[g-gallery gid="14180"] ...
[g-gallery gid="14180"] ...
Chris Pole graduated from the University of Canterbury Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2002, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction.& ...
Chris Pole graduated from the University of Canterbury Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2002, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction. Pole is a Christchurch-based artist, having returned to New Zealand in early 2009 after two years living and working in the UK, and travelling through Europe, North Africa, the United States, and the Middle East.
Pole’s recent work consists of a series of detailed oil paintings and drawings. He has been selected for inclusion in two upcoming group surveys; Rolling Maul: New Art from Here at Christchurch Art Gallery (1), curated by Justin Paton, and Contemporary New Zealand Painting at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, curated by Jamie Hanton.
Pole recently staged a solo exhibition The future is not what it used to be atChambers@241, in Christchurch during 2011 (2), and was a finalist in the 2011 20th Annual Wallace Art Awards, and part of the touring exhibition which was staged at the Pah Homestead in Auckland and Dowse Art Gallery in Wellington. His recent work has been described as “… visually arresting but essentially enigmatic … acknowledg(ing) the history of the artist’s chosen medium while participating in very contemporary conversations. Chris Pole’s The Age of Wires reads like a frame snipped from an Italian neo-realist film. His uneasy geometry of the street suggests a moment caught in time, a fragmentary narrative which engages the viewer immediately. Pole’s ability to conjure up emotionally-charged architectural space is quite extraordinary.”
All of the paintings feature a somewhat flattened surface, a kind of ‘all-over’ effect that doesn’t favour depth of field. The foreground is treated the same as the distance, a quality also inherent in the drawings, which are made using one grade of pencil and little variation in mark-making. The slightly naïve quality of the works keeps them from being too realistic as depictions of place, but rather an imagined – and altered – reality.
The overlaid texts include literary references, allusions to song, and evocations of ‘ghosts’, ‘disappearances’ and ‘absences’, which add further layers of meaning to the work.
The paintings are underpinned by other ideas and offer various interpretations, with visual references to painters as diverse as Peter Doig, Edward Hopper, Mariotto Albertinelli, Ed Ruscha and Rita Angus.
2000 BFA (Honours), University of Canterbury
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otago Polytechnic School of Art
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 – Sideways in Reverse, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2011 The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, Chambers@241, Chambers@241, ChCh
2006 Recent Paintings: Chris Pole, Campbell Grant Galleries, ChCh
2004 on the bright side the glare is blinding, Centre of Contemporary Art, ChCh
2002 where the rain sinks into the earth, Centre of Contemporary Art,
2002 under a shroud of blue sky, SoFA Gallery, University of
Canterbury Campus, ChCh
2000 Kahurangi and the methods of translation, SoFA Gallery, University of Canterbury Campus
2013 Survey of Contemporary NZ Painting, Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin
2012 Rolling Maul: New Art From Here, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2012 A Book About Nothing Written By Nobody, Wayne Youle, Published by Suite Gallery, Wellington
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 A Wonderland, Cambers@241, Chambers@241
2006 Preview: 45 Contemporary Artists, Centre of Contemporary Art
2005 Activate: 45 Contemporary Artists, Centre of Contemporary Art
2005 On the Line, Centre of Contemporary Art
2003 25, Centre of Contemporary Art
2003 Roger Hickin, Chris Pole, Simon Edwards, and Mark Lander,
Centre of Contemporary Art
2003 Salon des Refuses, Jonathan Smart Gallery, ChCh
2003 Method and Transformation, Centre of Contemporary Art
2001 PAIN 01, City Art Space, ChCh
2011 Finalist, 20th Annual Wallace Art Awards
2010 Merit Award, Anthony Harper CoCA Art Awards
2006 Finalist, Parklane Art Awards, Auckland
2003 Merit Award, Lake Taupo Open Art Awards, Lake Taupo, Museum of Art and History
2002 Margaret Stoddart Prize, Centre of Contemporary Art
2001 Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship, University of Canterbury
1998 MainArt Art Award, Otago Polytechnic
2011 Rolling Maul, Felicity Milburn, Bulletin 165, Christchurch Art Gallery
2010 Christchurch, Jamie Hanton, Art New Zealand #135/Spring 2010,
2006 Two in the Abstract, Andrew Paul Wood, The Press, July 26th
2004 Art Beat, Christopher Moore, The Press, May 19th
2003 Salon des Refuses; Christchurch, Gina Irish,
Art New Zealand, #109/Summer 2003-04
2003 As far as the eye can see; Roger Hickin, Chris Pole, Simon
Edwards, and Mark Lander, Margaret Duncan, The Press, January 29th
2003 Art Beat, Christopher Moore, The Press, January 25th
2003 Method and Transformation, Warren Feeney, Centre of Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 24
2002 Menagerie of Styles, Dorothee Pauli, The Press, June 12th
2002 Photofeature, Bulletin of Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Winter 2002
2002 Living Landscapes, Dorothee Pauli, The Press, May 1st
2002 where the rain sinks into the earth, Cover, Centre of Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 21
1999 Artist seeks to portray the ideal, Richard Dingwall, Otago Daily Times, October 5th
1999 unless otherwise stated, Marcus Milk, Fink, Vol. 3, Issue 35