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  • Installation view

  • Cake 2010

    Maker: Tanya Wilkinson
    Materials: glazed ceramic
    Courtesy Private Collection, Hamilton
  • Installation image

  • Olympia 2008

    Maker: Shelley Norton
    Materials: plastic bags
    Courtesy of the artist
  • New skin thickens on my skull 2011

    Maker: Katharina Jaeger
    Materials: textiles, metal, thread
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Screech (detail) 2011

    Maker: Bronwynne Cornish
    Materials: ceramic earthenware
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Ursus Arctos 2011

    Maker: Jane Dodd
    Materials: Lignum Vitae, 18ct gold, sterling silver, stainless steel
    Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Studio La Gonda
  • Morning Glory: there are things we can't recall, blind as night that finds us all 2011

    Maker: Tim Main
    Materials: wood, ceramic, gesso, oils
    Courtesy of the artist
  • The Green Fairy 2011

    Maker: Steph Lusted
    Materials: silver, glass; display case: oak, glass, cab
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Aunt II 2011

    Maker: Rosemary McLeod
    Materials: blanket and vintage textiles, aunt
    Courtesy of the artist and Bowen Galleries, Wellington
  • Loss Study 2 2011

    Maker: Ben Pearce
    Materials: vinyl, dimensions variable
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Golden Gosling (detail) 2010

    Maker: Julia deVille
    Materials: gosling, 19ct diamond beads approx, 0.70ct antique rose cut diamond, 18ct white gold, 2.4ct white sapphires, black diamonds, sterling silver, black keshi pearl
    Courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
  • Grayson Perry Spirit Bottle (detail) 2010

    Maker: Paul Rayner
    Materials: glazed earthenware
    Courtesy Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui

Lugosi's Children

27 August 2011 - 01 October 2011

Bronwynne Cornish, Jane Dodd, Katharina Jaeger, Steph Lusted, Tim Main, Rosemary McLeod, Shelley Norton, Ben Pearce, Paul Rayner, Tanya Wilkinson , Julia deVille

Bronwyn Lloyd

"Listen to them. Children of the night! What music they make!"

Few can forget Bela Lugosi in his famous role as the blood-sucking Count in Tod Browning's 1931 cult classic Dracula, delivering these immortal lines of dialogue in his sonorous Hungarian accent as a pack of wolves howls outside in the darkness.
The idea of Lugosi's offspring, his children of the night, and the music that they might make, is the concept that underpins the thematic group exhibition Lugosi's Children at Objectspace, but the works of the eleven exhibitors are not simply an evocation of the darkness that is an ever-present part of our lives. On the contrary, each of the works deals, in some sense, with the ways in which we cope with, understand, and confront the darkness through humour and parody; through observations of the beauty and symmetry of the natural world; through rites, superstitions and spiritual beliefs; through myth and story; and through history and memory.

Lugosi's Children, then, are the antithesis of escapists. They examine their own inner space for clues to the true nature of our experience of the world - in all its majesty and horror. A trio of oracles, a ceramic cross-dresser, a set of sutured goblets, a stuffed aunty, a vinyl curse, a plastic bag Olympia, a Freudian thought forest, a bejewelled gosling, a trio of predator/prey brooches, boxed addictions and charms, a floral memento mori, and three inedible cakes are all clues, potential maps of this numinous area where we confront our deepest hopes, memories, desires and fears.

When you examine these strange, dreamlike works of Lugosi's Children you will see that their wisdom may be intuitive; their 'music' a response to the logic of darkness rather than that of the daylight world, but sometimes those can be the only answers one can bear to listen to.

'Listen to them. Children of the night! What music they make!'

Lugosi's Children features works by Bronwynne Cornish, Julia deVille, Jane Dodd, Katharina Jaeger, Steph Lusted, Rosemary McLeod, Tim Main, Shelley Norton, Ben Pearce, Paul Rayner and Tanya Wilkinson.

Exhibition curated by Bronwyn Lloyd, and designed by Karl Chitham.

Publication: Lugosi's Children. The Exhibition catalogue essay is written by Auckland writer and exhibition curator Bronwyn Lloyd, with an introduction by Jack Ross.

Objectspace Public Programme: 
•    Curator Bronwyn Lloyd in conversation with artists Bronwynne Cornish, Katharina Jaeger and Shelley Norton, Saturday 27 August, 11am. 
•    Dr Jenny Lawn (Massey University) and Dr Jack Ross - a discussion of the gothic as a recurring theme in contemporary New Zealand film, literature and art, Saturday 24 September, 11am.

This exhibition is part of the REAL NZ Festival.