The Optimists John Ward Knox and Sophie Bannan
29 July 2014 - 23 August 2014
The Blue Oyster is pleased to present 'The Optimists', new work by Christchurch based artist Sophie Bannan and Auckland based artist John Ward Knox. While each artist presents a series of work unique to their current practice, 'The Optimists' offers a parallel moment; a space to overlap without preconceived themes or constructed ideologies.
Sophie Bannan holds a BFA from the University of Auckland and is currently studying toward an MFA at the University of Canterbury. Previously based in Auckland and Melbourne, she was a founding member of artist-run spaces Personal Best (Auckland) and Strines (Melbourne). Recent solo exhibitions include Variations Knight Street Art Space (2013) and I am in the middle Rearview (2013). In early 2015, she will be attending the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.
John Ward Knox holds an MFA from the University of Auckland and was a founding member of Newcall Gallery (Auckland). Recent solo exhibitions include: Breathing After Thinking Ivan Anthony (2014) and a lightening strike, a hand on a shoulder, Robert Heald (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: New Revised Edition City Gallery Wellington (2013) and Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand Frankfurter Kunstverein (2012).
The Blue Oyster is also excited to be working with the Otago University Students Association to present a two events for Art Week between 28 July - 1 August 2014.
Artist/Writer Speed Dating: Wednesday 30 July, 6pm - 7pm Back by popular demand! Informal networking with an art agenda is definitely what you want to be doing with your Wednesday night. Meet with other artists, writers and creatives in a speed dating format. A great opportunity to recruit a writer for your art project or find an artist to write about. Located at the Union Hall Main Common Room on campus. Sign Up Here
City Gallery Crawl: Thursday 31 July, 5pm - 9pm Commonly referred to as White Night, almost all galleries and studio collectives in Dunedin will be opening their doors in no particular order, displaying current exhibitions and new studio work. A great way to see it all in one go and make a night of it. Feel free to join in at any stage, there will be a free shuttle departing the Hocken, travelling to George Street and onward in a loop from 5.30pm. Download the gallery crawl map and individual gallery/studio info