Earth Matters

Earth Matters

Exhibition Details

Earth Matters includes work by artists who make reference to themes of global and environmental concern. It explores how we report on the world, and respond to our environment - either its physical matter or image proxy - with available technologies.

The artists in Earth Matters work in a variety of media from photography, to painting and sound-installation. They create images of our activity on earth, whether through the appropriation of news headlines, Google Earth's live imaging, or playing with pop-culture depictions of the globe.

Drawing on work from the contemporary collections of the Auckland Art Gallery, Earth Matters spans the last thirty years of art practice. The earliest work in the exhibition is a magnetic puzzle by regarded Swedish artist Öyvind Fahlström titled Section of a World Map from 1973, and more recently, from 2006, is an installation by New Zealand collective et al. titledMaintenance of Social Solidarity.

This eclectic array of work reveals how contemporary art typically responds to the world by depicting either sites of immediate locality (its soil and earth); sites of exchange, or a total picture of the globe, often with the comic realisation of the ineptitude of form to reveal the totality of our experience of earth.

Date
Curated by
Natasha Conland
Location
New Gallery
Cost
Free entry

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1975
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.2
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1975
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.3
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1975
Medium
C-type photograph
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.4
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.4

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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.5
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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.6

Ian Macdonald

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1975
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C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Ian Macdonald

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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.8
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.8

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1975
Medium
C-type photograph
Size (h x w)
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.9
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.9

Ian Macdonald

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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.12
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.12

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1975
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
Accession no
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.20
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.20

Ian Macdonald

Production date
1975
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
Accession no
2001/22/20
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.21
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.21

Ian Macdonald

Production date
1975
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
Accession no
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.22
Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.22

Ian Macdonald

Production date
1975
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
Accession no
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Whale Stranding at Muriwai Beach No.23
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Ian Macdonald

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1975
Medium
C-type photographic print
Size (h x w)
505 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2001
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Credit line
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Medium
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Credit line
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Michael Stevenson

Production date
2002
Medium
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Size (h x w)
600 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
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Michael Stevenson

Production date
2002
Medium
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Size (h x w)
600 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2006
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2001
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Credit line
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Production date
1998
Medium
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Credit line
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Phil Dadson

Production date
1984
Medium
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Size (h x w)
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
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Medium
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Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2007
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Michael Stevenson

Production date
2002
Medium
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Size (h x w)
600 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/10/46
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The Press. THE KIWI TAKES ILL. Monday. 26 OCTOBER 1987.
The Press. THE KIWI TAKES ILL. Monday. 26 OCTOBER 1987.

Michael Stevenson

Production date
2002
Medium
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Size (h x w)
600 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/10/5
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Star Weekender. NUCLEAR FREE NEW ZEALAND. Saturday. 14 NOVEMBER 1987.
Star Weekender. NUCLEAR FREE NEW ZEALAND. Saturday. 14 NOVEMBER 1987.

Michael Stevenson

Production date
2002
Medium
photocopy, screenprint and dye on paper
Size (h x w)
600 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/10/7
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Drum/Sing
Drum/Sing

Phil Dadson

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/11
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Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero
Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero

Phil Dadson

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/12
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Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D
Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D

Phil Dadson

Production date
1984
Medium
C-type print
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2005
Accession no
2005/22/13
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Maintenance of Social Solidarity - Instance 5
Maintenance of Social Solidarity - Instance 5

et al.

Production date
2006-2007
Medium
newspaper, chairs, lamp, lightbox, table, headphones, MP3 players, monitor, amplifiers, hard drive, speakers
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2008
Accession no
2007/35
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Flasher: #14 (Track)
Flasher: #14 (Track)

Adam Chodzko

Production date
2000
Medium
colour photograph
Size (h x w)
505 x 760 mm
Credit line
The Auckland Triennial Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/8/1
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Day for Night (Little Barrier Island) West
Day for Night (Little Barrier Island) West

Mladen Bizumic

Production date
2003
Medium
colour photograph from tungsten negative on aluminium
Size (h x w)
980 x 1160 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/26
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Clear Out
Clear Out

Eve Armstrong

Production date
2007
Medium
plastic rubbish bag, air, storage rack
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2007
Accession no
C2007/1/39/2
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Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero/Eye/Drum
Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero/Eye/Drum

Phil Dadson

Production date
1995
Medium
11 Audio tracks on CD
Size (h x w)
52min 28sec
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/17/7