Julian Dashper

07 February — 22 December 2018

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Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Art New Zealand cover, Issue 43, Winter 1987

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Art New Zealand #43), 1987, oil on canvas, 1225 x 1225mm

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Art New Zealand #43), 1987, oil on canvas, 1225 x 1225mm

Julian Dashper, Some Drumheads 1995 – 2007, Installation View

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Linko 0), 1998, vinyl on drum skin with drum 590 x 590 x 360mm

Julian Dashper, Some Drumheads 1995 – 2007, Installation View

Julian Dashper, Untitled, 2007, vinyl on drum skin, 420mm / JD 16”

Julian Dashper, Untitled, 2007, vinyl on drum skin, 420mm / JD 16”

From the roomsheet made by Julian Dashper to accompany his exhibition LOCKER PLANT LOCKER PLANT at the Chinati Foundation, May 2001

Julian Dashper

07 February — 22 December 2018

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Michael Lett is pleased to present a year-long programme in the gallery’s basement space, centred around the work of Julian Dashper.

The first presentation, Locker Plant, focused on the time Julian and his family spent in Marfa, Texas, while Julian was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation during the first months of 2001.

The second presentation is of three studio tables taken from Julian’s Auckland studio, unaltered in their arrangement of objects since the time he passed away. These tables are not artworks in themselves, but allow a unique insight into Dashper’s working habits and disciplined studio life.

The third presentation focuses on the drumhead works that Dashper made as an ongoing series from the early 1990’s until 2007. The exhibition includes a small number of these works in varying formats, and includes the last known drumhead work that was produced by Dashper in 2007.

The fourth presentation is of a single Untitled painting made by Dashper in 1987 that he was photographed standing in front of for the cover of Art New Zealand magazine the same year. Posing in such a way that riffs on well known portraits of American painters such as Julian Schnabel and Mark Rothko, the portrait of Dashper has itself become iconic, and appears on the back cover of the exhibition catalogue for The Twist (Waikato Museum of Art and History, 1998).

 
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Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Julian Dashper, What I am reading at the moment, 1993, every issue of Artforum magazine to 1993, library chair, dimensions variable

Art New Zealand cover, Issue 43, Winter 1987

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Art New Zealand #43), 1987, oil on canvas, 1225 x 1225mm

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Art New Zealand #43), 1987, oil on canvas, 1225 x 1225mm

Julian Dashper, Some Drumheads 1995 – 2007, Installation View

Julian Dashper, Untitled (Linko 0), 1998, vinyl on drum skin with drum 590 x 590 x 360mm

Julian Dashper, Some Drumheads 1995 – 2007, Installation View

Julian Dashper, Untitled, 2007, vinyl on drum skin, 420mm / JD 16”

Julian Dashper, Untitled, 2007, vinyl on drum skin, 420mm / JD 16”

From the roomsheet made by Julian Dashper to accompany his exhibition LOCKER PLANT LOCKER PLANT at the Chinati Foundation, May 2001