Additions + Alterations presents new work by Wellington-based artist Emily Hartley-Skudder, alongside a selection of works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s contemporary collection. Using the notion of re-framing or re-positioning as a thematic tool, each collection work sits within an environment designed by Hartley-Skudder, conceived specifically for the work which inhabits it. Hartley-Skudder’s interventions subvert and reframe the gallery’s typical aesthetic, drawing on her interests in design language and the domestic, notions of representation, commodification and the artificial or constructed.
The eight works drawn from the Gallery’s permanent or long-term loan collections represent acquisitions made over the recent period, reflecting key patrons and donations, as well as outcomes of the Gallery’s exhibition and residency programmes. These works, by Nick Austin, Kushana Bush, Steve Carr, Fiona Connor, Michael Parekowhai, Yvonne Todd, Erica van Zon and Kawita Vatanajyankur, all shift the framework of their subject matter in some way. From redefining the role of the human body, to providing an alternative representation of form, these works explore the impacts of context, reproduction, materiality and function within contemporary practice.