Exhibition Dates: September 7 - 28, 2012
Reception with Stephen Roucher
Friday, September 7
The cool formality of Stephen Roucher's rugby stands demands attention. It was the form that initially drew Roucher to the subject, and that from the straight even balance of each shot is clear. We are presented with a series of stands all from the same straight-on vantage. What develops in the work is more than a simple cataloguing of a structure in place. A clear reflection of place emerges. Some of the stands are beaten and worn, even crumbling. Others are oversized to the point of obscurity. Some are clean-kept and freshly painted, others sit rotting but remain overused. We learn much of the community to which they belong. We can identify affluence, poverty, but perhaps most interesting of all a sense of, as the artist puts it, earlier optimism that is now faded.
From the gallery:
"STEPHEN ROUCHER presents a selection of work from the Stands series. A body of work which focuses on minor stadia found in both rural centers and urban settings throughout New Zealand. A uniform perspective throughout the series reveals a design archetype shifted subtlety through the vagaries of use, economics and age."
For more information on the exhibition, please visit McNamara Gallery