Michael Greaves

we are not strong enough for the rivers and stars

8th Feb –
25th Feb 2023

OPENING EVENT: Wednesday 8th February, 5.30-7.30pm

We begin 2023 with a solo exhibition of new work by Michael Greaves.  

The works are a reference to time in painting. Time of making, time of viewing, a condensation of both. I feel like the painting is a record of multiple moments, and thoughts that run parallel to the process of considered studio work.  I like what Allan Smith said in a catalogue essay accompanying the exhibition ‘Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show’ (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2016) that, 

“Painting has always occupied a space between the material and the idea, the sensible and the immaterial....(that) a Painting is like a membrane, access-panel, hinge, skylight, fairy fabric, and dream screen....here and elsewhere.”

This notion of here and elsewhere speaks to me in the act of painting, of misremembering a thing or object of the world which forces you to shift toward a reliance on sensation and experience to image, or imagine, the painting. Elsewhere is now, not an unknown place for the painter, but an access to almost everything at the touch of a screen. I like to actively disrupt this, accumulating layer upon layer of paint onto the surface to realise, and access, the feeling and sensation of the act of mis-remembering.

Michael Greaves is a Otepoti based painter where he is a Principal Lecturer at the Dunedin School of Fine Art.  He has been exhibiting throughout New Zealand and internationally since 2001. This is his first solo exhibition with Melanie Roger Gallery.