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The Tactile Element

A survey of textural works in the University of Waikato Art Collection

OPEN 15 OCT 2018 – 25 JAN 2019
Mon-Fri, 9.00AM – 5.00PM

Please note the gallery will be closed from the 22nd December 2018 and will re-open on the 3rd January 2019

The Tactile Element exhibition offers a format to survey the textural works in the University of Waikato Art Collection. While textile comprised works make up only a small component of all acquisitions, artworks exploring what we could define as ‘the tactile element’, extend well beyond those made with fibre.

Textile as subject matter, inspiration, study or unconsidered inclusion is prevalent throughout all art mediums. Fabric is unconsciously painted in the clothes of portrait sitters and represented within domestic still life scenes. Folds of cloth are sculpted into a regal bronze bust or evoked in a contemporary ceramic work. Detailed photography can capture the intricate structure and visceral quality of a textural component and modern materials are often used to reinterpret the texture and pattern of customary fibre art. Non-fibre works have been interspersed throughout the display to provoke thought on this tactile element and on the origins and development of some forms of textile art.

When considering textile art, can this tactile element be felt, experienced and explored by more than that which is simply comprised of fibre? And when exploring the work of textile artists, what are the tactile elements that draw each to work or create inspired by this medium?

Fiona Pardington - Kereru Wings, Waiheke 2010, Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Fiona Pardington - Kereru Wings, Waiheke 2010, Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag
Arborist Andrew Harrison in his tree-top office Dame Rangimārie Hetet & Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa Korowai 1988 Weka, kererū and pheasant feathers, muka made from kohunga and taeore flax, dyed with hīnau, raurekau and tānekaha bark, hot ashes and mud. 1988