Edwards + Johann: Building a Relationship with an Active Volcano
Volatility and stability. Vulnerability and strength. Transience and permanence. These dichotomies are embodied by the volcanic Whakaari/White Island that has become the primary focus of a new series of work by Christchurch-based artists Edwards + Johann. Concretions: The act of coming together speaks to the intensity of these relationships; exploring the intersections, overlaps and distances between these deeply emotive concepts. For the artists, Whakaari has epitomised how a place can be both awe-inspiring and deeply unnerving, encapsulating the extreme and unpredictable forces of the Earth.
Edwards + Johann spent time in 2018 building a close relationship with Whakaari/White Island. As the inaugural artists of Whakatane Museum’s Volcanic Artist Residency, the duo visited Whakatane in April and October, travelling to the active volcano of White Island. While exploring the perilous nature of this site, the artists were exposed to the primal beauty of one of the most geologically charged locations on the planet. Amazed by the sheer force of the place, Edwards + Johann have created new work that responds to the power and majesty of the volcano. Concretions: The act of coming together represents a pause along the path of ongoing practice for Edwards + Johann, sparked from their experience of Whakaari.
Opening on the evening of the 7th of May 2019, Concretions: The act of coming together will encompass two dimensional and three dimensional works. A performance featured on opening night; an exploration of the body in relation to space – to the works – and to the world.
Edwards + Johann, Concretions: The act of coming together, Chambers Art Gallery,
7 May – 25 May 2019
- Edwards +Johann on Whakaari/ White Island 19 October 2018
- Edwards +Johann, Concretions - what lingers in the mist #1, 2018, 2018, C-type photograph, 240x240mm