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Face Value II

Face Value II

Portraiture has long anchored artistic tradition, attempting to capture and explore individual and collective likenesses (often of distinguished note, but by no means exclusively so). Often portrait artists have attempted to represent specific features and qualities of people in an effort to not just produce a fitting likeness, but to reveal deeper psychological truths, cataloguing the existence of the sitter for posterity. Of course, this is a singular take on a genre that has expanded along with all artistic practices, both as a result of stylistic, technological and conceptual barriers being gatecrashed, and Face Value represents an exploration of portraiture as a many faceted process.

Kara Burrowes - Collection*banal

Kara Burrowes - Collection*banal

When we speak about urban art, we often refer to the visual letterform language of signature graffiti, or the playful iconography of post-graffiti street art. We have something of a preconceived idea of the reference. However, the expansion of urban art ensures that we can now include the practice of artists who not only work in the urban space, but work with the detritus, ephemera and experience of urban space. Kara Burrowes is one such artist. Burrowes has been attracted to the intricacies and intrigue of our surrounding cityscape for several years, reassembling, recontextualising and re-presenting urban elements through craft, photography, painting and sculptural constructions. COLLECTION*banal is a selection of her recent work, transforming the ordinary into the fascinating and beautiful.

Chimp - Aliases

Chimp - Aliases

Fiksate is excited to host Aliases, a new body of work by Wellington artist Chimp. Aliases is the first presentation of Chimp’s studio work in Christchurch. It is also his first solo show since his 2015 exhibition at Wellington’s ROAR Gallery, and his last New Zealand show before undertaking a 45 day residency with the Street Artist in Residency programme in California.

Joel Hart - Dopamine

Joel Hart - Dopamine

Walking into Joel Hart’s new (and surprisingly only his second ever) solo show Dopamine, one is struck with a feeling of sensory overload. Indeed, this giddy excitement is exactly the sensation Hart strives to create with his beautiful, alluring, and inviting compositions.