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Jack Trolove Gives Aucklanders A Sneak Peek of His Wellington Exhibition


Wellington based Jack Trolove is doing the sort of art I love. It’s tactile, and an almost sculptural use of paint which allows for a layered and pixilated image to be built up within the strong colours and impasto strokes. It’s so thick it stands up off the canvas. The colours can be unexpected and contrasting, ranging from recognizable fleshy tones to fluorescent and pop-like hues. It’s like candy for the eyeballs.

Later in September the man himself is coming to Auckland’s Whitespace Gallery in Ponsonby to give us jaffas a preview of what he has in store for Wellington.

Jack’s work explores the relationships between embodiment and liminal spaces, such as intergenerational memory and other states of in-between-ness. He approaches figurative work as a kind of remembering.

“Currently, I’m exploring the body’s skin as a seal for holding stories, using thick skins of paint to create human skins that are shed, broken and resealed during a simultaneously figurative and abstracting painting process.”

“I try to paint at that meeting place between absolute discipline and absolute looseness – but, in spite of trying to avoid it, I have to over-paint and destroy the work before it will meet me and we can start a conversation. The painting process feels deeply collaborative – I do half the painting and the painting does the other half. It’s that dance of trying to meet somewhere we can both agree on.”

Jack’s work can be found in public and private collections across New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

He will be opening his studio doors for a preview on August 26th before the show heads north. Jack’s solo exhibition at Whitespace Gallery in Auckland opens September 26th.

The Details

AUCKLAND: 26 September – 22 October 2017

Whitespace Gallery

12 Crummer Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm

WELLINGTON: Studio Preview (Wellington) Saturday 26 August

Contact Whitespace Gallery for an invite

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