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February Feature – Regan Gentry

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rather than fill up your inboxes with more gallery listings, we thought we would use our enews bulletin to introduce a few of the people that make the visual art community tick.

Each month we plan to feature a different artist, gallerist, curator, commentator or collector and tell you a little more about them and their most recent work.

Our inaugural bulletin features sculptor, Regan Gentry whose exhibition, Floating, opens at Whitespace (Auckland) on 14 February. The pumice life preserver seems somehow an apt symbol for Auckland’s rough and ready summer…

Note, you can still keep up to date with what’s on in the region’s leading galleries simply by clicking on the links below.

Jennifer Buckley
Director – Auckland Art Fair


 

REGAN GENTRY

Regan Gentry is a young artist with an impressive list of exhibitions under his belt.

After graduating with a BFA from Otago University in 2000, he began his exhibition career with a project called ‘Foot in the Door’, which involved the installation of a 12” ruler in the doorway of more than 100 galleries and art spaces across New Zealand and Australia.

Many of his projects have been realized in public spaces: Green Islands, the inaugural installation on the 4 plinths in the forecourt of Te Papa; Flour Power, a massive steel wheat which withstood two of Christchurch’s earthquakes, and Harbour Mouth Molars, a set of six geologically scaled wisdom teeth that appear to have erupted from the ground at Otago Harbour.

Working with skill and confidence in a diverse range of media and scales, from trees made from No.8 wire, a 15m tall sheaf of wheat made from power poles, to colonial tools and furniture carved from gorse, Regan brings an element of humour and surprise to all of his work. Floating, his forthcoming exhibition at Whitespace, features finely carved pumice.

Fascinating to see what he comes up with after 3 months in the bush as the McCahon House Artist in Residence later in 2012!

For more information about Regan’s exhibition, contact www.whitespace.co.nz

For a full list of his projects and biography, see www.regangentry.com

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