CURRENT EXHIBITION

Exhibition & Installation

WHAT I CAN’T PUT IN WORDS 

Friday 12 May – 30 June

What I can’t put in words | Julia Reinholt

Raewyn Smith and photography by Colin Harrison

Some of Julia Reinholt’s work:

Artist Statement:

Approaching this exhibition has meant deciding what I might show from sporadic and spontaneous work produced over the years.  My style is unpredictable and ever changing, though the theme of my oeuvre is generally my ongoing love affair with the Middle East. Despite her complexity, violent past and present, her beauty always shines . My work has kept developing without compromise since I returned to New Zealand after half a lifetime overseas, still drawing on memories and experiences from the twenty seven years spent in the Middle East. I don’t paint to represent what the world looks like, but more what it feels like. I question and address relevant global issues of conflict, cultural dislocation and social breakdown, as well as the realities of flight, exile and homelessness. It was suggested I do a retrospective of ‘sketches’ from my time in the middle east, that I should “get it out of my system, and move on”. I reflected on this, knowing I cannot change who I am anymore than I can predict what I might paint.  But nothing is resolved in the Middle East, history keeps repeating itself, if anything it’s more fragile and vulnerable today than at any stage in my lifetime. I ache for those I left in my beloved Middle East who continue to suffer quietly and bravely. Fortunately I have seen that the human spirit is hard to break and I feel the only appropriate response to make is to try to show the beauty, the light in the dark places, the shades in the blackness that feel like colour. My work is constantly informed by the experience of leaving my homeland as a child and existing simultaneously in two worlds since my return to New Zealand. It makes sense and gives relevance to why I paint at all, to honour and tell stories of people and places close to my heart, lest we forgetUnderstanding different cultures opens  doors, desecrates borders, pulls down walls, prejudices and barriers. Now , more than ever this is vitally important.

I hope this exhibition speaks to the viewer in a positive way and gives hope, knowing the people in the middle east are so resilient, forgiving and positive, They have endured so much injustice for so long, they shall continue to stand defiant and tall.

I will no doubt continue to paint what I can’t put in words, until truth and peace prevail…

Raewyn Smith

Raewyn is a highly accomplished painter who has had a number of solo and numerous joint exhibitions. Her most recent show ” Destiny? I don’t think so . Not Here ” was widely acclaimed with most of the works being sold into private and public collections.

Raewyn has work in the Wallace Collection and was a finalist in the 2014 Adam Art Award for Portraiture.

We are delighted to have Raewyn exhibiting again, in this new exhibition, her contribution will be a highlight in the gallery window.

Other paintings by Raewyn are available on demand, and more will be hanging in July.

From A Safe Place I  , oil on linen on board

From A Safe Place II   

Vile Street, Whangarei

Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison is showing just a few of his powerful black and white photographs taken in Palestine, while with the He Ao Kotahi | The One World Project filming a documentary with Paitangi. He was privileged to be on location during the shot and took some 1200 exposures, he has kindly shared a few for an installation which tells a story. It can’t be photographed, you need to see it to feel it’s strength and atmosphere.

A couple of images from Hamde Abu Rahma ( Palestinian photojournalist living in the West Bank ) add tension to the installation. I don’t want to give too much away, come and see this close up to really get the picture.

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In the Stockroom:

Laurence Aberhart, Minhal Al Halabi, Ludek Adamek,Robin Anaru Anderson, David Barker, Chris Booth, Lee Brogan,Beverley Cox,Herb Foley, Frank Habicht, Fran Leitch, Scott McFarlane, Rachel Miller, Keri Molloy,Jane Molloy-Wolt, John Papas, Kate du Plooy, Julia Reinholt, Marlene Roberts, Bill Sellers, Kathy Shaw Urlich, Daniel Unverricht , and others…

Works by gallery artists, http://www.kaanzamaan.co.nz/artists/ for more details

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Our video of the ANZAC exhibition at Kaan Zamaan  ,2015 .


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Call 021 1634478 to view by appointment outside gallery  hours.

For framing consultations, SHARP FRAMES is open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

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Our fundraiser last year  “WE CARE” .

The total amount raised so far is just over $12 780 !  The money was passed on to Kia Ora Gaza, to help with medical supplies for Gaza. THANK YOU everyone for your generosity, it was an AMAZING effort, let’s hope we bring just a little relief to some of these desperate children’s lives. Some $300 also went to Save The Children.

A view of the opening night, thank you Sophi Reinholt for the video.