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Bob Nelson: Light Industry

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - June 14 @ 3:00 pm

Influenced primarily by the New Topographics movement (New York 1975), Bob investigates the geometric and colour permutations evident in the New Zealand industrial landscape. This ‘accidental abstraction’ has fascinated Bob and has been fuelled by his conviction that the everyday and common place is not without beauty and wonder, “it all depends on how you look at things”.

The source and inspiration for this exhibition were in the industrial zones of not just Auckland but those found in smaller provincial towns which according to Bob, “show a surprising variety in design and colour choice. These areas are often considered an eyesore, the so called blot on the landscape. But strong primary colours and general disregard for aesthetics are my preferred raw material from which I attempt to find order and beauty. I try to bring clarity to what might otherwise be seen as trite, banal or just downright ugly”.

This topical exhibition explicates the aesthetic tension between the industrial and the social in urban environments.

This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Since retirement, Bob has dedicated himself to photography as his primary interest. Using both digital and film cameras he has immersed himself in investigating and recording the visual impact of man made structures on the industrial, small town and rural environments of New Zealand.
He lives in Northcote Point with Sandra, his wife of 32 years. They have two adult sons living abroad.

To view more images of Bob’s photography, check out his Flickr page HERE.


Saturday 27 May to Wednesday 14 June

Main Gallery 1

Opening Saturday 27 May, 2 – 3:30pm


May 27 @ 2:00 pm
June 14 @ 3:00 pm
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Main Gallery