Published on May 27th, 2013 | by Dedee W0
Pearce Gallery, 130 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
Tonight the One Way Exhibition opens at the Pearce Gallery in Parnell. It’s only on for two nights so catch it while you can. They had me at the Gaytime Rainbow cones image, but the message behind it’s even more interesting.
The show Is curated by Jaimie Waititi, who’s in her third year studying at Whitecliffe College of Fine Art and Design.
It’s a selection of “individual responses to the reactions and comments on the legalisation of same sex marriage. “ It includes work from seven artists who she knows through Whitecliffe or through other friends.
Amber Esau, a creative writing student at M.I.T. was asked to write a poem as one of the responses, and is pretty stoked to be involved.
“It’ll to be the first time performing for the opening night of an exhibition, I’m excited to add a different element to the texture of the art. “
As an artist Jaimie enjoys discussing controversial topics, such as this.
“The reactions were most interesting to me because I find that even though the global general public has accepted homosexuality and now nationally it is legitimate to wed, there is still negativity against it. As a lesbian, the comments affect me, however they are absurd enough not to take to heart.”
“The work which relates to the negative comments aren’t as ‘in your face’ as the actual comments themselves,which I enjoy. And there is a sense of humour and a very positive experience in others. Diversity is key.”
She also curated a show to raise awareness around deep sea oil drilling, in June 2011.
“It was held in a non-traditional gallery, however the space was a Sustainable Environment project space which was very relevant to the show. That was also a neutral show. We were raising awareness not protesting. As I was organising the show I came across a lot of people who had no idea what was happening, or even the fact that there were drills in New Zealand before that. I didn’t even know before it had come to me…”
Which just goes to show, even when you set out to educate there’s always much to learn.
So, as it says on the invite:
“come and have some wine and cheese
and have a gay old time”
One Way exhibition
Monday 27th 5:30 – 8:00
Tuesday 9am – 12:30