Ron Hall Exhibition – Bee Waggle
20 A Brandon Street, Wellington 6011, Phone 04 499 6356 or Ron 021 062 2072
My recycled beehive work is a reference to our NZ landscape.
The beehives have been in a specific NZ locality and climate and this has altered the painted surface. I quite often see this weathered surface in an abstract, poetical, musical way. The wooden hives, to me, are not simply a home of the bees but evoke various memories. These memories are triggered by the wonderful honey smell, arrangement of the wooden pieces and of course the textures of the weathered painted surfaces.
The woods include macrocarpa, the traditional shelter tree with its strong smell; the historic native wetland tree the kahikatia and the ubiquitous pine. All these types of woods add a cultural layer to my art work. The industry of beekeeping and the vital lives of our bees, also add another significant layer.
What really floats my waka is the wonderful textures of the painted, weathered, and repainted surfaces that challenge our idea of what painting is. How is it that such random painting carried out by apiary workers produce such unexpected beauty? – Ron Hall