The following is an extract from the back cover of it does no harm to wonder...
"it does no harm to wonder / the body of the work reviews 35 years of art and life in Aotearoa New Zealand. Following the exhibition Richard Reddaway: the body of the work / it does no harm to wonder at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, this publication reframes, extends and at times inverts the conventions of 'the artist's retrospective'.
Refusing any didactic position, Richard's art through those years sought to be present and reactive to the time and place of its making. In this mode, while circumscribed by the artist's name, the publication has invited six writers and three designers to wonder upon the making of identity through work, art, community and family.
Framed as much as a means to look forward as back, this publication is an assemblage of parts to be looked through and even, if you choose, to make something of."
Press release courtesy Jonathan Smart Gallery.