Overlooked details brings together two artists whose individual practices reflect upon the intersection of culture and everyday life, gender politics, art hierarchies, and the act of looking and responding to the built environment.
Julia Holderness draws on modernist design histories and archives - local and international, real and imagined - to privilege decorative, domestic and design categories often overlooked in canonical art histories.
In this exhibition, she creates felted appliqué works and a video work referencing geometric rug designs by Florence Weir, a New Zealander who spent time at the influential early 20th century German Bauhaus art school.
Drawing on the 1955 theory of pyschogeography, which playfully explores how we respond to urban space, Jay Hutchinson conflates the most banal and omnipresent act of urban mark-making, the tag, with refined and increasingly rare hand embroidery. His hand-stitched works, taking hundreds of hours to make, ask that we take time to look and consider the small details that surround us.
Christchurch based Julia Holderness is currently undertaking a PhD in visual arts at AUT in Auckland. Jay Hutchinson has a Master of Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic and lives and works in Dunedin.
Press release courtesy Bartley + Company Art.