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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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

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

plate oh! rayner brother’s gallery, whanganui

Posted in ceramics, drawing, exhibitions, objects, Uncategorized by catherine macdonald on December 11, 2016

if you are in whanganui over the next weeks check this out:Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 1.54.41 pm.png

visit their facbook page for further info:

https://www.facebook.com/raynerbrothers/

 

here’s my contributions front:

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and here’s its back:

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one hit wonders, space studio and gallery, whanganui

Posted in exhibitions, furniture, objects, plywood by catherine macdonald on December 1, 2016
Space Studio & Gallery invites you to...
One Hit Wonders

36 artists...one work each

Nicola Gregory/ Stanley Manthyng/ Graham Hall/ Craig Sharp/ Leonie Sharp/ 
Pam Sears/ Glen Hayward/ Sheila Pearson/ Cat Sleyer/ Cecelia Kumeroa/ 
Tracey Piercy/ Deanna Randell/ Carmen Simmonds/ Katherine Claypole/ 
Becka Lee briggs/ Ivan Vostiner/ Sandra Louwrens de Kock/Su Hendeles/ 
Rachael Garland/ Tom Turner/ Nevanah Turner/ Vanessa Edwards/ Triona Coonihan/ 
Stacey Hildreth/ Mark Rayner/ MB Stoneman/ Lindsay Marsh/ Emma Cunningham/ 
Frances Stachl/ Lynn Hurst/ Paul Rayner/ Tom Seaman/ Catherine Macdonald/ Si Omer/ 
Jack Marsden Mayer/ Hemi Kiwikiwi

Opens 5.30pm, this Saturday, 3rd December

Viewing until 16th December

more details available on the gallery website:
http://spacestudiogallery.co.nz


I have the following work taking part:

table, 2016

table, 2016

table, 2016

table, 2016




guest artist – tree object space desire, whanganui

Posted in ceramics, drawing, exhibitions, objects by catherine macdonald on March 18, 2016
The following are some installation shots of the 
tiles I collaborated on with David Murray
tree tiles

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They are on show at tree gallery in whanganui.  
More details on the gallery can be found
on these sites:
tree website
tree facebook


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whanganui artists open studios, whanganui

Posted in collage, drawing, exhibitions, furniture, objects, paper, prints, typography, writing by catherine macdonald on March 7, 2016
Opening exhibition is friday 11th march @ whanganui arts @ the centre from 5.30:
community arts centre website
Studios are open 10am-4pm each day over these two week ends:
12th-13th and 19th-20th March
more info can be found here:
whanganui artists open studios website

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skullicious, rayner brothers gallery, whanganui

Posted in drawing, exhibitions, objects by catherine macdonald on December 1, 2015
Opens Dec 4th @ 5.30pm:
my piece in the show is below:
skull with forget-me-nots, 2015, pencil and paint on ceramic.
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skull

skull

skull

skull

 


	

new in the studio, whanganui

Posted in drawing, furniture, objects by catherine macdonald on March 27, 2015
here are a few shots of recent makings in the studio:

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Lamp - Still to be wired up.

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Candle stick holders - fully adjustable
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new blocky table - with its kin.
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restackable draw unit
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two new drawn cabinets.


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Whanganui Artists Open Studios – 2015

Posted in drawing, exhibitions, furniture, objects, prints, typography by catherine macdonald on March 27, 2015
Last weekend to go
here's a link to the facbook site:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-Open-Studios-Whanganui/288563301221

and here are some shots of my studio all set up. . . . 
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