Midway Beach, Gisborne

Laurence Aberhart, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Gisborne Region, New Zealand in 1986.
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Object Detail

image: 196 x 246mm
frame: 498 x 534mm
selenium toned silver gelatin print
This photograph by Laurence Aberhart features an outdoor shower at Midway Beach, Gisborne. While this is a prosaic subject, Aberhart's image connects to his interest in sites of remembrance and metaphors of mortality. The cross-structure of the beach shower evokes other subjects favoured by Aberhart: old churches, cemeteries, war memorials, museums, masonic lodges, and historical landmarks.
- from http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?irn=398465In 1986 Aberhart was the inaugural Tylee artist in residence. The images made during his 12 months in Wanganui (and other nearby regions) act as an important documentation of the area and its environs. As a body of work they reflect the preoccupations present in Aberhart’s entire oeuvre: lodges, waiting rooms, Churches, rest areas, museum displays, beaches, light, marae, monuments and memorials. Empty places and spaces with culture and people as ghosts, hinted at but only rarely revealed.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased 1988.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
17 Mar 1988



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