Richard Maloy will present Studio: Space & Time at Starkwhite from 28 January–1 February 2020. It is the first of five short-run exhibitions in the gallery's 2020 programme, a new series introduced in 2019 to provide artists with opportunities to present experimental projects and high-concept, less-is-more exhibitions.
Studio: Space & Time is a new artwork by Maloy that will unfold over 2020 and 2021 at the artist's home and studio on Waiheke Island. The artwork borrows its structure from artist residency programmes and will see Maloy offering his home and studio to other artists to provide space and time for creative thinking and research. The gift and its uptake by others become the material and mechanism of his work - an extension of his ongoing interest in architecture, space, and the exploration of artistic process.
In preparation for the artwork, Maloy invited his friend and mentor Billy Apple to make one of his signature alterations to the space. Apple produced a site-specific work plan for a new studio deck and extended roof based on the golden ratio proportion of 1:1.618. On completion Maloy will have Apple's conceptual work Extension of the Given: Richard Maloy Studio as part of his studio space.
Studio: Space & Time will become Maloy's ultimate work of process and production, one that subverts the traditional relationship of institution or patron as provider of working space to artists, instead facilitating creative research through artist-to-artist relationships. At a time where resources feel scarce, narratives intentionally confused, and creative industries tenuous, small acts of giving take on new and powerful meaning.
Studio: Space & Time is a call to action, a tool offering a concrete outcome and solution. Unlike most opportunities that provide artists space and time to work, Maloy's project will offer connection to a living artist and opportunities to creatively research on their terms.
Richard Maloy belongs to a generation of artists who upon graduation in the late 1990s, were compelled to find a new artistic language through their inheritance of the competing legacies of the 1960s and 1970s: minimalism, process art, performance, and conceptualism. Like these art movements, Maloy's practice is attuned to the politics of space and time. His multi-disciplinary practice has included sculpture, photography, installation, and moving image, always drawing on performativity and process to create work.
Recent exhibitions include: Things I have Seen, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery|Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth (2018/2019); Things I have Seen, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (2017); Yellow Structure, Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong (2016), curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor; Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery (2013), curated by Natasha Conland; All the things I did, Starkwhite, Auckland (2013); Big Yellow, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Asia Pacific Triennial (2013) curated by Maud Page and Ruth McDougall; Green Structure, Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne (2011), curated by Amita Kirpalani; Inside Outside Upside Down, City Gallery, Wellington (2010), curated by Heather Galbraith; Green Structure Part Two, SCAPE Biennial (2010), curated by Blair French; Raw Attempts, ARTSPACE, Auckland (2009/10), curated by Emma Bugden; For Keeps: Sampling recent acquisitions from the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery (2009), curated by Natasha Conland; Remember New Zealand, Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2004), curated by Tobias Berger.
Press release courtesy Starkwhite.