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"please please me new neon work by Mary-Louise Browne"
2009-01-27 until 2009-02-21
Bartley and Company Art
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Bartley and Company Art is very pleased to be able to present
this new body of work by Mary-Louise Browne as its opening
exhibition in Ghuznee Street. The exhibition represents her first
foray into neon. Words are the constant feature of Browne's work and with this
new work she continues her exploration of the metaphoric,
material and visual power of language. The use of neon for the
first time brings a new dimension with the direct and playful
conflation of fine and commercial art practice. The messages
here, however, are not those of commercial signs but openended
found texts drawn from popular culture. Please please
me, for example, references The Beatles hit single and title track
of their first album and Dead Calm is drawn from the movie of
the same name.
Mary-Louise Browne has a Master of Fine Arts degree
with First Class Honours in sculpture from the Elam
School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. She
has exhibited widely and is represented in major public
and private collections. She is best known for her major
public commissions – the most recent of which is the
award winning granite bench transmutation work
stretching the length of Lorne Street in Auckland. Another wellknown
work is Body to Soul in the Wellington Botanical Gardens.
Mary-Louise’s exploration of neon for this exhibition has been
made possible by a grant from Creative New Zealand.
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