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12.04 - 12.05 2024
Events & Exhibitions

The Streets Are Paved With Water – A New Exhibition at CoCA from Olivia Chamberlain and Sam Towse

12 April 2024 10:00am
/ In 'The streets are paved with water' Olivia Chamberlain and Sam Towse explore the surface of the city as their subject.
CoCA Toi Moroki, 66 Gloucester Street

In ‘The streets are paved with water’ Olivia Chamberlain and Sam Towse explore the surface of the city as their subject.

Responding to central Ōtautahi, they embrace walking as a methodology, each taking cues from their nuanced observations of the city, and reimagining its urban vocabulary. Sidewalks, road-markings and spray painted arrows provide shared starting points. Instead of everlasting fixtures defined by their utility, they are examined as elements of the urban landscape susceptible to shifts in perspective. Through their individual processes of making, the artists extrapolate and re-contextualize found materials, silhouettes, and forms, creating structured paintings on canvas – that in some cases expand onto the gallery wall – and wall-mounted concrete-based works.

Critical to these transformations is a sense that the city is never static, but open to be made and re-made through our own personal experiences and idiosyncratic navigations. For the artists, this process begins with walking – sharing routes, shortcuts and observations – and in revealing these to someone else, finding new legibility within the cityscape.

The exhibition opens 12 April at CoCA.

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