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Gregor Kregar

Gregor Kregar

b. 1972 Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand 
 
Reflecting his broad range of subject matters, Kregar's oeuvre encompasses an extensive and unique array of media that ranges from stainless steel, glazed procelain, lambda print photogrpahy, and such found objects as recycled timber and neon lighting that inevitably make the audience question their role as the viewer. While such works as Pygg Bank Project (2005-2006), and the Matthew 12:12 RWC series (2011) play on the artist's role in a national and international cultural identity, his more recent work such as Fragmented Illuminations (September 2013) sees a refreshing and challenging take on audiences' preconceptions of what constitutes 'good' and 'successful' architecture. In this particular show Kregar transforms the entirety of Gow Langsford Gallery into a mysterious yet playful world built from the remnants of old leaky homes. The contrasts between his smaller edition work, his large stainless steel installations, and site specific pieces such as Fragmented Illuminations, show Kregar as a constantly evolving artist whose work does not only reflect his ties to his Slovenian and New Zealand cultures, but also to wider social issues.

Kregar gained his BFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and his MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland. He has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows and has engaged in many public commissions since the early 1990's. 

To view available works by Gregor Kregar please click here.

Education

1991-1996 
Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, BFA    
1997 Art History Department, Maori Studies Department, University of Auckland, NZ
1998-1999 Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand, MFA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 
Reflective Synthesis, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2010 Cultural Nature, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland NZ
2008 Garden of Liquid Geometry, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ   
Immersive Echoes, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
Piercing the Clouds, Tinsheds Gallery, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia   
2007 Reflective Lullaby, Michael Reid Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia 
2006 In Flux, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia 
Ridiculous Sublime, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ   
Shelter, McColl Centre for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, USA   
2005 Pygg/Piggy Bank Project, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 
Pygg/Piggy Bank Project, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Australia   
I disappear, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ   
2004 Between ridiculous and sublime, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland 
I appear and disappear, Dunedin Public Art gallery, Dunedin, Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland,NZ   
Steel Life in the Window, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ 2003 Mathew 12/12 
Live, Sculpture On The Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ   Steel Life, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ
Steel Life, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
2000 Mathew 12/12, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ 
Roke 2, Auckland city Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
1996 White Kangaroo , collaboration with Scott Eady, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, NZ 
1995 Bule, Cirkulane, Slovenia 
Constructions and forms, National Arboretum, Slovenia   
 
Selected Group Exhibitions     

2012 Melbourne Art Fair, Gow Langsford Gallery, Stand D08  
2009 John Leech and Gow Langsford Galleries Spring Catalogue Exhibition 2009, Gow Langsford Gallery                          
2008 White on White, Christchurch Public Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ 
2007 Red Badge of Courage, The National Newark Building, Newark, NJ, USA   
Art Omi 2007, Omi, New York, NY, USA   
Sculpture Court, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, NZ   
Prospect 2007, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, NZ   
The Tylee Show, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ   
Existence: Life according to art, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ       
Pakeha Now, Sutter Art Gallery, Nelson, NZ 
2006 A&P Show, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ     
Woollahra Sculpture Prize Finalists Exhibition, Woollahra City Council Gallery, Sydney, Australia   
Animal Show, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ   
Artists in Residence Show, McColl Centre for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, USA
2005 Spirit of Sculpture, St Mathews in the City, Auckland, NZ   
Backgrounds of Landscapes, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ 
2004  Political Landscapes, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ   
Left in the members Lounge, Object Space, Auckland, NZ   
Waikato Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ   
NorseweART Award, Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings, NZ   Shapeshifter, Frederic Wallis House, Lower Hutt, NZ                
Henry Sarjeant’s Department Store, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ 
2002 Portraiture-The Art of Social Commentary Te Tuhi-The Mark, Auckland, NZ 
Birds Departures Arrivals, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
Bron, Equrna Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, AA Gallery, Venice, Italy 
2001 Tutors Show, Art Station, Auckland, NZ 
2000 James Wallace Art Award Touring Show, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, COCA, Christchurch.  Premier House, Wellington, NZ   
Group Exhibition, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
Artists on Broadway, Mercedes Building, Auckland, NZ   
Let Them Eat Cake, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
Crystal Chain Gang, Auckland city Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ   
1999 Exhibition of Drawing, Rhode Island, New York, USA   
Wallace Art Award Touring Show, James Wallace Art gallery, Auckland.  City Art Gallery, Wellington, COCA, Christchurch, NZ   
Sculpture Exhibition, Sunday School Theater, Auckland, NZ   
Group Exhibition, Nathan Homestead, Auckland, NZ   
Slide show, Karangahape road, Auckland, NZ   James Wallace Art Award, Auckland, NZ  
Pacific show, Southern Markets gallery, Auckland, NZ 
1993  Group Exhibition, Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia     
 
