Alberton 1863, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
The Impossible Garden, Emma Bass.
As part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2020, an exhibition of richly decorative floral still lifes by photographer Emma Bass will feature in the grand 1870's ballroom at historic Alberton.
Bass's work examines the beauty of nature, blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage.
With photographed prints of 17th century Dutch and Flemish examples as a starting point - already ‘impossible bouquets’ constructed with elements from mismatched seasons and in distorted perspectives – are further embellished with both natural (real flowers, bees, butterflies) and man-made & mass-produced objects, amplifying their beguiling unreality. Gilded gold cut-outs inspired by Matisse further adorn the opulent surface of the images.
‘Exploring beauty though a manipulated lens’ the illusory perfection of the flower portraits fuse the heritage of the masters with a contemporary sensibility to recontextualise the genre in the 21st century.
Saturday 30 May to Sunday 30 August. FREE ENTRY. Normal admission fees apply to view the house (adults $10, children free)
*** TALK & TEA, Saturday 1 August, 2pm*** Learn more about Bass's 'floral portrait' photographs and her practice overall at this Artist Talk. Tickets: $15. Includes tea & scones and entry to explore the house. Bookings recommended. Contact Alberton YWxiZXJ0b24gfCBoZXJpdGFnZSAhIG9yZyAhIG56 or 846 7367.
Emma Bass is represented by Artis Gallery, Auckland.
About The Host: Alberton is a historic homestead in Auckland, New Zealand, built in 1863. Cared for by Heritage New Zealand, it is open to the public as a museum from Wednesday to Sunday and available for private hire.
Website Link: www.alberton.co.nz
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