Helen Calder
Space Line Colour
24 June - 18 July, 2020
2020-06-24 - 2020-07-18
The painted friezes of European cathedrals may seem a long way from the abstract materiality of Helen Calder's art but it was experiencing those spaces that cemented her interest in the connections between painting and architecture. There, painting defied gravity and worked with architecture for the shared purpose of articulating space.

Here, Helen's Space Line Colour speaks directly to the three elements that make up her exhibition as a whole. Here, line intersects with and dominates space, becoming a stronger element than ever before with her steel lines waywardly disrupting any sense of a straight linearity. Here, colour, paint built in layers of various transparencies and opaqueness with visual and physical weight, playfully swoops through space triggering a multi-sensory, synesthetic experience for the viewer.

Helen has exhibited regularly since completing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2003. Her work is held in a wide range of private and public collections and two large works are currently on display at Te Papa. Helen's last exhibition in the gallery sold out and we are delighted to present this new body of work which extends her investigation of painting's engagement with constructed space.

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Installation view 1
Installation view 1
Violet Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
325 x 220 x 115mm

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Violet Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
325 x 220 x 115mm

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Yellow, Green
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
110 x 220 x 80mm

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Yellow, Green
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
110 x 220 x 80mm

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Pyrrole Orange 2
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
345 x 800 x 130mm

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Pyrrole Orange 2
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
345 x 800 x 130mm

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Installation view 3
Installation view 3
Pink, Green Gold
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
1250 x 1265 (bracket width) x 80mm

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Pink, Green Gold
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
1250 x 1265 (bracket width) x 80mm

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Red Prussian Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
990 x 1265 x 195mm

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Red Prussian Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
990 x 1265 x 195mm

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Turquoise Teal #2
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
370 x 900 x 130mm

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Turquoise Teal #2
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
370 x 900 x 130mm

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Installation view 4
Installation view 4
Orange Grey Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
335 x 700 x 130mm

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Orange Grey Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
335 x 700 x 130mm

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Cerulean Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
310 x 700 x 125mm

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Cerulean Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
310 x 700 x 125mm

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Installation view 2
Installation view 2
Mauve Violet
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
620 x 1060 x 100mm

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Mauve Violet
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
620 x 1060 x 100mm

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Yellow Green
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
665 x 1010 x 101mm

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Yellow Green
2020
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
665 x 1010 x 101mm

SOLD