Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17 August – 12 October 2021

Starkwhite is pleased to welcome Jan van der Ploeg and present his first solo exhibition with the gallery, The Other Window.

Over the past 30 years, Dutch artist Jan van der Ploeg has sustained an investigation into abstraction, geometry, and perception. He has produced more than four hundred site-sensitive wall paintings in museums, galleries, corporate, public, and private spaces internationally as well as pursuing a painting practice on canvas.

For his inaugural Starkwhite exhibition the artist has chosen to create an immense wall work some 14 metres long and 4 metres high, the extent of the gallery’s longest wall. This black on white multi-band art work features identically sized horizontal bars. Contained at each extremity and also at its centre by a vertical post, this strictly divided space is simultaneously barricade and porous membrane. If, as Gordon Walters believed, “… dynamic relations are most clearly expressed by the repetition of a few simple elements”, here the proportions and visual axes of the architecture collide with an absence of complication to create a painting of stark potency. These hybrid object–infrastructure works draw on early pure Abstraction and through scale, presence, rhythm and contrast alter our experience of space. At the intersection of minimalist painting and architectural intervention, van der Ploeg’s hard edged and geometrical wall paintings embrace a structured format that intentionally engages the space and visitors to the exhibition.

The wall painting is accompanied by several of Jan van der Ploeg’s paintings that embrace the dualistic qualities of the gestural and the geometric. His characteristically colourful and bold yet harmonious painting practice explores different compositional variations through a highly refined vocabulary of motifs. These dynamic images draw on clean-cut geometric forms to create push–pull and positive–negative relationships within the work. Oscillating between content and form, these precise geometric compositions and hard edged shapes might offer swooping lines, protracted teardrop shapes, or elongated ellipses that suggest 3-dimensionality but remain flat on the canvas. Alternating between full coloured fields on neutral backgrounds and empty elements on coloured backgrounds, van der Ploeg plays with positive-negative relationships to challenge hierarchies of content and form. Referencing a broad range of art historical sources from Renaissance architecture to Māori weaving techniques via minimalism and Islamic tile design he draws widely, collapsing art forms and traditions into starkly compelling non-objective paintings.





Layla Rudneva-Mckay | I Roll

15 February 2022 - 19 March 2022

Fiona Pardington | Tarota

16 November – 18 December 2021

Fiona Pardington | Tarota Preview

5 October – 7 October 2021

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17 August – 12 October 2021

Laith McGregor | Second Wind

3 July 2021 – 7 August 2021

Richard Maloy | Maternal Routine

3 June - 19 June 2021

The Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Will Cooke | Every Wall Is A Door

15 January 2021 - 13 February 2021

Whitney Bedford - Bohemia

Seung Yul Oh: Horizontal Loop

John Reynolds: RocksInTheSky...

For Pink Pussycat Club | as part of THE BILL

Fiona Pardington | Childish Things

Seung Yul Oh memmem

Rebecca Baumann Once More With Feeling


The Armory Show 2010 | 1001 Nights
an installation by John Reynolds

Art LA Contemporary 2010

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

Jonny Niesche | Poikilos | 17 November - 22 December



Performative Geographies

Sampler 2020

Gordon Walters: From the Archive

Richard Maloy

Rebecca Baumann: New Work

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window | 17 August to 12 October

the artists in conversation, The Estate of L. Budd et al.

Art of Wine

Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti: Flagged

Clinton Watkins

Yuk King Tan

Sampler 2019

TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland



Ani O'Neill

Laith McGregor | Second Wind | July 3 - August 7

Alicia Frankovich

Martin Basher: Untitled

The Estate of L.Budd_et al.

Gavin Hipkins: Block Units

John Stezaker: Collages

Grant Stevens - The Mountain and the Waterfalls

Gordon Walters



Len Lye: Love Springs Eternal

Richard Maloy | Things I have Seen

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

Martin Basher | Devil at the Gates of Heaven

Daniel von Sturmer, Luminous Figures

Martin Basher | Hawaiian Tropic

Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle

John Reynolds 2017

BIll Henson | 1985 -2021 | 21 May - 19 June

On the Grounds

Billy Apple

Beyond Landscape

John Reynolds | WalkWithMe...

Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

Matt Henry | Analogues

Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

Material Candour 2016

Fiona Pardington | 100% Unicorn

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: Running Towards Water

Martin Basher Birds of Paradise | 13 April - 14 May

Clinton Watkins | lowercase

Whitney Bedford 2016 | Lost and Found

Alicia Frankovich | The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations

Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator

Gavin Hipkins | Block Paintings

Gordon Walters: Gouaches and a Painting from the 1950s

In Motion

Laith McGregor | Somewhere Anywhere

Starkwhite Queenstown | New Location

TOTEM | A Starkwhite exhibition curated by Mary Morrison

Group Show

Martin Basher | Jizzy Velvet

John Reynolds BLUTOPIA

Gavin Hipkins Erewhon

Grant Stevens Hold Together, Fall Apart

Michael Zavros Bad Dad

Not Another Art Fair | 24 February -3 April


Layla Rudneva-Mackay


Glen Hayward I don't want you to worry about me

Matt Henry High Fidelity

Richard Maloy All the things I did by Richard Maloy

Li Xiaofei

John Reynolds Vagabondage

Clinton Watkins Frequency Colour

BAZINGA! curated by Robert Leonard

Starkwhite Queenstown 29 January - 26 February

Whitney Bedford: This for That

Jin Jiangbo: Rules of Nature

Martin Basher

Billy Apple®: $9,020 AND $5,750 TOP UPS

Jim Speers Long Days

Ross Manning: Field Emmissions

Peter Peryer Edition

Jae Hoon Lee Antarctic Fever

Greetings from Los Angeles curated by Brian Butler

Seung Yul Oh HUGGONG