Michael Stevenson
Inside the Keep Out Shed

04 October — 04 November 2017

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Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Lundeen Family Christmas Fund, c. 1988, ink on paper, 117 x 149mm

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, 4 Panel with Microphone, c. 1988, ink on paper, 208 x 296mm

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, c. 1988, graphite on paper, 112 x 149mm

Michael Stevenson, Mokau, 1988, ink on paper, 113 x 159mm

Michael Stevenson
Inside the Keep Out Shed

04 October — 04 November 2017

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Inside the Keep Out Shed presents a small selection of daily drawings made by Stevenson between 1987-1993. Intended as exercises that recorded the artist’s interests at the time, they trace the formation of overall themes within his practice. A small number became studies for paintings, yet since they were made frequently the breadth of their thinking exceeds that of other artworks.

In a general sense the drawings reveal a conflict central to Stevenson’s practice: the stability of objects themselves. Made whilst the artist was living in New Zealand, they explore gift economy and humour through surprising studies of daily encounters.

 
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Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Lundeen Family Christmas Fund, c. 1988, ink on paper, 117 x 149mm

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, Installation View, 2017

Michael Stevenson, 4 Panel with Microphone, c. 1988, ink on paper, 208 x 296mm

Michael Stevenson, Inside the Keep Out Shed, c. 1988, graphite on paper, 112 x 149mm

Michael Stevenson, Mokau, 1988, ink on paper, 113 x 159mm