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Home Sweet Home
Works from the
Peter Fay collection

 

11 October – 18 January 2004

Gallery | Article

Laurence ABERHART | Moreporks (Bird Skins Room no. 2) Taranaki St, Wellington, 3 October 1995 | 1995, printed 2000 Laurence ABERHART Moreporks (Bird Skins Room no. 2) Taranaki St, Wellington, 3 October 1995 1995, printed 2000
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The gaze of the birds is so intense and it's so still; they're so real; they're there, and yet the grouping and the clustering is a museum thing. They really do put an edge on me…
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Slim BARRIE | Lady driver | 2000 Slim BARRIE Lady driver 2000
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It's made out of cardboard, and decorated in the most idiosyncratic way. It also doubles as a penholder. Slim's a great one for making sure that we've always got a pen, because, as he says, you never know when you'll want one…
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Ken BOTTO | Deep shadows | 1983 Ken BOTTO Deep shadows 1983
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Within the dynamic of the photograph, which of course stops things dead, the great sense of energy and ongoing drama continues. it combines all of our own senses of 'shark', especially with the Australian dynamic…
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Dallas BRAY | Hairy man | 1992 Dallas BRAY Hairy man 1992
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It's got an ape-like look to it, and yet it's obviously one of us. It's quite an unnerving piece, because everything about it is so 'bad', and yet there's a magic that comes through…
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Bill CULBERT | Yellow still life | 1989 Bill CULBERT Yellow still life 1989
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It is a theme that runs through this collection; it's the way in which the found, the discarded; the refuse of life… the detritus… There are artists out there who can turn that so simply, at just a turn, into something that is so beautiful and is so poetic, and never attempting to disguise what those objects are…
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Leo CUSSEN | Xena | 2000 Leo CUSSEN Xena 2000
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This square, the text, and the black object are vying for attention, vying for story telling. Whose story is it here that we are looking at? What is the relationship of the so-called 'dimension of television'; of these fake characters, in our own lives?
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Rosalie GASCOIGNE | Down to the silver sea | 1981-82 Rosalie GASCOIGNE Down to the silver sea 1981-82 2002.129
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I was very fortunate to meet Rosalie. I met Rosalie at a time when I had left teaching and was starting to make work myself, and had struggled with painting, which I was not happy with, and it wasn't right for me…
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Shaun GLADWELL | Storm sequence | 2000 Shaun GLADWELL Storm sequence 2000 Videography: Techa Noble
Soundtrack: Kazumichi Grime
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Shaun rang me to say that the work was finished, and that it was a video. I thought 'Oh, dear oh dear' My heart sank. But I thought 'No, this is good. I've got to support this, and I've got to be interested'… and he showed me this most extraordinary video piece of his skateboarding…
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Fiona MacDONALD | Five paces | 1989 Fiona MacDONALD Five paces 1989 2002.132
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Fiona was a young artist, along with a lot of young artists who were showing in the Mori Gallery in Sydney. And this was a work for a show which was site specific, at Elizabeth Bay House, in Sydney…
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Robert MACPHERSON | Robert MACPHERSON "Mayfair: Fresh Cut, 2 Frog Poems and a Rose for William Neaves" 1998
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MacPherson's work I have looked at for a long, long time. This particular work; I've never really looked upon it as being an image of a vase of flowers. To me this is very much a painting about painting. I mean, there's the whole history of the Black Square. To me this is a painting about mark-making, and what it is that an artist does…
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Noel McKENNA | Lost, Heathcliff | 2001 Noel McKENNA Lost, Heathcliff 2001
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Here is this dog… someone's pet… lost. And what Noel has done here is to recreate in paint the dynamic of the poster, mainly that which has come into play since home computers and desktop publishing…
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Lisa REID | Self-portrait at three months | 2002 Lisa REID Self-portrait at three months 2002
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I've only really discovered her work within the last six months, but I've recognised in her an extraordinary talent… and her painting of herself at three months; the moment I saw that… I just think that is nothing short of a masterpiece…
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Ava SEYMOUR | White wedding, Invercargill | 1997 Ava SEYMOUR White wedding, Invercargill 1997
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She was attacked for denigrating welfare housing by suggesting that people of extraordinary sortof physical dimensions lived in these buildings. I had exactly the opposite response. When I saw this photograph it was my parents' wedding…
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Gina SINOZICH | Poppy field | 2002 Gina SINOZICH Poppy field 2002
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There was this poppy piece; luminous, large, crying out amongst this host of landscapes, and personal dilemmas, and dioramas… and here was this piece that was just so lovingly beautiful. Yes, they were poppies, but they were something else…
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Val SUTHERLAND | Shell doll | 2000 Val SUTHERLAND Shell doll 2000
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Val is a New Zealand artist who lives in the sort of hinterland of the North Island, and almost through a rural isolation and very straightened circumstances which she lives, is somebody whose whole culture comes out of television…
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Ricky SWALLOW | Clockman | 1998 Ricky SWALLOW Clockman 1998
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it is, I think, a great testimony to the artist's skill, to be able to be so playful, and yet at the same time there's the sense of the imprisoned character behind this sort of 'clock face'. It's a lovely, little moment that has a very big metaphysical dynamic to it…
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Pat THOMPSON | Pink | 1972 Pat THOMPSON Pink 1972
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When I faced the bushfires in 1994, with a policeman knocking on the door saying I had ten minutes to get out of the house, I took three objects with me and Pink was the first thing into the car..
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Ken WHISSON | Dark sail | 1967 Ken WHISSON Dark sail 1967
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He's got an extraordinary mind for detail; he remembers at seventeen being in Nolan's studio when Nolan was painting his really great works, so there are lots of sort of references back into other objects and other paintings in the collection through Ken, and he's a great repository that way, but I just think this painting is an absolute 'key'…
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Dr Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia, interviewed Peter Fay about a selection of works from his collection represented in Home Sweet Home. Images of the works, along with audio excerpts from the interview and transcriptions are all available below.

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Essay by Dr Deborah Hart

A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition