24 June–23 July 2022
Pippi Miller – Hemi Hosking – Wesley John Fourie – Taarn Scott – Hana Pera Aoake –
James Thomson-Bache –Troy Butler – Prudence Jopson
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Drawing and Painting
Pippi Miller (b.1997) was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington but grew up in Ōtepoti | Dunedin. She attended Logan Park High School, graduating in 2015. A scholarship swayed her toward attending University of Otago, and she emerged after four years of study in 2019 with a BA(HONS) first class in English literature, and an unexpected love for Dunedin. Pippi is currently enrolled in the MFA programme at the Dunedin School of Art, following on from the Graduate Diploma that she completed there in 2020. Her work was included in the 2021 exhibition at RDS Galley “Between Then and Here: Selected Works by the DSA 2020 Graduates.” Her drawing and painting-based practice focuses on exploring line and colour, illustration, and children’s literature.
James Thomson-Bache (b.1993) emigrated to Aotearoa | New Zealand in 2007 and settled in Ōtepoti | Dunedin in 2013, earning a BA in both Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Otago. His work has been selected several times as a finalist for the Parkin Drawing Prize held at the Wellington Academy of Fine Arts, his 2017 submission receiving a “merit” award. Self-taught in drawing, painting and ceramics, he draws on “art brut,” guerrilla art and abstract expressionism (his primary influences) to create detailed works with an emphasis on intuitive composition, improvisation and mark-making. He also employs surrealist “automatic drawing” as a recurring technique.
Troy Butler is an Ōtepoti-based artist, who has a day job running the successful Morning Magpie Café. Leaving an earthquake-stricken city for Ōtepoti | Dunedin, he not only found solace, but an embracing community. After spending several years establishing himself as a local business owner, with a view to supporting himself, he has recently returned to art-making as his first love. In his practice, Troy explores themes of identity through photo-lithographic printmaking as his principal means of expression. He deploys silk paper, mono-toned colours and dark dreamlike figures to examine and evoke journeys marked by a range of life themes. Significantly, through his practice, he continues to explore the effects of loss of identity.
Hemi Hosking [Hemi Hosking-Kereopa, Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui and Awhirio], born 1994 in Ōtepoti | Dunedin, holds a BA and Diploma in Visual Arts (2020) from the Dunedin School of Art. He is currently enrolled in the MA programme of that same institution, specialising in graffiti, typography and screen printing. He has previously exhibited at RDS Gallery in 2021 and was a finalist for the inaugural Kiingi Tuhetia portrait award, also in 2021, for a multi-media work representing Tāwhiao, Tūkāroto Matutaera Pōtatau Te Wherowhero Matutaera, to whom he is related. His work in the current exhibition at RDS Gallery focuses on reclaiming and rediscovering his Cook Islands | Kūki ‘Āirani heritage. He is also a local expert on New Zealand graffiti artists, to whom he credits his enthusiasm for the visual arts. You can find his work on his Instagram account @hemihosking.
Wesley John Fourie (they, them) identifies as a queer artist whose multi-faceted art practice explores themes of nature, spirituality, and sexuality, predominantly through the use of textiles. The years that they spent in Ōtepoti |Dunedin had a formative influence on their practice and they regularly collaborate with Ōtepoti-based artists Taarn Scott and Hana Pera Aoake, including the recent exhibition “the future of dirt,” RM Gallery and Project Space (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland), June 2022. They were awarded the 2021 Molly Morpeth Canaday Youth Award and have been a finalist in the National Painting and Printmaking Award (2021), and the Wallace Art Awards (2020). Recent exhibitions include: “The Dance,” Window Gallery, University of Auckland, 2022; “i followed you Into the sea,” Whakatane Library & Exhibition Centre, Whakatane, 2022; “i dream a rain forest” at Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Art Centre, 2022 and “From Across Bodies of Water and Other Transient Objects,” with Rozana Lee, at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, 2022. Wesley are interested in creating a conversation around the preservation of our natural environment within the context of contemporary art. When not in their studio, they can usually be found somewhere in the bush.
Taarn Scott, an Ōtepoti-based artist, graduated with a BFA (HONS) from the Elam School of Arts, University of Auckland, in 2019. Recent exhibitions include: “the future of dirt,” with Wesley John Fourie and Hana Pera Aoake, at RM Gallery and Project Space (Auckland), June 2022; the solo exhibition “Outlining/Shifting Channels” at Refinery ArtSpace (Nelson), 2021-22; and the group exhibition “All Is Full of Love,” curated by Wesley John Fourie, Broker Gallery (Queenstown), August 2021. She is interested in illustrative practices, community art, and exploring drawing through a variety of media focusing on ideas around the body.
Hana Pera Aoake (Ngāti Hinerangi, Ngāti Mahuta, Tainui/Waikato, Ngāti Waewae)(they, them) is a mother, artist and writer. Hana works across many mediums and has published widely and sometimes organises exhibitions, readings, and conversations. Hana holds an MFA (first class) from Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa | Massy University (2018) and was a participant in the ISP programme at Maumaus des escola artes (2020). Hana published their first book, A bathful of kawakawa and hot water with Compound Press in 2020. They live in Te Roto Pāteke | Macandrew Bay, Ōtepoti | Dunedin, with their partner and pepi studying Te Reo Māori. Currently they work with Morgan Godfery on Kei te pai press, a publishing and education project.
Recent projects include “the future of dirt,” with Wesley John Fourie and Taarn Scott, at RM Gallery and Project Space (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland), June 2022; “te tamaiti, te ao” at Artspace Aotearoa (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland), June–August 2022; “Neither Solid nor Liquid,” with Priscilla Howe, Te Tuhi Contemporary Art June–August 2022; as Kei te pai press, Matarau, group exhibition curated by Shannon Te Ao, City Gallery Wellington | Te Whare Toi, May–August 2022; as a contributor to the anthology The Material Kinship Reader, ed. Clementine Edwards and Kris Dittel, Onomatopee 208 (Einhoven, the Netherlands: Onomatopee Projects, 2022); Whānau Marama, Wynn Hamlin, group exhibition curated by Jade Townsend, Commercial Bay (Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland), June/July 2021.
Prudence Jopson, born in Ōtautahi |Christchurch, is an Ōtepoti-based artist with a background in exhibition design. She has a deep understanding of the land and colour that surrounds her. Living in Melbourne for close to a decade, she attended RMIT School of Art, where she was awarded a Diploma in Visual Art (2017) and an Advanced Diploma in Visual Art (2018). Returning to Dunedin in 2019, Pru continues to explore the theme of growth and decay. Altering cement with various pigments and combining different textures, she achieves a highly resolved, diverse range of sedimentary sculptures. Recent exhibitions include the group exhibition “Mental Health––Response Received,” September–October 2021, in which she took a leading role as one of three curators, participating in the exhibition’s installation.
PIPPI MILLER, Dressing Up in Each Other’s Clothes, 2020, gouache on paper, 430 mm x 34.5 mm unframed, 590 mm x 490 mm, framed.