The concept behind ‘Parallel Prints’ is to present the same exhibition simultaneously in the UK and New Zealand.
Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world. This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique. Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work? Which the reproduction?
Curated and coordinated by Mark Graver in NZ, ‘Parallel Prints’ will feature the work of 12 diverse artists presented in a Solander boxed set with 12 framed prints for hanging.
Each artist will contribute one work on 300 x 300mm paper in an edition of 36 and the writer and critic Richard Noyce has been approached to write an introduction.
‘Parallel Prints’ will be exhibited in New Zealand at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, a gallery that specialises in exhibitions by international printmakers and international print exchange programmes.
In the UK venue there will be a QR code that links to a video recording of the Wharepuke exhibition allowing the audience to encounter both exhibitions at once. It is also planned to have live web video streaming of the New Zealand exhibition available.
While no theme is imposed on the individual works the proposed exhibition addresses the broad conference themes in a number of ways. Works will literally cross borders to be shown and the simultaneous presentation will allow for that crossing to be experienced by the viewer.
The presentation in a Solander box references Daniel Solander’ s contribution to the exploration and botanical classification of New Zealand as part of Cook’s first voyage in 1769.