Umbrella is a group of Master of Fine Arts Graduates who graduated from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in 2010-11 in Auckland and consists of Barbara Smith, Rowan Belcher, Monica Seo, Ken Martin, Barry Ross Smith, Elsa Lye, Gitte Steen-Andersen and Julie Woodward.
United by the fact that they studied together for over two years and some as undergraduates prior to that period – they have stayed together since and have become a new phenomenon in New Zealand’s art scene.
We all experience what it is like to be ‘Estranged’ whether it is by nature of origin or genetic difference, through societal causes, or the internet world – at some point in our lives, we experience being on the outside.
Estranged will encompass works that have evolved as a result of years of planning and collaborating both individually and collectively. Collectively, Umbrella have worked to elucidate the title, a serendipitous term on this occasion, Estranged reflects how we may be experiencing the world now and how we identify in a world of change.
Umbrella will also be joined by a special guest exhibitor – visual artist and photographer, Denise Batchelor.
Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 18 October
Opening Saturday 30 September, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
For a behind the scenes look at contributing artist Barry Ross Smith’s sculpture/installation click here
This exhibition is part of Artweek Auckland