Exhibition Openings


Join Two Rooms for the openings of Jude Rae's Painting as Model and Lauren Winstone's Gathering and Scattering.

Two Rooms is very pleased to present a new suite of remarkable still life paintings by Jude Rae. As the artist has noted, “the still life studio functions as a laboratory of sorts, a space of stability where light can be controlled, and objects considered in relation to one another in the context of the painting at hand.” We comprehend Rae’s still lifes within the tradition of realism, one characterised by notions of honesty and precision, seen here through the contested prism of Modernism and a more contemporary sensibility. Each painting is a very specific kind of object: each a two-dimensional image depicting three-dimensional space, each also an object with its own specific material character, and existing within a rarefied history of objects. The non-narrative imagery Rae employs allows the attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of representational painting, encouraging a more reflective and considered approach to the complexities of visual experience. Paintings about painting itself.

Lauren Winstone’s new work returns to functional ceramics in the form of the lidded container. Stemming from a commission to create an urn, they are offshoots from the process of working on a funereal object and as a result they have a meditative and introspective quality. Although these containers are not specifically urns, something of the ritualistic quality is retained. In the artist’s pursuit of refining particular shapes, their remaking creates subtle changes. There is an evolution of form that parallels changes in perspective, and in doing so charts shifts on a personal level. Things let go of, things retained. A suite of drawings extends on this theme. Winstone spent time over spring and summer making automatic drawings; the forms emerging appear like abstracted versions of new growth. There is a tentative quality in their making, a very soft, ‘just-there’ rendering, a gentle approach that is at the heart of both the pot making and drawing processes.


  • Free


  • Thu 18 Mar


  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm


  • 16 Putiki Street
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, 1021