Symmetry is the Work of the Devil

Have you ever stopped to wonder why you wear matching earrings but not matching bracelets? How is it that the earring was a status symbol relating to breastfeeding in one cultural context, but in another it provides tags for sexual preference? What is the origin of the earring pair?

The traditions of these various readings cross paths throughout New Zealand culture. Our response: 1) Form a research party. 2) Visit museum storerooms to view taonga.  3) Hold late night discussions. 4) Place a call for single earrings to contemporary jewellers. 5) Show collected works 6) Review 7) Return to start and repeat.

It is a delight to present the works of Raewyn Walsh, Lisa Walker, Alan Preston, Shelley Norton, Neke Moa, Jo Mears, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson, Ross Malcolm, Karl Fritsch, Craig Foltz, Sharon Fitness, Ilse-Marie Erl, Jane Dodd, Gillian Deery, Mary Curtis, Pauline Bern, Ben Beattie, Artist unknown collection of Jaqui Knowles,

Symmetry is the Work of the Devil is a show dedicated to the single earring.

Curated by Kristin D’Agostino

Studio One Toi Tu February 4, 2015 as part of the Opening Night project sponsored by Objectspace led by Benjamin Lignel.

Anna Miles Gallery 10/30 Upper Queen St, Auckland March 19 — April 16 2015

Separated From That Which Cannot Be Separated

Have you ever thought that an object could embody a person? Have you ever worn the head of a chisel around your neck in order to claim the soul of another? Have you ever defended spiritual places with nothing but skinny arms and earthly memories? Three practitioners attempt to describe their world utilizing heirlooms and artefacts. Artefacts and mountainsides. Mountainsides and eyelids. The first practitioner wears a mask of ribbons meant to function like an arc of feathers. She says, “There is some confusion around the word confusion.” Everyone is in on the overpay, everyone traffics in the dissolution of meaning. We have nothing but our names. Some might say we don’t even have this. The second practitioner makes the same mistakes over and over again. He says, “That’s not the only thing I’m good at.” He is one of the few among us who can lay claim to the molecules he started out with. He is one of the few among us who can describe that which is sacred without asking those around him to recover blood. Genetic engineering, radio frequencies and sleepy, isolated villages. The third practitioner is not a practitioner at all but tends burial gardens with hoops made of gold and asymmetrical sound waves. She tells us, “Your oceans are not for casual wading.” In the way that warm pieces of bread with butter and honey push time forward, identity politics cannot stay hidden nor toothless. In the way that pairs formalise soft rays of light, shellfish will disintegrate into their reverent. For instance, a bucket of finely crafted fingers and fake shark teeth. And so; long, crystalline beaches of sand are formed. In some places, the ones who are pressed into stone will never be mismatched. In some places, it is the stone itself which is treasured.

– Craig Foltz

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