the quarry
the quarry

2018
Toi Pōneke Gallery
Wellington
New Zealand

petrifacts
sprayograph warp
small scenes
sprayograph scan
the quarry—installation view
sprayograph warp—installation view
artefacts—installation view
artefacts—installation view
small scenes—installation view
the quarry—installation view
petrifacts—installation view
petrifacts—installation view

The quarry takes Man in the Holocene, a novel by the Swiss author Max Frisch from 1979, as its departure point. The narrative tells of rocks and fossils, the fear of forgetting and the meaning of human existence within the flow of time.

 

In perpetual cycles of burying and excavation, the grounds that hold the remains and ruins of our engagement with the material world are being turned over. The exhibition seeks to capture the shifting temporalities of these traces—through processes of transformation between different media and scale, and between object and image.

 

Archeology is attune to the scatter of artefacts spread throughout layers of sediment. The archaeological site is characterised by interruptions and gaps, for every object found, in–numerous are missing, and what one might uncover lying side by side, might not have any correlation. This exhibition proposes a ‘fictional archaeology’ that explores material traces as temporal constellations, that continue to re-inscribe themselves in the present.