Artfairs

John Reynolds | Auckland Art Fair 2019

02.05 - 05.05

For the VIP preview and vernissage on Wednesday 1 May and following two days of the Fair (2 & 3 May) Starkwhite will present a solo exhibition by John Reynolds, further developing his ongoing Missing Hours project. Over the weekend we will move to a group show of works by selected artists represented by the gallery.

John Reynolds is one of New Zealand’s foremost artists. With a distinctive style that frequently interrogates the logics of drawing, mark making and language, his interdisciplinary practice spans painting, installation, sculpture, and site-specific public art works.

Missing Hours is a body of work taking on the real-life disappearance of Colin McCahon on the eve of the exhibition I WILL NEED WORDS, which was staged as a satellite show for the 1984 Biennale of Sydney. The project opened at Starkwhite with WalkWithMe in 2016 and was followed by FrenchBayDarkly in 2017, both exhibitions playing with titles of iconic McCahon paintings. John Reynolds’ practice has often referenced Colin McCahon, a towering figure of New Zealand art history, and inescapable for many painters. Yet this key incident in the McCahon mythology when the artist went missing in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens and was found five kilometres away the next morning, disoriented and confused, has offered Reynolds a rich vein of imagination and intrigue. Consumed by the incident for close to 5 years, Reynolds describes his ongoing investigation as “part missing person’s archive, part pilgrimage, part art historical vagabondage.”

Reynolds casts a disquieting and hallucinogenic web of imagery and association with the works in the series. The star of the WalkWithMe series is a large, multi-paneled work with smaller blue, green and dark purple panels flank a much wider black centre. It’s a cartography of possibility in which Reynolds charts schematic streetscapes, place names, local landmarks and motifs relating to or punning on Sydney suburbs and McCahon in silver oil paint marker. There’s a dizzying amount of references, words, motifs, and assorted fragments here, offering what the artist describes as ‘handrails’ for McCahon during his imagined journey. The effect is discombobulating, a visual scramble that’s somewhat familiar but also confusing, evoking the disorientation of McCahon’s lost hours.

The FrenchBayDarkly series offers a nod to McCahon’s French Bay works via their bold colour and informal grid-like structure, but Reynolds has increased the pressure. Now the compositions offer a tightly interlocked grid and intensity that borders on computer matrixes of science fiction, the geometry sharpened into a technologically linear and graphic mapping of space. Recalling urban street maps, Reynolds seeks to understand possible routes and journeys for McCahon’s missing hours, speculating on his movement through this unfamiliar city.

Yet simple wayfinding analogies feel like just the top layer, for in a 2018 work titled Headmap Footage #1 Reynolds has quite literally placed the crisp white lines over a vivid pink and dusky purple cosmos. Perhaps the real action and meaning is happening here, for tracing the myriad of horizontals and verticals across the surface of the painting is maze-like. One of the most ancient geometric symbols and culturally massively resurgent, the maze is a test of risk and reason, a way to find yourself by getting lost. Said to reflect the subconscious mind, such structures offer a physical and symbolic journey to confusion and back out again into the world. Well known for an intense engagement with spiritual matters and constant attempt to understand his place in the world, McCahon’s nocturnal wanderings, the Missing Hours project seems to suggest, may be both darker and more spiritually illuminating than a simple disappearance.

John Reynolds is lost in the losing of Colin McCahon. If, as Australian writer Murray Bail considered, McCahon “reconceived Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, as the land of the long black shadow”, Reynolds is excavating the shadow of McCahon’s disappearance. His interest is not in solving the incident, but in staying deep in the missing hours, exploring all their possibilities, avenues and dead ends; as might a traveller explore away from the tourist traps and smart suburbs. This is not an investigation into disappearance, but investigation into the ideas that getting lost allows. In ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ Rebecca Solnit suggests that “Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing.” Leaving space for and inviting the unfamiliar is common practice for artists, and it is here that the Missing Hours project resides.

Starkwhite often presents one or two-person exhibitions at art fairs, as we did with our Gordon Walters show at the 2018 edition of the Auckland Art Fair. However, with the interests of art buyers as well as collectors in mind, we also recognise the need to stage occasional group shows that present a slice of Starkwhite – presentations that also allow us to represent more of our artists at a fair. For the second half of the fair we will present a Starkwhite sampler with works by Billy Apple, Alicia Frankovich, Gavin Hipkins, Seung Yul Oh, Ani O’Neill, and Fiona Pardington.

