Millers O’Brien Gallery presents three new exhibitions, Always Forever Now, Nobody Believe You (Bad Luck) and Salt Pillars, by emerging artists, Will Bennett, Harry Culy and Jaime Jenkins. Painting, photography and stoneware are combined in the exhibition and speak to a collective memory, and the natural and urban landscape found in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Always Forever Now is a series of 8 oil paintings by Will Bennett that reference archival photographs from 1990’s New Zealand. Bennett re-frames these strangely familiar and nostalgic images, bringing to life a domestic interior that contains all the comforts and uncertainties of a not-so-distant past. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington, and has had several exhibitions within New Zealand since completing his studies.
Dense and delicate hand-built pieces layered with sprayed glazes form Jaime Jenkins’ exhibition Salt Pillars, offering tangible links to the land of Aotearoa New Zealand. Working in stoneware, she is influenced by the natural landscape of the Bay of Plenty and the lineage of New Zealand pottery. Jenkins’ holds an Advanced Diploma of Visual Art (Ceramics), from Toi Ohomai, Tauranga, and has completed internships with artists in Aotearoa New Zealand and London.
Made on a large format 4x5 camera, four black and white images make up Harry Culy’s exhibition Nobody Believe You (Bad Luck). These works consider the antipodean landscape as a haunted space and contribute to Culy’s ever-growing and shifting archive of the Gothic everyday. After graduating from Massey University College of Creative Arts (Photography), Culy exhibited across New Zealand and Australia, and was the recipient of the 2018 Peter Turner Scholarship in Photography. He is currently studying towards his Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.