JOHL DWYER & EMMA SMITH

Two Painters

12 February - 09 March 2013

JOHL DWYER
EMMA SMITH

Johl Dwyer’s new paintings continue his recent initiative of abandoning the canvas to work directly with its intrinsic support: the wooden stretcher frame. Somewhat in reverse, areas of pictorial ground are built up in layers of plaster and paint as the three-dimensional border is recast, reiterated, and eventually dissolved.

These abstracted patterns generate self-referential forms synonymous with the architecture of the gallery space while at the same time referencing the evanescent layers of paint, graffiti, and liquid leftovers visible in the street.

In a new development Dwyer’s Homage to Joseph Cornell incorporates the reverse of an abandoned artwork as the ‘frame within a frame’ of an entirely new piece, the reference to Cornell’s assemblages of everyday ephemera reflecting his belief that found materials can invigorate the objects with which they come in contact.

Dwyer’s processes of application and reduction – the layering, the sanding back, and the gilding of the paintings’ edges – expose the fact that his materials are sensitive to corrosion. They also hint at a cycle of revival and renewal whereby that which is discarded, or apparently exhausted, can be perpetually repaired, recycled, and revitalised.
Dwyer’s process is an investigation and a suggestion of new strategies for painting.

Anya Henis
February 2013

“The evolution of the idea for this body of work has been circuitous. I began documenting (with photography) areas of Oakley Creek near my home in Auckland. The area is historically and environmentally important but I was especially interested in the Mount Albert end, which is wild and jungle-like with still and murky pools of water.

Studies made from my photographs have resulted in a series of oils on canvas. The works are built up slowly. The gloss surfaces attempt to translate some of the still, reflective qualities of the site.”

Emma Smith
January 2013

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013


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Johl Dwyer
The Real Her
2013
plaster, acrylic, oil, 23K red gold, cedar
310mm H x 320mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Gateway
2013
plaster, acrylic, 23K gold, cedar
350mm H x 200mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Lilium
2013
plaster, acrylic, 12K white gold, cedar
250mm H x 150mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Hommage to Jospeh Cornell
2013
plaster, acrylic, gouache, cedar
230mm H x 443mm W x 70mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Syrup
2012
plaster, acrylic, pine
450mm H x 410mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Alice
2011
plaster, oil, acrylic, pine
450mm H x 400mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Mont White
2011
plaster, acrylic, cedar
650mm H x 550mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Gully
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Light Valley Roof
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Peeble
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Low Believing Stars
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Shark Song
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Tuck
2012
oil on canvas
305mm H x 245mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Salt Formed
2012
gouache and ink on card
470mm H x 360mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Freeze
2012
gouache and ink on card
470mm H x 360mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Simple Sun
2012
gouache and ink on card
470mm H x 360mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Midday Shadow
2012
gouache and ink on card
470mm H x 360mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Blue Club
2012
gouache and ink on card
470mm H x 360mm W (frame)
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
Orestes
2013
plaster, acrylic, cedar
550mm H x 500mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Mirror
2013
plaster, acrylic, cedar
650mm H x 550mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Tape
2012
found tyre, plaster, watercolour paper
500mm dia x 40mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Soap
2013
plaster, acrylic, 12K white gold, cedar
245mm H x 145mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Entombed
2013
plaster, acrylic, enamel, 24K gold, cedar
230mm H x 120mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Deuces
2012
plaster, acrylic, resin, cedar
315mm H x 260mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Dark Crevice
2012
plaster, acrylic, silver leaf, cedar
650mm H x 550mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
Shine
2013
plaster, acrylic, Japanese dyed silver leaf, cedar
650mm H x 550mm W x 20mm D
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View

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Johl Dwyer
EMMA SMITH
Two Painters
February 2013
Installation View