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Lost World: T-Rex, 2015

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Lost World: T-Rex, 2015


Lost World: T-Rex, 2015


Gregor Kregar                                             
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The title of this expanded series of works spanning bronze, lead crystal and stainless steel references Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel, The Lost World, a book that helped to popularise dinosaurs. These long-extinct creatures hold a prominent place in popular culture via advertising, movies, toys, gaming and museum displays. They are rife in the imaginations of children, but have also been used within corporate and political cultures to symbolize dominance, power and longevity. Auckland-based Kregar has long been captivated by how subtle changes in scale, form and materiality can influence our understanding of a sculptural object. Kregar is also interested in the systems of production and distribution at play in our material world, and the political and economic infrastructures that drive them. Here small plastic toy dinosaurs have been enlarged and cast in bronze, a medium that reeks of both permanence and valuable status.


Christchurch-based Sam Harrison is a leading proponent of contemporary figuration, well known for his observant, emotionally resonant sculptures and woodcuts. Harrison has made a new work for Presence, featuring a female figure whose spine arches across the form of a large river boulder, her arm shielding her eyes. The pose might refer to the feeling of warming your body after a swim in the river, or may be read as representing a more charged state of anguish or lament. Scenes of bathers populate much art history, most notably in works by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. Bathing scenes allow for the scrutiny and depiction of the figure in a variety of poses.

While these historic painters’ enquiries had more to do with the architecture of the picture plane, Harrison shares a fascination with the form of the figure under tension. The artwork is located within Market Square at the Arts Centre, off Worcester Boulevard.

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