Public Commissions

2008 Vanish, Connells Bay Sculpture park, Waiheke Island, NZ 
2007 Brick Bay Polyhedron, Brick Bay Sculpture Park, Matakana, NZ 
2003 Steel Life Planet, Charlene and Paul Scotty Collection, Auckland, NZ 
2002 OKO 3, Price Waterhouse Coopers Tower, Auckland, NZ 
2001 Changing Spaces, Wellington Arts Festival, Wellington, NZ   
OKO 3, Sculpture terrace, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ 
1996 Kriz, Lecse, Slovenia 
1992 Figure, National Arboretum, Slovenia     
 
Awards

2007 Art Residency, Art Omni, New York, USA 2006 Art Residency, McColl Art Centre,  Charlotte, USA 
2005 Monash University/Shepparton Art Gallery, South Project Residency, Melbourne, Australia 
2004 Merit Award, NorseART Award, Hastings 
2003 Art Residency, Otago polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand 
2002 Tylee Cottage Residency, Sarjent Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand 
2000 Paramount Winner, James Wallace Art Award   Auckland City Council Grant 
1992-1996  France Mund scholarship         
 
Bibliography

“A Show with Vitality and Variety”, The University of Auckland News, Auckland, NZ, May 2000, Volume 30, issue 4.
Amery, Mark. “Now I Am More, Now I Am Less”, The Dominion Post, New Zealand, Nov 11th, 2005
Andrew, Kelly. “Sheep in coats of many colours”, The Dominion Post Weekend, New Zealand, March 31st, 2007
Big Picture”, NZ Herald, Feb 15th, 2005 
Bjorklund, Claudine. “The Wallace Art Award”, Gallery News, ACAG, Auckland, NZ, Dec 2000-Feb 2001
Bryan, Mary. “New city artist-in-residence Attempts to be provocative”, Wanganui Chronicle, November 18, 2002
Campbell, Katy. “Changing Spaces”, Art New Zealand, Number 104, Spring 2002
“Changing Spaces-New Zealand Sculpture Now” catalogue, New Zealand Festival 2002, Wellington 23 Feb-17 Mar 2002
Carley, Rachel. “Variegated Border”, Art New Zealand, Number 102, Spring 2002
“Country Life”, Urbis Landscapes, May to July 2005
Cover of the Gallery News, ACAG, Auckland, NZ, June/July/August 2000
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Daly-Peoples, John. “Leading arts prize goes to twisted metal sculpture”, The National Business Review, Auckland, NZ, September 29, 2000
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“Fragile Work”, Wanganui Chronicle, February 27, 2003
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Kregar, Gregor. “From Kangaroos to Moonshine”, Artnews New Zealand, New Zealand, Winter 2006
Kregar, Gregor. “Political Poetics”, Exhibition Catalogue, 1999
La Bas Walker, Rosalind. ”Disappearing Act”, Sunday Star Times, Oct 24th, 2004 
 “Large Steel Life With Cars”, Cover of Sarjeant Gallery Magazine, March, April, May 2003
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“Portraiture-The Art of Social Commentary”, Exhibition Catalogue, Te-Tuhi The Mark
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