The Vivian in collaboration with Starkwhite, is proud to present a selection of works from Fiona’s latest series Midnight at the Crossroads.
A significant component of Fiona Pardington’s work is based on the objet trouvé, the found object repurposed for art. In this case the found objects are Tin types and press photos, paired with century old glass cullets unearthed and dug out of the defunct AKRO Agate factory in Akron, Ohio. Both carefully sourced over years with the artist’s discerning eye, they have collectable interest and beauty all of their own. Pardington combines the two in a new creation, placing glass on photograph and then taking a photograph of the counterpoint of ordinary and extraordinary, abstract and documentary, two and three dimensional. This brings the two into an unexpected relationship, forcing them to share the same objective plane of existence.
The results are startling and exquisite.
Organic forms of lustrous coloured glass seem like strange, extra-terrestrial Lovecraftian interlopers from the third dimension caught in otherwise mundane scenes of domesticity, ignored and unexceptional. In other images they recall the ectoplasms and auras of Spiritualist photography, hinting at a metaphysical reality normally just out of reach, behind the frozen window of the photograph. Iridescent globules erupt from people in old-fashioned clothes unnoticed, as if it happened every day. These jarring juxtapositions – the Unheimlich, as Sigmund Freud called it, the ordinary suddenly turned uncanny – is what gives these images their powerful frisson.
The Vivian would like to thank Dr Fiona Pardington, and Starkwhite, Auckland for the opportunity to present this extraordinary and magical body of work.
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Dr. Fiona Pardington MNZM
Chevalier de l'Ordre Française des Arts et des Lettres
(b. 1961, of Māori [Kai Tahu, Kati Waewae and Ngāti Kahungunu]; Scottish [Clan Cameron of Erracht]; MacDonald and O'Niell descent)
Fiona Pardington’s photography explores themes of memory, time, history, photographer and subject. By photographing taonga Māori (historical treasures), nature specimens and other museum artefacts, she revives their human and spiritual contexts, uniting postcolonial politics and reparative aesthetics.
Pardington has a Doctorate in Fine Arts from Auckland University and has received several laureates, fellowships, residencies, awards and grants. She was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by France in 2016 and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017. In 2015 she was honoured with a 30 year survey exhibition which toured museums in three New Zealand cities.
Her work has been included in many important international group exhibitions and biennials and is held in significant public collections including LACMA, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Midnight at the Crossroads
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