Flight by Neil Emmerson
20 April – 6 May
4.30pm Friday 21 April
12.30pm Wed 26 April
Emmerson’s immaculately conceived and executed works deal with issues of the gay experience, and he has twenty+ years of engagement with activism and political art.
Although Neil Emmerson’s art practice is grounded in printmaking, his work engages with the expanded field of traditional print practice through the use of sculptural and installation formats, alternative materials, new technologies and the repeated image. His subject matter is political, both in terms of the critical focus it directs towards aspects of contemporary social and cultural life and its consistent projection of gay experience into the public realm.
Emmerson’s use of textiles, garments and blankets gives his work a domestic and personal edge, but his themes are universal – he conflates historically established dichotomies – public/private, east/west, political/personal with the layering of forms to allow rich and varied readings.
Neil Emmerson is an Australian artist living and working in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is a senior lecturer and Head of the Print Studio at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic. He has been exhibiting work for the past 25 years and has work in major collections in Australia, such as the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. He was the winner of the 2006 Fremantle Print Award.
closed right though Easter and Anzac Day, otherwise Mon-Fri 10-4.45, sat 12-4