"Von Tempsky, Life and Death" in Vanished Delft at the Pah

Chuck Joseph's "Von Tempsky, Life and Death" ceramic centrepiece will be exhibited in Vanished Delft, at The Wallace Arts Trust Gallery at the Pah Homestead, Hillsborough, Auckland. Curated by ANNA MILES and part of the AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, Vanished Delft "is an exhibition of contemporary objectmaking in rooms once home to one of New Zealand’s most extravagant collections of furniture and fittings...The Wallace Trust’s collection of Arts and Crafts furniture will be pressed into service to act as plinths to an extensive display of handmade material culture of a contemporary kind." Vanished Delft  14 March to 14 May 2017

Intellectual Fashion Show at the Gus Fisher Gallery 8 Oct - 5 Nov 2016

In 1959, artist June Black held an exhibition titled the Intellectual Fashion Show. It included paintings, ceramic wall sculptures and a provocative commentary, presenting the concept of an ‘intellectual fashion house’ framing fashion as a powerful tool for self expression and as armour to protect the self from the rigours of daily life, social hypocrisy and cultural expectations.   Louise Rive and Chuck Joseph have each responded in this 2016 exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery to June Black's 1959 metaphorical costumes. 

Louise Rive. Costume #47: Costume for wallowing in solitude. The wardrobe of a clay effigy contains a kit: empty coathangers, cotton wool and a roll of barbed wire. It is an expression of my ambivalence towards the state of solitude.

Chuck Joseph. Costume #19: Costume to be worn over a heavy heart. From a photograph of a refugee child on a windblown Mediterranean shore, a gold survival blanket over the child's shoulders like cloak and playing with a stick sword. The costume gave the scene an innocent beauty but masks a Heavy Heart.                                       

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Return from Gulgong

Chuck Joseph has just returned to Auckland from Clay Gulgong 2016 in NSW Australia where he was a member of a team of ceramicists and potters from New Zealand. Selected by curator and writer Moyra Elliott, the NZ 6 worked together on a concept and produced a major work which is to be fired and installed at the Mansfield farm, Morning View.  

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