australia Cones, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Chalice, Cathedral Square, Christchurch Diamonds, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Other Peoples Houses, Private Commission, Waiheke Island Sphere, Cone, Cylinder., Designworks, Wellington Starferns, APEC conference, Auckland Town Hall Feathers, East Main Entry Artwork, Stadium Australia, Sydney Ripples and Rays, Clear Communications, Takapuna, Auckland Ferns, Wellington Civic Square,Wellington Expansion, Pyne Gould Corporation, Christchurch Vanishing Stairs, Phileo Promenade, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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1996

1995 1994

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

1987

1986 1984

1981

1980

Leafsphere, Wisma Perkasa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Decoy Feathersphere, Private Commission, Te Horo Decoy Down, Private Commission, Te Horo Majestic Earth, Majestic Centre, Wellington Plumage, Phileo Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Butterflies, Phileo Avenue, Kuala Lumpur Tranquility, Tsing Yi MTR Station, Hong Kong Flora, Private Commission, Governors Bay Down, Private Commission, Auckland Canoe, SkyCity Casino, Auckland Steps, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Nor’West Arch, Lincoln university, Lincoln Kahu, Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura Horizons, Private Commission, Kaukapakapa Different Skies, Osaka Business Park, Japan. Flying Chairs, Private Commission, Kaukapakapa Globe, Collection of National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Lens, Petrocorp Building, New Plymouth Untitled, High Court of New Zealand, Wellington Flying Chairs, Sculpture in the Gardens, Christchurch Canopy, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Snap, Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia Wave Screens, Private Commission, Auckland Throwback, Albert Park, Auckland Echo (re-installation), Arts Centre, Christchurch Globe Installation, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Vertigo, Gallery Kobayashi, Tokyo, Japan Perception Room, Capital Discovery Place, Wellington Orb, Private Commission, Taranaki Awakenings, Hastings Boys High School Jetset Globe, Jetset Tours Building, Melbourne, Australia Spectra, Aotea Centre, Auckland Macaw Feather, Private Commission, Wellington Leadlight, Private Commission, Wellington Kei Konei Inaianei : Blue/Green, The Bath House, Rotorua Globe Down Under, Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui Featherlight, Aotea Centre Foyer, Auckland Globe, Magiciens de la Terre : Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France Framework, National Art Gallery, Wellington Get The Picture, Wellington Railway Station Vanity 1, The Australian Biennale, Art Gallery of N.S.W. Sydney, Vanity 2, Melbourne Concert Hall, Melbourne, Australia Featherlight, Methodist Trust association Building, Auckland Ripples, Te Whare Taonga O Waikato / The Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton Plumbobs, Private Commission, Christchurch Going For Broke, Sculpture projects 1985-86, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth The Rock, Bank of New Zealand Centre, Wellington Paper, Scissors, Rock. Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch 5 Large Works, Graduate Centre Mall, City University, New York, U.S.A. Lightwell, Private Commission, Wellington Echo, Arts Centre, Christchurch Vanishing Points, Auckland City Art Gallery Reflections, National Art Gallery, Wellington Street Show : Street Grid, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

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1979

Airspace at the Hansells Sculpture Exhibition, Wairarapa Arts Centre, Masterton Seascape Installation / Documentation, Robert McDougall Art Gallery,Christchurch

SELECTED AWARDS 2006 2004 2003 1985 1980 1973 1972

Invited Artist Programme, Antarctica, New Zealand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit Laureate Award. New Zealand Arts Foundation Awarded Queen Elizabeth 2 Arts Council Establishment Grant Awarded Queen Elizabeth 2 Arts Council Travel Grant Gains Graduate Diploma in Sculpture Awarded Queen Elizabeth 2 Arts Council Grant

SELECTED ARTICLES 2009 2006 2005

1996

Suckling, Lee, The Sky’s the Limit, Art News, Summer 2009, pp 52 – 55 Mane-Wheoki, Jonathon, Laureate Feature – Neil Dawson, Applause, Arts Foundation of New Zealand, pp7 Fusco, Blundell, Sally, The Outsider, The Listener, November 26 2005, pp 44 & 46 2003 Dr. Cassandra, Ways of Seeing Presence and Absence- The Work of Neil Dawson, Craft Arts International, Number 58 2003 pp 34 – 412000 Caughey, Elizabeth and John Gow, Contemporary New Zealand Art 2, Auckland; David Bateman, 1997, pp 52 – 55 Brown, Warwick, Another 100 NZ Artists, Godwit Press 1996, pp 26

Plate 14 (2008)

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NEIL DAWSON  

DECK - Second Hand / Exhibition Catalogue / 27 March - 21 April 2010 / Milford Galleries Dunedin / www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

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