Reflective Synthesis is currently on show at Britomart Project Space. The mini gallery space hosts regularly changing exhibitions in the window facade of newly refurbished heritage building Stanbeth House. Viewed from Customs Street East, the space consists of four original 19th-century arched windows, which provide natural framing for the changing artworks within. (image: Gregor Kregar, Reflective Synthesis)
The second phase of Gregor Kregar’s installation Clouds for Richard Pearse is now installed at Christchurch Airport. Now permanently located in front of the airport’s new terminal Cumulus Gate Pavilion for Richard Pearse is loosely based on the form of a cumulus cloud. Its mirrored surface reflects its surroundings, including blue neon lights that shine on it at night and flax that has been planted around it. (image: Cumulus Gate Pavilion for Richard Pearse)
Artist Gregor Kregar is one of this year’s guest judges in the annual World of Wearable Art Awards. Earlier this month the judges chose the finalists who will be included in the 2012 show in Wellington (27 September – 7 October). “The WOW experience over the last two days has been very stimulating,” Kregar says. “It is fantastic to see the interesting use of materials so close up. As a sculptor, my work is multi-disciplinary and I like to use different materials, so I can relate very well to many of the WOW garments. They are all inspiring, but I am also impressed at the obvious standouts in each category.” (source: www.wellington.scoop.co.nz)
Gregor Kregar was recently awarded a commission for the new Christchurch Airport and phase one has now been completed.
The commission for the new terminal includes three indoor works and a large outdoor sculpture. The indoor works titled Clouds for Richard Pearse have now been installed in the new terminal building.
The suspended indoor works are made up of three stainless steel structures with blue cathode lights. As the title suggests, the works are inspired by Cantabrian Richard Pearse’s pioneering experiments in aviation. In 1903 and nine months before the Wright Brothers flew their aircraft, Pearse flew and landed a powered airplane. Kregar noted “considering the location and context of the new terminal building, I want to commemorate Richard Pearse and his visionary inventive spirit through my work. His achievement is remarkable and I would like draw attention to this great New Zealand accomplishment, one that represents the pioneering and resourceful character of New Zealand people”. The cloud-like forms also refer to a broader New Zealand context, particularly Aotearoa as the land of the long white cloud.
Gregor Kregar’s work Promotion consists out of 600 mini self-portraits that sit on plinths made out of 600 bags of washing powder. Having been shown in Ljubljana at the 29th Biennale of Graphic Arts, the figures have been packed in boxes with washing powder and distributed to shopping centres as free gifts with purchase. When somebody buys the washing powder they get part of the project to take home – sorry, only available in Slovenia.
For one week only Kregar’s new sculpture project will take over the space in Auckland’s hottest new precinct. 200 porcelain sheep in high coloured national rugby jerseys ooze kitsch as they celebrate the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. But is Kregar making a mockery of our national icon, or paying them homage? Are we celebrating the Cup or denigrating its supporters as a mindless herd? Kregar the trickster evades a simple answer, leaving us to make sense of his flock.
Join us at North Wharf this week or at the launch on Tuesday 18 October, 5 – 8pm.
Matthew 12:12 Cup 2011
Gow Langsford Gallery at North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter
Exhibition on 13 – 19 October 2011
open weekdays 11am – 4 pm, weekends 11am – 6pm
Launch night: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 5 – 8pm
Location: North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter (next to Pescado Resturant). More location information here
Curated by Beti Zerovc, the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana presents the energy and vitality of the medium of the art event in contemporary art and includes a new work by Gregor Kregar. A selection of art events will be presented in four different groups based on topics that are typical for contemporary art: violence, generosity, emptiness, and the search for the sacred and ritualistic. (source: 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts website).
Kregar’s work Promotion and consists out of 600 mini self portraits that sit on plinths made out of 600 bags of washing powder. On conclusion of the show the figures will be packed in the boxes and distributed with washing powder to shopping centres as free gifts. When somebody buys the washing powder they get part of the project to take home. Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23 September – 20 November 2011.
Kregar is also included in SCULPTURE TODAY a retrospective study of sculpture in Slovenia at Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje.
21 participating artists change the gallery space into a space inhabited by “the people”: a multitude of statues, figures and bodies mainly three-dimensional human figures in life size bearing reference to different personal, social and political contexts. Co-curator Toma Brejc explains: the exhibitions concept with the following words: Imagine an exhibition of merely bodies, statues, figures, phantasms, fragments, fictions. No matter what room I enter, they stare from everywhere or ignore me figures, more or less similar to human beings. (source: SCULPTURE TODAY press release 15.09.11)
A new work by Gregor Kregar is included in the 12th Cairo Biennale. The Cairo Biennale is a major event on the international art calendar and this year included a list of significant contemporary artists including: Winner of silver lion at Venice Biennale 2009, Nathalie Djuberg, Shaun Gladwell, Mounir Fatimi and Hector Zamara. The calibre of artists was further reflected in the number of exhibiting artists who represented their countries at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 including Gareth Brown (Ireland) and Goce Nanevski (Macedonia) and guest artist Yoshitomo Nara. The jury committee was a stellar line up including Rosa Martinez, Fumio Nanjo, Gerardo Mosquera, Fulya Erdemci.
Kregar’s work Liquid Geometry @ is a suspended aluminium and light work installed in the entrance of the Palace Of The Arts, the main venue for the 12th Cairo Biennale.