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Art Taipei 2018 Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Paul Dibble's works range from small maquettes to monumental public sculptures. They have been observed as a joyful reinterpretation of European Modernism from a Pacific perspective. The highly abstracted and geometricised forms found in his human figures hark back to Matisse and Picasso, while the abstraction and monumentality of his public pieces echo the work of Henry Moore. Following the European tradition, Dibble casts primarily in bronze; however, he also favours COR-TEN steel and gilded gold. By contrast, his subjects are distinctively domestic: narratives from New Zealand and Pacific mythologies and history; 'Kiwi icons' such as sheep; and native flora and fauna, especially birds.

Dibble graduated with Honours from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 1967. He is most recognised as the creator of The Southern Stand (2006)—the New Zealand War Memorial in Hyde Park, London.

The exhibition The Gold of the Kowhai (2014) at Gow Langsford Gallery exemplifies Dibble at work. At its heart was a large model of a kowhai flower, 3.38 metres in height and gilded gold. As the flower is a rich source of nectar for birds and small lives, it symbolised the life of the New Zealand bush and marked the show as a massive tribute to such life. On the other hand, the title derives from a 1989 poem by William Pember Reeves—an amateur poet who lamented the destruction of nature. Despite the cheerful congregation of birds and the kowhai flowers, Dibble's forest also revealed that it may be reduced to a thing of the past if not conserved properly. Two bird-man figures invited the viewer to contemplate the forest through the bird's eyes.

Another of Dibble's longstanding interests is the human body. His human figures are made of simple geometric shapes. In the 1990s, Dibble created straight and extended forms that were gestural to the point of surreal. However, since around 2004 they have become soft and curved, as found in the ongoing series 'The Soft Geometrics'.

A major survey exhibition of Dibble's works was organised by the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, in 2001. Dibble also became a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. He has an Honorary Doctorate from Massey University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL). Creating both indoor and outdoor works, Dibble has participated in sculpture events such as Sculptures on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, and Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney. His work is in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Te Manawa, Palmerston North; University of Waikato; and Massey University. In 2000, Dibble established his own bronze foundry in Palmerston North for his large-scale works.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Huia Above by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleHuia Above, 2018 Bronze and 24 carat gold gilding
245 x 115 cm
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Outlook study 2 by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleOutlook study 2, 2016 cast bronze
580 x 200 x 200 cm
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Scholar by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleScholar, 2016 Cast patinated bronze
62 x 20 x 12 cm
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Resolute by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleResolute, 2016 Cast patinated bronze
81 x 17 x 17 cm
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Quiet Space by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleQuiet Space, 2016 Cast bronze
212 x 38 x 30 cm
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Outlook study 1 by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleOutlook study 1, 2016 Cast patinated bronze
59 x 14 x 14 cm
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Long Horizon Study by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleLong Horizon Study, 2016 Cast bronze
28 x 48 x 11 cm
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Geometric tall figure 2 by Paul Dibble contemporary artwork Paul DibbleGeometric tall figure 2, 2016 Cast patinated bronze
81 x 22 x 18 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Dibble, The Poignancy of Absence at Gow Langsford Gallery,
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3–27 October 2018 Paul Dibble The Poignancy of AbsenceGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Dibble, The Geometrics at Gow Langsford Gallery,
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8 March–1 April 2017 Paul Dibble The GeometricsGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Objet d'art at Gow Langsford Gallery,
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27 January–20 February 2016 Group exhibition Objet d'artGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

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