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Ineration 22, Suburbia

Opening Celebration 29 April 2-4pm

29 April-3 June 2023, Tuesday - Saturday
Northart, Norman King Square, Northcote


'Iteration 22, Suburbia' is the 22nd Iteration of the mothermother project, exploring the pleasures and anxieties of the sub-urban: what is allowed, what is excluded… and what could be.

Suburbia – a place where most of us live, but the art world often disdains. The first rail-commuter suburbs developed in the late 19th century as a middle-class response to the dirt and disease of the industrialising city. The low density, car-dependant suburb was the dominant form of post-war cities, from Los Angeles to Auckland. The urban shifts required by decarbonisation, the enforced domesticity of the last few years, as well as the devastation of climate change have snapped our focus to the neighbourhood.

'Iteration 22' includes work by Stella Brennan, Layla Rudneva-Mackay, The Estate of L.Budd, Inga Fillary, Natalie Tozer, Teresa Peters, Maree Horner, Ekaterina Dimieva, Monique Lacey, Rebecca Wallis, Kelly Pretty, Janet Mazenier, Lillie Balfour, Rose Meyer, Robyn Walton, Jana Wood, Michelle Mayn, Kiriana O’Connell, Jessica Douglas, Lucy Boermans, Karen Rubado, Tori Beeche, Susan Nelson, Melanie Arnold and Caitlin Devoy.

Karen Rubado is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland artist who is interested in the aggregation and transformation of materials through hand-making. Her enthusiasm lies in the connections between intention and action, the real and imagined, and the imperfection that often characterises the handmade. Inspired by techniques of extemporising within a structure, her weaving practice encourages the unexpected and allows for spontaneity as a catalyst for discovery. She sees this as a subtle form of opposition to the authorial powers of tradition and the expectations emanating from both craft and contemporary art conventions.

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