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14.10 - 04.11 2023

Capture and Release – Kate McLeod at Rei Gallery

14 October 2023 11:00am
/ Rei Gallery, Lyttelton, presents Kate McLeod's 'Capture and Release' solo show
Rei Gallery, Lyttelton

About Capture and Release

Kate McLeod explains: “Each year I choose a one-word intention. This year’s word is ‘release’. Release  represents several things: releasing those things that no longer serve me; releasing my creations into  the care of others; releasing predisposed assumptions; releasing the viscous paint across the surface of the canvas; releasing the breath caught deep in my chest.”

“This habit of setting a one-word intention started a few years back when I became disillusioned with  setting the same long list of New Year’s resolutions each year (and not achieving them). So now I set a one-word intention, to simplify and focus on what I want to improve. Release was a response to a  feeling of blockage I had. Painting is the way through for me. Because on the other side of the struggle there is flow. Some days it comes fast. Some slow. Some not at all. Flow is elusive but the more I train  the more I find it”.

“My painting practice grounds me in the physical, grounds me in nature. Setting an intention for each  artwork is an important part of my process. It’s the process that keeps me coming back for more. The  process of putting energy to canvas and creating a new reality that didn’t exist before. Energy captured as a tangible moment in time.”

“I make a mark, then wait for its response. Painting is a two-way conversation. It’s like a giant puzzle that needs to be solved. The challenge of solving the puzzle keeps me coming back for more. Capture then  release. Capture then release.”

About the Show

Capture and Release will run from October 14th – November 4th, 2023, at Rei Art Gallery, 10b Norwich Quay, Lyttelton. Rei Gallery is on Robert Forbes Lane, next door to Hope River Pies.

McLeod will be in residence at Rei Gallery each day for conversation and will also be creating an artwork that develops throughout the show. (Except 25 Oct, 29 Oct, 2 Nov).

Opening hours are Weds – Sun 11am-2pm. Entry is free. All welcome.

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