The Art


Judy Mil­lar Be do be do, 2013 Oil and acrylic on can­vas 2350 x 1750mm

b.1957, New Zealand Lives in Auck­land and Ber­lin

Judy Mil­lar is one of New Zealand’s most in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised artists. She shares her time be­tween Auck­land and Ber­lin and has a sig­nif­i­cant rep­u­ta­tion in Europe, which con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum. Re­cent ca­reer high­lights in­clude two ex­hi­bi­tions at the Venice Bi­en­ni­ale (rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand with her solo ex­hi­bi­tion Gi­raffe-bot­tle-gun, 2009; and in Time, Space, Ex­is­tence a cu­rated ex­hi­bi­tion in­clud­ing new works by Carl An­dre and Ma­rina Abramovic, 2011); ex­hi­bi­tions at Rohkun­st­bau, Ber­lin and Schloss Mar­quardt, Pots­dam, and a fea­ture in Sculp­ture Mag­a­zine (Novem­ber 2011). Works from her 2011 Fer­ry­man se­ries have al­ready been col­lected by the Mu­seum St Gallen and Tichy Foun­da­tion in Prague. Broadly speak­ing Mil­lar works from within a con­cep­tual paint­ing frame­work, in which she freely ref­er­ences paint­ing’s re­cent his­to­ries, par­tic­u­larly de­light­ing in plun­der­ing the ex­pres­sive­ness of ges­tu­ral paint­ing. Work­ing with pro­cesses of era­sure, wip­ing or scrap­ing paint off the sur­face of the work, Mil­lar takes up known po­si­tions only to de­con­struct and ques­tion their pre­vi­ous mean­ings. In re­cent years Mil­lar has used me­chan­i­cal­ly­gen­er­ated en­large­ments of hand­made ges­tures to chal­lenge our ex­pec­ta­tions of the ex­pres­sive ges­ture and of the ef­fi­cacy of paint­ing as a con­tem­po­rary means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. In th­ese works is a clear de­sire to grant paint­ing the same power as all the other im­ages that press upon us daily. Gow Langs­ford Gallery has rep­re­sented Judy Mil­lar since the gallery be­gan in 1987.

The Clothes

Bril­liant in black and don’t be afraid to mix up your tex­tures. A truly great in­vest­ment, the Leather Jacket 6128 in NZ Deer Leather and Roma will be your ‘go to piece’ for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Worn here over a Sleeve­less High Un­rolled Turtle­neck 6158 in Ex­clu­sive Merino, Side Pleat Skirt 5352M in Ul­tra­fine Merino and Zipped Cum­mer­bund 5979 in Eco Leather. An­kle boots by Trip­pen. www.en.trip­

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