|Rezone : 1998 - 2000|
|Co-ordinators : Melissa Laing, Ann McWilliams, Phillip McIlhagga|
no.1 15th March 1998 - 12-4 pm - 65 Portage Rd New Lynn
no.2 3rd May 1998 / 2-6 pm / Reuters House / Fort Street / Screen Works on Fort Street
no.3 5th July 1998 / 1-5 pm / Greys Ave Parking Building / 93 Greys Ave
no.4 frontage / 13th-19th September 1998 / Balmoral Village
no.5 Sunday November the 22nd / 85 Portage Rd / New Lynn
Innapropriate Occupations and Transient Preservations : Here Today Gone Tomorrow
Our Generation 06.11.2000 - 19.11.2000 - Central Post Office Building : QEII Square
No exhibition space is permanent. It's span is measured in degrees of time, lengths which a space will last. With Rezone we seek to accelerate those lengths, compressing the exhibition space and it's show into a four hour block. Despite this compression the exhibition space continues. The next exhibition in a new space lays itself over the memory of the first exhibition, lengthening the existence of each exhibition space and each show. The passage of exhibitions changes the spaces used as galleries. The space retains echoes of both the exhibition that took place within it and the other exhibitions within the series. Every exhibition space is changed
Designating buildings as exhibition zones Rezone places artists, who hold different spheres of thought or argument, within them. These buildings are not pre-made exhibition spaces yet these types of buildings have housed galleries in New Zealand before. The Warehouse, The Office, The Carpark and other empty spaces around the city have all been utilised by exhibitors. The companies which own these spaces use art to increase their perceived worth, selecting well named artists to display. In reply to this Rezone uses these spaces to increase its perceived worth. Tangible evidence used as measuring points on a scale.
You can never quite place the beginning of a transition. The elements of Rezone are making transitions; between student and artist, building and exhibition space, temporary and permanent. This first show of Rezone is a symbol of the beginning of Rezone yet it is more probably the middle. A group of exhibitions, writings, and artists moving within transitions.
Rezone holds a strong position, an attitude of openness towards exhibitions and spaces. This position is a paradoxical one for it retains a belief in a system of exhibition which Rezones method also demonstrates against. The artists exhibiting are interested in exhibiting outside the system. However they are still operating within the system of exhibition. The effort of removing oneself from a system is at the same time an effort of placing oneself firmly within it. The artists and organisers exhibiting are creating opportunities to exhibit; strongly holding the position that new artist should have many opportunities. Yet the organisers are a committee that chooses just like other galleries and systems. This is a mix of motives and methods which creates a position of paradox. The awareness that a paradox is operating does not stop the paradox it only enhances it.
Melissa Laing, 1998