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Gow Langsford Gallery

Gow Langsford Gallery


Vincent Ward

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13 June – 7 July 2012
Preview: Tuesday 12 July, 5 - 7pm

Visionary filmmaker Vincent Ward has returned to his origins in fine arts with a series of physically imposing artworks. Much like his films, Ward’s art submerges the viewer in a visceral and immersive world in which themes of metamorphosis, light, fear, awe and darkness are explored.

Vincent Ward
After a highly successful large-scale solo exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in 2011, Ward will be exhibiting across two venues in Auckland this July (Gus Fisher, July 6th 2012 and Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 2nd July 2012). The simultaneous shows will coincide with the launch of Ward’s book Inhale | Exhale, a beautifully crafted large format art book published by Montana Award winning publisher Ron Sang. Ron Sang has published books that showcase the work of Ralph Hotere, Len Castle and Michael Smither. 
The video art installation at Gow Langsford is part of a series of cinematic installations shown at the Govett-Brewster and the upcoming Auckland show. Within his cinematic artworks Ward delves into transcendent states and seeks elusive ‘transformational moments’ that connect with the raw energy of the subconscious and resilience of the human psyche.
“…a powerful and haunting emotional and visual register within filmic worlds. His recent explorations with still images delve deeply into his abiding concerns with transcendence and acute moments of loss and discovery.”
Rhana Devenport, Director, Govett-Brewster.
“Just like McCahon and Binney, Ward has never shied away from the truth: he digs and digs until he gets somewhere other film-makers and artists don’t often visit: a psychic space where violence, memory, myth, sex and religion mingle in a landscape scarred by its history. Breath is suffused with that same energy. It presents a man marked by his past: a major creative figure whose visual language is rooted in memory, trauma and a darkly physical relationship with the world.
Anthony Byrt, New Zealand Listener.
At the core of Ward’s work we find an exploration of human vulnerability and the intensity and brevity of life. This July, Ward’s shows are a must see.  For more information regarding the artwork and the upcoming Auckland shows please follow this link to his website.

Vincent Ward's Inhale / Exhale is presented in the Wellesley St Window Project series with the support of SONY and Digital Factory. 

Vincent Ward - sponsored by Digital Factory  Vincent Ward sponsored by SONY