Winter Solstice/Spring Equinox '83

John Bailey, Artist

This is one of the drawings in our collection. It was made in Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand in 1983.
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About the Work
Red, cream and black. I love the stark graphic minimalism of this image, it would make a terrific record cover. It belongs to a suite of 11 works which are a visual documentation of light movement recorded during the winter solstice and spring equinox as observed from Auckland’s Northcote College in 1983. According to the artist’s accompanying typewritten statement, the winter solstice area of direct sunlight is the solid red shard, and the spring equinox area of direct sunlight is depicted by the black line. It’s a great example of a concept being refined and distilled into a simple image and it looks fresh and timeless.
-Kiran Dass, writer and critic, for the May 2021 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.

Part of a suite of 11 works documenting the movement of light on the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox of 1983
620 x 496mm
flashe acrylic on paper
Work on paper showing a diagram of a building/room layout with a swathe of red across the floor plan showing the fall of sunlight inside the space. The time of day is recorded at upper left.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui. Purchased, 1985
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
24 Apr 1985



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