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b. 1988, New Zealand

Zac Langdon-Pole Biography

Zac Langdon-Pole's photographic and sculptural practice of found and fabricated artefacts traverses a range of scales from the familial to the celestial, all connected by the artist's interest in memory, translation, and the ordering of social and natural worlds. After gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Arts, the University of Auckland, in 2010, Langdon-Pole received a Master of Arts from Frankfurt's Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in 2015. In a move that exemplifies his abiding concern with extending the limits of artistic authorship, the artist enlisted—for his final graduating project—his then professor, Willem de Rooij, to photograph a relatively unknown waterfall at the south end of Cooks Beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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My Body ... (Brendan Pole) (2015) consists of a poem re-written by the artist based on a recollection by his mother, Cathy Pole, of a poem her brother Brendan Pole recited in 1991, shortly before he died of HIV-related complications. The work consists of two hundred and ninety-seven photographs of illuminated medieval manuscript characters, which form the poem's individual letters, shuttling between image and text. Gloss (1. - 6.) is an accompanying series of images, cropped from a single family photograph onto which six footnotes have been de-bossed to expand on certain images and lines from the poem. In 2016, the artist developed a third component to the project for La Biennale de Montréal by selecting 'care-takers' to recite the original poem, along with a newly-commissioned French translation upon a gallery visitor's requests.

Langdon-Pole's 'Punctatum' series comprises wooden furniture items shipped from his family home in Aotearoa New Zealand. Once infested with borer beetle (Anobium Punctatum) larvae, the objects have had their tunnels filled with gold as an act of care and restoration that avoids effacing the objects' history as carriers of an invasive foreign threat, once stowed away in chattels brought by European colonists to the South Pacific.

In 2018, the piece and soon the landscape lost all variety extended the act of relocation by taking gallery visitors on a ten-minute walk through Ghent's Citadel Park as part of the artist's exhibition at S.M.A.K. The route led to a local flower shop where visitors were given a free copy of the local newspaper, in which the artist had rented advertising space to re-publish Marguerite Duras' 1957 article, The Algerian's Flowers in the original French, with English, Arabic, and Dutch translations. The text is Duras' eyewitness account of plainclothes police officers harassing a young Algerian man for attempting to sell flowers without a permit on a street corner—not dissimilar to the one the participants in Langdon-Pole's project found themselves choreographed onto.

The 'Passport (Argonauta)' series invokes one of the oldest thought experiments in Western metaphysics, which poses the progressive refurbishment of Theseus' ship as a question on the foundations of 'being' and 'identity'. This suite of work, first presented at Art Basel Hong Kong in 2018, consists of nine unique meteorite fragments handcrafted to fill the apertures of delicate Paper Nautilus Shells, made by the genus of Octopedes known as Argonauts. Here Langdon-Pole's interest in transformation across time and space—and its varying orders of magnitude—manifests in these shaped, polished, and etched objects whose surfaces hint at age-old geological processes.

In 2018, Langdon-Pole was awarded the BMW Art Journey for which he undertook a fully-funded research trip along the earth's axis through Western Europe from London to the Netherlands and France, through the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Hawai'i and the Marshall Islands, ending in his country of birth, Aotearoa New Zealand. His winning proposal, Sutures of the Sky, was structured in part by the flight paths of migratory birds to create an itinerary for the artist's research. Among the project's numerous inquiries was an interest in celestial mapping as a kind of 'ground zero of meaning-making and storytelling'. This focus led the artist on a sprawling search that traced how people have mapped the stars and conceived their environment for millennia. Throughout his travels, Langdon-Pole consulted local scholars, artists, and sailors while using writing, photography, and film to develop and record his many collaborations. A solo presentation of new work resulting from his travels on the BMW Art Journey will be presented at the 2019 edition of Art Basel Miami—accompanied by a multi-authored monograph.

In 2017, Langdon-Pole was one of three recipients of the prestigious ARS VIVA prize—awarded annually to emerging artists living in Germany. He has exhibited in numerous prominent institutions, including: Kunsthalle Darmstadt; S.M.A.K, Ghent; Between Bridges, Berlin; Kunstverein München, Munich; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Mainz; and La Biennale de Montréal (2016).

Langdon-Pole lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2019

Exhibition view: Zac Langdon-Pole, Porous World, Michael Lett, 3 East Street, Auckland (15 October–10 December 2022). Courtesy Michael Lett. 

Zac Langdon-Pole Featured Artworks

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Untitled (X) by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Zac Langdon-Pole Untitled (X), 2022 Four metric set-square rulers, pins
90 x 90 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
A Quiver of Names by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork sculpture
Zac Langdon-Pole A Quiver of Names, 2022 Mixed media
155 x 48.5 x 42.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
The Same River Twice by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork sculpture
Zac Langdon-Pole The Same River Twice, 2020–2022 Mixed media
46 x 75 x 71.3 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Concatenations by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork sculpture
Zac Langdon-Pole Concatenations, 2022 Mixed media
154 x 44 x 44 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Porous World (Undergrowth / Marbled) by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media
Zac Langdon-Pole Porous World (Undergrowth / Marbled), 2022 Recombined jigsaw puzzles of: Undergrowth (1941), Eliot Hodgkin Marbled Endpaper, Encyclopedia Britannica, 7th Edition (1842)
102 x 79 x 5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Translatio Studii (Revisited) by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork sculpture
Zac Langdon-Pole Translatio Studii (Revisited), 2022 Bowl fragments, brass staples,
12.7 x 25.3 x 25.3 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Porous World (Marbled / Undergrowth) by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Zac Langdon-Pole Porous World (Marbled / Undergrowth), 2022 Recombined jigsaw puzzles of: Marbled Endpaper, Encyclopedia Britannica, 7th Edition (1842); Undergrowth (1941), Eliot Hodgkin
102 x 79 x 5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
The Dog God Cycle by Zac Langdon-Pole contemporary artwork mixed media
Zac Langdon-Pole The Dog God Cycle, 2022 Recombined jigsaw puzzles of: Cloud Study (1822), John Constable; Stephan’s Quintet (2022), NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI,
301 x 393 x 4 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery

Zac Langdon-Pole Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Zac Langdon-Pole Represented By

Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Michael Lett Auckland

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