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Becks Ireland & Caitlyn Manning: Palpable Layers

January 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am February 1, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Image of "A second pair of pants" by Becks Ireland

Becks Ireland & Caitlyn Manning: Palpable Layers

21 – 31 January 2023

Opening: Saturday 21 January, 2 – 4pm

This arresting exhibition combines the emerging practices of painters Becks Ireland and Caitlyn Manning, artists whose work vibrates with bold colour and the contrast of linear constructions in paint with fluid movement and rhythm.

Becks Ireland presents Girlboss: Undercover, a series of abstract paintings that document the imposter syndrome that comes with getting a corporate job after art school. Taking an almost “day in the life” approach to documentation, common in the “entrepreneurial grindset” internet sphere, the daily antics of an artist undercover are recorded through a daily painting practice.

Girlboss: Undercover is a humorous exploration of the shared common ground between artists and corporates which consists mostly of stationery and office supplies. 

Caitlyn Manning encourages the viewer to slow down and participate in an unchartered journey with each painting in an attempt to digest and reform their complex surfaces; offering possibility for new aesthetic experiences, but also affectual experiences to occur. Her series Palpable Layers presents a new suite of acrylic abstract paintings on paper and canvas that embody juxtapositions, pulsating colours, and rhythmic gestures. Crossing the threshold between Painting and The Everyday, Palpable Layers reminds us that colour and gesture are at the core of how we encounter the world as beings.

About the Artists

Becks Ireland is a painter whose practice centres experiences of joy and imaginative play to inform her work. Her work is a visual amalgamation of board games, video games, and early 2000s nostalgia. She has recently completed a Master of Visual Arts at AUT.

Caitlyn Manning (b. 1995) recently graduated with a Master of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology (2021). She now works as an Art Educator and paints from her home studio in Kumeū, Tāmaki Makaurau. Caitlyn works in an intuitive way, pushing and testing her relationship with painting whilst spending time to allow for qualities to emerge, take hold, and reshape any mulling ideas into a new light.

28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Auckland, 0624 New Zealand
09-963 2331
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