TAHATU – the edge of the land | Rachel Miller & Robin Anaru Anderson
12 Feb – 10 Mar
Opening on Friday 12 February at the Kaan Zamaan gallery in Kerikeri is the latest dual exhibition of Rachel Miller and Robin Anaru Anderson. The show features a series of new paintings by Miller and a new range of high-fired and Raku-fired pottery by Anderson. Both artists merge in work inspired by Northland and the land forms and horizons that create it. For Miller Anderson fans, this is a show not to be missed.
Adamek’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand opened Sunday 10th January, to a very positive response , and has now been extended until 10 February.
Ludek Adamek and his wife Magda recently settled in Northland. They came to join their son already living in New Zealand, leaving behind their homeland , the Czech Republic.
Being nature lovers, they have bought 50 hectare of land and plan to build their own home there, with a studio where Ludek can work uninterrupted.
Adamek is passionate about his art, it is all he has wanted to do for as long as he can remember. He has left a huge amount of commission work in the Czech Republic, but brings with him a life time of artwork in a variety of different mediums.
Adamek belonged to the North Moravian art communty and his art cannot be strickly classified as any one artistic style. He was born on August 30 1958 in Silesian Jesenik but spent his childhood on the other side of mountains in the streets of Moravian Sternberk, which lies near the Hana lowland. In his youth it was almost impossible to study art, so Adamek chose a different path to fulfil his destiny. He attended a vocational school of manufacturing in Unicov. In 1976 he finished his studies becoming a founder. Having discovered the beauty of iron,the firmness of steel and shine of colourful metals, he integrated these into his work. He still had a lot of work to do and new ideas to explore before he could create art from them. He learnt to use metals , became skilled connecting and shaping them and he started bringing this knowledge into his glass work. Since 1980 he has been gaining experience in binding and welding. He started to see the unlimited possibilities when using recycled materials. He devoted every free minute he had to learning all he could, from the production of paper, to making large colourful graphic drawings with coloured inks. He also became proficiant in sculpture.
1996 was a turning point for Adamek, when he started freelance work. Like many of his colleagues , he decided to leave the pace, noise, smoke and lack of privacy of town streets ( which meant sacrificying the comforts of town dwelling ) . Silence, fresh air and the steep hills of Nizky Jesenk became his new home – A large cottage in Huzova became a place to store materials to recycle and produce artwork, his new atelier.
In New Zealand, Adamek has chosen to do the same – finding a secluded and private piece of land in Peria, where he will find peace and solitude to work on his art full time.
I am very excited to be showing Ludek Adamek’s first solo exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a small selection of retrospective work from his homeland. His original style is sure to inspire and excite his new audience, we wish him well in his new home. Ludek is learning English which is an added challenge but which should make his settling in a little easier. He loves New Zealand already, and his latest works reflect his new environment already.
Thank you Ludek for walking into Kaan Zamaan, I feel privileged to be exhibiting your work, and hope I can do you proud.
Some of Ludek’s works :
Gallery Hours from 2016 :
Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sun 9am – 1pm or by appointment 021163447
Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm
Upcoming Special Event:
Richard Adams is currently working towards a new exhibition ” Mark Making” in May. Richard will bring the first from this new series with him January 31 when he comes to Kerikeri to play with NAIROBI TRIO @ Marsden Estate.
Book your tickets promply, as seating is limited !
View our video of the ANZAC exhibition , which has now ended. Some remaining works are still exhibited including Scott McFarlane’s gorgeous installation.
Call 021 1634478 to view by appointment outside gallery hours.
For framing consultations, SHARP FRAMES is open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Our fundraiser last year was “WE CARE” . Some artwork from this exhibition is still in stock, so we continue to raise money for the desparate children of Gaza, as the works sell.
The total amount raised so far is just over $12 780 ! $12 480 has been 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 desparate children’s lives. Some $300 went to Save The Children.
A view of the opening night, thank you Sophi for the video.
In the reception area there is a wide selection of art by Laurence Aberhart , Richard Adamas, Ludek Adamek, Rob Anderson,Minhal Al Halabi, Lee Brogan, Herb Foley, Scott McFarlane, Rachel Miller, Fran Leitch, John Papas, Bill Snider, Kathy Shaw Urlich , Sally Bristow, MTK , Sue Foster , Rich Hewson, Dulcie Draper, Marlene Robert, Marie Powell, Chris Wilkie and others. Works on paper, prints & reproductions are available to see in the framing reception, we have a huge variety of art in the stockroom so feel free to ask to see more, if you can’t see what you want on display.