Julian Dashper

Permanent work

Untitled (Black: for Fred Sandback) 2001-08 Edition #1/10
Untitled (Blue: for Fred Sandback) 2001-08 Edition #1/10

Te Tuhi presents the first long-term commissioned artwork by Auckland artist Julian Dashper. As one of New Zealand's most prolific contemporary artists, Dashper exhibits regularly throughout New Zealand and internationally.

For over twenty-five years Dashper has brought a healthy degree of humour to his reworkings of abstraction, conceptualism and minimalism. His early insight was that characteristics of the reproductions of international art, such as a flattening-out and a simplification of form, provide formal solutions to gauge the efficacy of a reproduced modernism. As art historian Christina Barton states, his local context then provides "the unique perspective of attending to an internationalist art history from a distance, enabling him to devise strategies to work around his geographical isolation whilst simultaneously articulating its effects."

Dashper travels extensively and his current series of works are influenced by encounters with the late American minimalist artist Fred Sandback during visits to Marfa, Texas. In homage, Dashper creates linear works that toy with the idea of a permanent art acquisition through his use of materials that are both accessible and intrinsically susceptible to erasure.