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©2019 by Barry Ross Smith.

Archipelago - NKB Gallery  (solo show)

archipelago

: a sea or stretch of water having many islands.

We are islands in a sea There is a saying; you can’t enter the same river twice because new water is always flowing. You could also ask, what makes an island, an island? Is it the vast expanse of ocean that surrounds it, its location next to a larger continent or the land itself protruding above the tide-line? The ocean that surrounds us has currents that emcompase the entire globe, and all of the

land and islands that we can see and inhabit, are connected by the earth itself, the earth beneath our feet.

This series presents a variety of isolated islands, surveying a range of wild and domestic habitations. In each painting the oceans differ - the sky, the environment, the inhabitants, the time of day - all vary. They are a string of islands in flux; connected by change, demand and the relentless course of history and culture. The paintings can be viewed as theatrical tableau, reflective spaces, which highlight mankind’s communion with land, beast and the encompassing ocean.

Estranged - Depot Artspace.  (group exhibition)

the process took months to design, cut and arrange...

I am a member of a diverse group of international artists living in New Zealand. Here is a link to our group website Usan (Korean for Umbrella). We're a multi-disciplinary group who work in mediums such as Digital Presentations, Fire Kiln Ceramics, Installation, Sculpture and Painting.

Falling within the Fine Arts spectrum, our work is versatile, contemporary and with a worldly awareness and contextualisation. From a firm foundation that has evolved from the rigour of MFA study, we are multi-generational and multi-disciplinary. Peeling back the very existence of identity as diasporic Pacific Rim practitioners, our work represents the most current and heartfelt topics.

My project for the exhibition Estranged is my first sculpture/installation piece. It comprises of a large three metre long Orange Roughy fish (NZ's poster child for the fishing industry) fabricated from the Auckland City Council 60 litre rubbish bags. The bladder of plastic will be inflated with air and incorporate an air pump mechanism to inflate and release the trapped air in a rhythmic pattern to imitate breathing.For me, this work represents our relationship with the planet, the environment and the ocean. It's pollution is caused from the discarded remnants of our consumer society. Once I throw something away, discarded into the trash, it becomes invisible to me. I sometimes seem to be living as if unaware, separate and above other life forms, unthinking of the impact my privileged life is having upon my surroundings and the wildlife that shares this planet with me. Working title: the breath of the moon. The title comes from thinking about the interconnected nature of earth and the moon. How it is the gravitational pull of the moon that creates the motion in the sea, like a breath, the sea is the lungs of the earth and we are clogging it with plastic.

Our inargural exhibition was held at Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland New Zealand on the 30th September 2017.

MAGS Fine Art Show - Mount Albert Grammar School  (fundraising exhibition)

Pocket Edition - NorthArt Gallery  (group exhibition)

Northart’s highly anticipated annual Drawing and Works on Paper show brings together pieces by some of the gallery’s most accomplished and senior artists, including Robert Ellis, Garry Currin, Ross Ritchie, Alistair Nisbet-Smith and John Nicol. Also featuring this year in the popular exhibition – sponsored by Gordon Harris: The Art and Graphic Store – are painters Rosemary Theunissen, Sharon Vickers and Lindsey Kirk, amongst others.

Drawings - NorthArt Gallery  (group exhibition)

Northart’s highly anticipated annual Drawing and Works on Paper show brings together pieces by some of the gallery’s most accomplished and senior artists, including Robert Ellis, Garry Currin, Ross Ritchie, Alistair Nisbet-Smith and John Nicol. Also featuring this year in the popular exhibition – sponsored by Gordon Harris: The Art and Graphic Store – are painters Rosemary Theunissen, Sharon Vickers and Lindsey Kirk, amongst others.

Artist's Self Portraits - NorthArt Gallery  (group exhibition)

40th RSM Plunket Art Show - Aigantighe Art Gallery Gallery  (charity exhibition)