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The Falls

2nd Mar 2019 - 27th Oct 2019

With The Falls, a large painting occupying Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Big Wall, Auckland artist John Reynolds seemingly attempts a reworking of the Colin McCahon Waterfall theme & variations (1966) mural housed at University of Otago’s main library. The Falls extends Reynold’s ongoing Missing Hours project which, over a number of years, has ruminated upon the disappearance of Colin McCahon in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens on the eve of his Sydney Biennale retrospective in 1984.

Part homage, part vagabondage, and part monumental shorthand charting a disquiet of arcs, feints and falls, The Falls presents less a McCahonian North Otago landscape variation, and more a parade of collapse and disarray. In 2019, the centenary of McCahon’s birth, Reynolds frames his enquiry as endeavouring to be ‘thinking through McCahon, rather than merely about him.’

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