the latest thing by catherine macdonald

the jar room, sarjeant gallery, whanganui

Posted in exhibitions, objects by catherine macdonald on September 16, 2017
Here are my pieces in the mass group show organised by artist Lauren Lysaght and the Sarjeant Gallery:

lauren lysaght – the jar room

9 september – 3 december 2017

When multi-disciplinary artist Lauren Lysaght approached the Sarjeant with the idea of filling our object-based gallery at the i-SITE with hundreds of jars, I must admit I thought the idea was mad. Her pitch was simple: ask members of the public to fill empty recycled glass jars with shining metallic materials to be displayed en masse, it was the scope that I found daunting. It wasn’t until after that first meeting when I was walking up the stairs to the staff offices at Sarjeant on the Quay, that I noticed a quote written in vinyl on the wall that I had read many times before, but now more than ever it seemed to have renewed meaning:

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it” – Albert Einstein

The quote’s first appearance at the Sarjeant was in 2012, again in vinyl on the wall of Glenn Burrell’s exhibition Operation Fizz. From there, it was picked up as a sort of inspirational slogan by our Curator and Public Programmes Manager Greg Donson, who installed it on the wall at the top of the stairs for all to see.

Although Einstein was thinking from a scientific perspective – the quote works well for a project such as The Jar Room. An idea which at first seemed outrageous quickly became a truly satisfying and delightful project, especially helped by working with an artist as dedicated to pushing the boundaries as Lysaght. The artist has a long history of community-based projects, and has spent her career working with different groups across the community. For this project we worked with Playcentre and kindergarten groups, a rest home art class, a mental health support group, an inclusive art group, and both school and tertiary classes.

This exhibition has certainly achieved the initial goal of filling the gallery space with jars; we now have hundreds of jars filled with a vast array of shining metallic materials by countless members of the local community. But something else happened during the process of collecting all of these jars, we got to work with the different groups in our community and create what I see as a truly collaborative installation. I’d say that’s a pretty successful outcome, and not so absurd after all.

Jessica Kidd
Assistant Curator

(text from sarjeant.org.nz)

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blue, rayner brothers gallery, 85 glasgow st, whanganui

Posted in books, exhibitions, paper, prints by catherine macdonald on September 16, 2017

a couple of shots of the works in place:

Print =
it was the day he first met his shadow face to face
monoprint, 2017

it was the day

Book = run boy run flip book, 2017 

run boy run

blue works

 

 

 

 

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blue, rayner brothers gallery, 85 glasgow st, whanganui

Posted in books, exhibitions, paper, prints by catherine macdonald on September 11, 2017
opening this friday . . . . . .

blue there’s a new print and a new flip book taking part.

 






 

 

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one hit wonder, space studio & gallery, whanganui

Posted in drawing, exhibitions, furniture by catherine macdonald on August 20, 2017
Space Gallery Website
I have a table taking part in the following:


Space Studio & Gallery warmly invites you to...

One Hit Wonder

20 Artists/1 Work



(drawing by margaret silverwood)

One Hit Wonder

Experience the creative delights of Winter Wonderfest 
with this dynamic exhibition featuring a host of 
local talent:

Frances Stachl/ Nicola Gregory/ Craig Sharp/ Leonie Sharp/ 
Jodi Clark/ Kaye Coombs/ Sandra Grieve- The Felted Room/ 
Margaret Silverwood (Featured above)/ Rachael Garland/ 
Mark Rayner/ Cecelia Kumeroa/ Mike Marsh/ Paul Rayner/ 
Sandy De Kock/ Glen Hutchins/ Catherine Macdonald/ 
Leigh Anderton-Hall/ Eva Harkness/ Lynn Hurst/ 
Amy Blackburn

Opens 5.30pm, this Saturday, 19th August

Viewing until 1st September

Space Studio & Gallery

64 Taupo Quay, Whanganui, 4500
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on paper, solander gallery, wellington

Posted in exhibitions, paper, prints by catherine macdonald on May 25, 2017
Review on the Solander show in the Wellington paper 
"Regional News" issue 16-30 May 2017 by Susan Barker.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a couple more images from the show:

 

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on paper, solander gallery, wellington

Posted in exhibitions, paper, prints by catherine macdonald on April 17, 2017
up coming exhibition, feel free to come along:

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artists open studios, 2017, whanganui

Posted in books, drawing, exhibitions, furniture, objects, paper, plywood, prints, Still Life, typography by catherine macdonald on March 24, 2017
studios open this weekend throughout whanganui 

march 25th &26th and april 1st & 2nd - 10am - 4.30pm

more info available here:

http://openstudios.co.nz

and

https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsOpenStudiosWhanganui/

here's some shots of my studio all set up:

studio works

studio works

studio works

studio works

studio works

studio works

studio works

2017 belton, smith & associates ltd whanganui arts review , sarjeant gallery

Posted in drawing, exhibitions, furniture by catherine macdonald on March 16, 2017
more info here:

http://www.sarjeant.org.nz/gallery/2017-belton-smith-associates-ltd/

I have this work taking part:

arts review 2017

 

 

 

 

 

artists open studios, 2017, whanganui

Posted in books, drawing, exhibitions, furniture, objects, paper, plywood, prints, Still Life, typography by catherine macdonald on March 16, 2017
studios open throughout whanganui over the weekends of

march 25th &26th and april 1st & 2nd

more info available here:

http://openstudios.co.nz

and

https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsOpenStudiosWhanganui/

artists open studios

An Artist’s Response, space studio & gallery, whanganui

Posted in books, drawing, exhibitions, paper by catherine macdonald on February 17, 2017
I'm taking part in this show - part of whanganui's La Fiesta - opening event tonite.

 

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Show contains artistic response's to anonymous 6 word memoirs written by local 
women as part of the 2016 festival
Here's and image of my piece: (note: it contains bad language 
- in my defence it's a quote)

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Name: Catherine Macdonald

Title: FUCK OFF NOW!/please don’t leave

Year: 2017

Medium: Book - double sided

Price: $ 30.00 each

Dimensions: 90mm x 63mm x 15mm (h x w x d)

Memoir: FUCK OFF NOW! please don’t leave

Statement: FUCK OFF NOW! please don’t leave. For me these six words sum up 
how contradictory love and relationships can be.  How in one person can be 
someone you never want to see again but also be afraid to live without. 
These seemingly opposing thoughts can exist back to back.  I’ve chosen to 
create a small palm sized book that contains scenes from daily life, the 
little things, the discarded, the overlooked, that create the memories 
and reminders of time spent.