size: 155 x 93 mm
media: acrylic paint on ply laminate
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Exhibitions by Helen Calder
slip, hang, stack
2 - 26 march 2016
helen calder, hamish coleman, marie le lievre
three painters 18 november - 23 december 2015
helen calder, marie le lievre, eileen leung, ruth thomas-edmond
four painters: travelling in the world 5 - 30 october 2010
Concern with colour, form and how painting operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of Helen Calder's practice.
In her three-dimensional paintings, we are offered a direct physical and retinal engagement with the materiality of paint, its weight and colour. Here painting engages with the history of abstraction and pushes at its limits to adopt the terrain of sculpture. Space becomes the artist's canvas with her suspended paint skins, as she calls them, creating sensory compositions.
Based in Christchurch, Helen graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2003. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Chartwell Collection, the Fletcher Trust Collection and Simpson Grierson Collection.
Recent exhibitions have included Qualia 760-620 λ, Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington, 2014, Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker, curated by Justin Paton and Felicity Milburn, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014; and Unpainted, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin 2014.