SPECIMENS

Sanderson Contemporary • 23 May - 11 June

Opens 5:30pm, Tues 23 May
Hours 10 - 6pm Mon-Fri, 10 - 4pm Sat - Sun
Where Osborne Lane, 2 Kent St, Newmarket
  09 520 0501
  www.sanderson.co.nz
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Artists Meighan Ellis
Theme Exhibitions

SPECIMENS, derived from the Latin verb specere ‘to look’ presents the photographer’s ongoing fascination and pleasure in looking –– specifically at the model/subject which has been the focus of Ellis’ art practice for over two decades alongside an ongoing inquiry into the form/object. 

The history of looking and visual pleasure is embedded firmly within the canon of photography and a femininised gaze is a frequently called-upon trope in the artists’ lens based image making, whereas her curiosity for the object stems from a more recent direction into sculpture, working with earthenware and porcelain.

Within this forthcoming exhibition SPECIMENS displays a sample of an updated taxonomy of masculine ‘types’ and collected objects via the photographic portrait and the still-life. The artist locates their shared indexical traits similar to the lepidopterist or petrologist who collects, surveys and archives species.



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MeighanEllisStratumIII

Meighan Ellis - Stratum III - 2016