Quartet – Group Show
In classical music a string quartet, both the ensemble and the composition, is one of the most aesthetically satisfying exercises in harmonic dialectic: a model of discipline and the ideal vehicle for philosophical enquiry. The combination of two violins, viola and cello, with their related characteristics, comprehensively covers the range of pitch and precludes indulgence for mere effect.
The quartet provides a useful structural and functional analogy for this exhibition, although there really isn’t a lot of theory or critical intent behind it. It’s work I like, by artists I like. There is a conversation between the works: here we have four artists who are women, Christchurch-based, and products of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts at Ilam. They represent two generations of practice. Quartet reflects my belief in backing women artists in a system that isn’t always as supportive as it could be, and the happy privilege of my on-going engagement with Christchurch’s lively art scene since relocating here eighteen years ago.
– Andrew Paul Wood 2018