As part of Winter Wander, Glitterbox Pursuits presents Solipsis, an installation by Annemieke Montagne and Steven Junil Park at the Guthrey Centre, on display from 3-11th August.

Photo by Janneth Gil

Artist Annemieke Montagne and designer Steven Junil Park have come together to create an installation that incorporates formal and conceptual elements from their respective practices. Steven Junil Park builds an abstract wooden support which acts as a ‘frame’ on which he drapes and stretches canvas. These materials recognise the traditional two-dimensional painting canvas but in an abstract, three-dimensional form. Steven is interested in the parallel metaphors of the internal/external self and the interior/exterior of garment. This structure creates this same interior/exterior dynamic, where the intimate interior is hidden and visible only through small apertures in the canvas.

Photo by Janneth Gil

Annemieke enters into the structure; painting and spraying its interior, covering the inner walls with abstract markings. As she paints the inside of this cave-like environment the work will end up enveloping her. She intends for viewers not to be able to see the work from the perspective of the artist but only be able to see the traces of paint that have seeped through the canvas. Her vision is isolated from the perspective of the viewer, stirring the frustration of being a single consciousness trapped in a single body, perhaps only catching glimpses out of our own self or glimpses into others through holes in the canvas or lacerations of light that beam out.

Presented with thanks to Christchurch City Council and Life in Vacant Spaces.