Recent Acquisitions

Fiona Connor - Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash, 2012

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor 'Object No. 1, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (bench)'
Object No. 1, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (bench)
2012
Mixed media

900 x 1570 x 450mm overall

As gift of the artist and Hopkinson Cundy.

 Documentation of Fiona Connor's 'Object No. 1, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (bench)'

Documentation of Object No. 1, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (bench)

As gift of the artist and Hopkinson Cundy.

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor 'Object No. 4, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (information sign)'
Object No. 4, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (information sign)
2012
Mixed media
2700 x 1200 x 100mm overall

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor 'Object No. 4, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (information sign)'
Documentation of Object No. 4, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (information sign)

Chartwell Collection - Documentation of Fiona Connor's 'Object No. 5, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (to beach sign)'
Object No. 5, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (to beach sign)
2012
Mixed media
740 x 850 x 140mm overall

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor 'Object No. 5, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (to beach sign)'
Documentation of Object No. 5, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (to beach sign)

Chartwell Collection - Documentation of Fiona Connor's 'Object No. 12, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (pay station)'
Object No. 12, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (pay station)
2012
Mixed media
1010 x 160 x 160mm overall

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor 'Object No. 12, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (pay station)'

Documentation of Object No. 12, Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash (pay station)

Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash

Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash is a major new project by Fiona Connor across two sites: a field on Wallace Road in Mangere, and the gallery at 1/1 Cross St. Connor’s outdoor installation (on a property called Mount Gabriel) is comprised of sculptures quoted from objects encountered in parks and outdoor recreational spaces. Brought together from isolated locations across the U.S.A and New Zealand, Connor’s custom-built replicas are condensed into an ad hoc sculpture park, or playground of vernacular forms.

The gallery houses a second set of objects, identical to the sculptures at Mount Gabriel. Positioned as ‘documentation’ they echo the form and scale of the outdoor works, but inevitably act differently within the confines of the gallery. The sculptures in Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash borrow from a diverse architectural language that prescribes how we navigate the natural landscape, the mythic ‘great outdoors’. They are common forms that would typically go unnoticed – such as park benches, barriers and water fountains – but here Connor asks us to pay a different kind of attention.

Confronted with these bi-located objects, the viewer must negotiate between a reading of what is presented and an imagined response to the original, once, twice and three times removed. Connor's project disintegrates the boundaries of aesthetic experience, offering multiple viewpoints from which vernacular forms might be read through the lens of art history, and vice versa.

Connor’s sculptures are already shadows of things that live on elsewhere. The ‘original’ objects exist silently in remote locations, aging and eventually breaking down in nature. Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash builds a curiously layered metaphor for art’s processes that addresses both the historical problem of documentation, and the inherent tension between the museum’s methodological insistence on preservation and perpetuation, and the vitality, instability and flux of art’s life outside.

Fiona Connor’s installation practice presents collections of forms quoted from existing architectural languages. Recent projects have documented vernacular structures or objects from outside the gallery, while others investigate the architecture and display mechanisms of the museum itself. Connor’s work explores, within a sustained dialogue between location and representation, how specific environments condition our perception of objects.

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor's Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash, 2012, installation view: Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland

Chartwell Collection - Fiona Connor's Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash, 2012, installation view: Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland

Mount Gabriel, Ruby and Ash, 2012
Installation view: Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland

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