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05.09 - 08.09

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Aotearoa Art Fair 2024

18.04 - 21.04

Melbourne Art Fair 2024

22.02 - 25.02

Michael Zavros | Booth FC18 | ART SG 2024

18.01 - 21.01

Sydney Contemporary 2023

04.09 - 12.09

Aotearoa Art Fair 2023

02.03 - 05.03

Jonny Niesche | Booth F34 | Art SG 2023

12.01 - 15.01

Aotearoa Art Fair 2022

16.11 - 20.11

Sydney Contemporary 2022

08.09 - 11.09

Jonny Niesche, Michael Zavros, Len Lye, Fiona Pardington, Seung Yul Oh, Alicia Frankovich | Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Not Another Art Fair | Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 20.04

Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford, Seung Yul Oh | Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

01.10 - 31.10

Virtual Fair | Auckland Art Fair 2020

30.04 - 17.05

Fiona Pardington | Art Basel Hong Kong Kabinett 2020

19.03 - 21.03

Yuk King Tan | Crisis of the Ordinary | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2020

19.03 - 21.03

Rebecca Baumann, Jonny Niesche, Gemma Smith | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2020

13.02 - 16.02

Sydney Contemporary 2019

12.09 - 15.09

John Reynolds | Auckland Art Fair 2019

02.05 - 05.05

Paratene Matchitt, Gordon Walters | Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

29.03 – 31.03

Billy Apple®, Michael Zavros | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2019

13.02 - 17.02

Rebecca Baumann, Len Lye, Seung Yul Oh, Michael Zavros | Sydney Contemporary 2018

16.09 - 13.09

Laith McGregor and Danie Mellor | So Long until we meet again | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2018

25.01 - 28.01

Gordon Walters | Auckland Art Fair 2018

23.05 - 27.05

Billy Apple® | Auckland Art Fair Projects 2018

23.05 - 27.05

John Reynolds | Soap Box Symposium | Auckland Art Fair 2018

23.05 - 27.05

Fiona Pardington, Michael Zavros | Beyond Surface Affect | Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

29.03 - 31.03

Fiona Pardington | London Art Fair Dialogues 2018

17.01 - 21.01

Fiona Pardington and Michael Zavros | Sydney Contemporary 2017

07.09 - 11.09

Richard Maloy, Clinton Watkins | Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2017

07.09 - 10.09

Daniel Crooks | The Subtle Knife | Art Basel Hong Kong Film 2017

23.05 - 25.05

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

23.03 - 25.03

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017

26.01 - 19.01

Auckland Art Fair 2016

25.05 - 29.05

Grant Stevens | Auckland Art Fair Projects 2016

25.05 – 29.05

Richard Maloy | Yellow Structure | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2016

24.03 - 26.03

Arnold Manaki-Wilson, Gordon Walters, Fiona Pardington | Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 

23.03 - 26.03

Michael Zavros | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016

28.01 - 31.01

Sydney Contemporary 2015

10.09 – 13.09

Laith Mcgregor | Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2015

10.09 - 13.09

Michael Zavros | Art Basel Hong Kong 2015

15.03 - 17.03

Grant Stevens | Thinking Feeling | Art Stage Singapore 2015

22.01 - 25.01

Michael Zavros | Melbourne Art Fair 2014

13.08 - 17.08

Rebecca Baumann | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2014

15.05 - 18.05

Gordon Walters | Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

15.05 - 18.05

Seung Yul Oh | Huggong (Variation 1) | Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2013

20.09 - 22.09

Grant Stevens, Clinton Watkins | Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2013

10.09 - 13.09

Auckland Art Fair 2013

08.08 - 11.08

Billy Apple® | THE IMMORTALISATION OF BILLY APPLE | Art Basel Hong Kong 2013

23.05 - 26.05

Sydney Contemporary 2013

10.09 - 13.09

Melbourne Art Fair 2012

02.08 - 05.08

Jin Jiangbo | Art Hong Kong 2012

17.05 - 20.05

Gavin Hipkins | This Fine Island | The Armory Film 2012

08.03 - 11.03

Martin Basher | The Armory Show 2012

08.03 - 11.03

Art Hong Kong 2011

26.05 - 29.05

Art Hong Kong 2010

14.05 - 17.05

Whitney Bedford, Jin Jiangbo, John Reynolds | Art Beijing 2010

29.04 - 02.05

John Reynolds | 1001 Nights | The Armory Show 2010

04.03 - 07.03

Grant Stevens, Peter Stichbury, John Reynolds | Art LA Contemporary 2010

28.01 - 31.01

John Reynolds | Table of Dynasties | Art Hong Kong 2009

14.05 - 17.05

Gavin Hipkins, Hye Rim Lee, Jae Hoon Lee and Grant Stevens | ShContemporary 2008

10.09 - 13.09

et al. | altruistic studies_vote more than once | Art 39 Basel, Art Unlimited 2008

04.06 – 08.06

Dane Mitchell | Conjuring Form | Art 39 Basel, Art Statements 2008

02.06 - 08.06