Snake Oil: Chartwell Acquisitions 2002-5

Snake Oil: Chartwell Acquisitions 2002-5

Exhibition Details

Rob Gardiner established the Chartwell Collection back in 1974. It now includes more than 800 works by New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists, with more works being added constantly. It is a very contemporary collection, keeping pace with new developments. The Collection is a great resource in exploring the similarities, differences and interchange between the arts of the two countries. Indeed, the Collection has been a key player in fostering the integrated Australasian art scene we now take for granted.

Snake Oil showcases a selection of acquisitions made since 2002, with an emphasis on younger artists. It features work by Hany Armanious, Guy Benfield, Stephen Birch, Mladen Bizumic, Stella Brennan, Steve Carr, Michael Harrison, Sara Hughes, Simon Ingram, Giovanni Intra, Peter Madden, Liz Maw, p mule [dr] et al., Seung Yul Oh, Martin Thompson, Yvonne Todd, Ronnie Van Hout and Rohan Wealleans. The show takes its title from Hany Armanious' work Untitled Snake Oil. In this piece colourful objects recalling jellies, cupcakes and toadstools are displayed on top of unturned drinking glasses. They are in fact casts made from those glasses' interior spaces. They were made using the miraculous versatile casting medium Hot Melt vinyl, which Armanious has pet-named 'snake oil', suggesting an elixir, a wild-west cure-all, a hoax. Together the shapes on their stands operate as a family or community of comic characters: some blunt, some pointy; some graceful, some squat. Recalling the metallurgists, alchemists and charlatans of old, Armanious evokes the - possibly miraculous, possibly bogus - power of art.

Date
Location
New Gallery
Cost
Free entry

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Untitled Snake Oil
Untitled Snake Oil

Hany Armanious

Production date
2003
Medium
hotmelt, glass
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/45
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Hauturu Doc (with soundtrack 'Adagio Under My Thumb' by the Rolling Stones)
Hauturu Doc (with soundtrack 'Adagio Under My Thumb' by the Rolling Stones)

Mladen Bizumic

Production date
2003
Medium
computer animation transferred to video, single channel, standard definition (SD), 4:3, black and white, stereo sound
Size (h x w)
1min 44sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/29
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Tuesday, 3 July 2001, 10:38am
Tuesday, 3 July 2001, 10:38am

Stella Brennan

Production date
2001-2002
Medium
needlepoint embroidery
Size (h x w)
860 x 1150 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2005
Accession no
C2005/1/15
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Tyson
Tyson

Steve Carr

Production date
2002
Medium
single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, silent
Size (h x w)
1min 59sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/47
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Rock Chick
Rock Chick

Michael Harrison

Production date
2001-2002
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
295 x 210 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/22/1
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Drunk Chimp
Drunk Chimp

Ronnie van Hout

Production date
2002
Medium
fibreglass, paint, found objects (clothing and shoes), LCD screen, wireless transmitter, portable speaker system, video (single channel, standard definition, 4:3, colour, stereo sound)
Size (h x w)
9min 37sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/34
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Untitled (Studded Suit)
Untitled (Studded Suit)

Giovanni Intra

Production date
1990
Medium
wool, polyester, metal studs
Size (h x w)
1600 x 560 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Chartwell Collection, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/43
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Leave
Leave

Peter Madden

Production date
2004
Medium
leather shoes & found images
Size (h x w)
100 x 280 x 285 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/27/1
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the creative act
the creative act

dr p mule

Production date
2003
Medium
mixed media
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/40
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Chlora
Chlora

Yvonne Todd

Production date
2001
Medium
LED print
Size (h x w)
990 x 835 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/19
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Quiet Rocks 2004
Quiet Rocks 2004

Rohan Wealleans

Production date
2004
Medium
acrylic, plastic bags, board
Size (h x w)
1650 x 1220 x 70 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/18
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Satan
Satan

Liz Maw

Production date
2003
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
1800 x 1400 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/42
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Cosmos (2nd version)
Cosmos (2nd version)

Stephen Birch

Production date
2004
Medium
silicon and transparent synthetic polymer resin, oil paint
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/6.1-11
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Frictionless painting (social colour)
Frictionless painting (social colour)

Simon Ingram

Production date
2003
Medium
oil on linen, 12 inch Apple G4 PowerBook, video (single channel, standard definition, 4:3, colour, silent)
Size (h x w)
46min 16sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/10
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Untitled
Untitled

Martin Thompson

Production date
late 20th century
Medium
felt pen on paper
Size (h x w)
390 x 560 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001
Accession no
C2001/1/19
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Untitled
Untitled

Martin Thompson

Production date
late 20th century
Medium
felt pen on paper
Size (h x w)
390 x 560 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001
Accession no
C2001/1/20
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RAM
RAM

Sara Hughes

Production date
2004
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
2000 x 2000 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/32
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Magnetism
Magnetism

Michael Harrison

Production date
2002
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
295 x 210 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/22/3
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Hot Pursuit
Hot Pursuit

Michael Harrison

Production date
2001-2002
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
295 x 210 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/22/2
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Ram Mount
Ram Mount

Peter Madden

Production date
2004
Medium
found object & found images
Size (h x w)
300 x 250 x 200 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/27/2
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The Ability to Blow Themselves Up
The Ability to Blow Themselves Up

Seung Yul Oh

Production date
2005
Medium
single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, stereo sound
Size (h x w)
23min 9sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2005
Accession no
C2005/1/13
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Head-Painting (Asbestos Tracking in Hi Red Center 1972)
Head-Painting (Asbestos Tracking in Hi Red Center 1972)

Guy Benfield

Production date
1998
Medium
single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, stereo sound
Size (h x w)
1min 8sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2004
Accession no
C2004/1/1