• Joyce Campbell

The first substantial presentation of artist Joyce Campbell’s photo- and media-based practice, On the Last Afternoon was first held at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi in 2019 and now tours to Auckland. The exhibition was originally developed in dialogue with the architecture of the Adam Art Gallery, and will be re-staged within Te Uru’s similarly unique gallery environment.

“We are delighted to be working with the Adam Art Gallery to bring this important exhibition to Tāmaki Makaurau,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford. “Campbell’s work really challenges us to consider our relationship with the environment and this has a strong connection with Te Uru’s unique setting in the Waitākere Ranges, where some of the works were made.”

Rather than a conventional survey, the artist describes the exhibition as “a meditation on the interdependence of physical systems.” On the Last Afternoon examines a forcefield of relations between photography, philosophy, ecology, material history, science fiction, and the care and reading of sacred and symbolic landscapes, that have evolved over the course of her near three- decade career.

Adam Art Gallery Director, Christina Barton says: “Campbell’s preference for 19th-century analogue processes gives rise to images of extraordinary detail, depth, richness and texture; but it also fulfils her ambition to depict subtle or ‘mysterious’ things and events that modern cameras and standardised equipment do not allow.”

Raised in Wairoa on the east coast of the North Island and now based in Auckland and Karekare, Campbell spent a decade in Los Angeles, Southern California. She is drawn to and has negotiated extreme conditions: the wild places of rural New Zealand; the desiccated, smog-choked hinterlands of California; the icy vastness of Antarctica; and the ocean’s coral reefs and imagined depths. Shifting scale from the microscopic to the global, she uses a wide spectrum of techniques from photography’s two-hundred-year history to give visible form to the beauty, complexity and sheer perseverance of life under threat.

The exhibition is being shown in conjunction with Campbell’s solo exhibition As it falls at Two Rooms.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 320-page publication, co-published by Adam Art Gallery and Sternberg Press – available to purchase from Te Uru and Adam Art Gallery's stores and online. You can view the book on ArtNow's Book section here.

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