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  • Installation image - Re-Imagining 2011

    Maker: Megan Lundberg
    Materials: ceramic, found objects, wood, gold powder
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation image - All the Love Hours Repaid in Full 2011

    Maker: Susan Wells
    Materials: aida cloth, thread, porcelain, copper wire, cord
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Spot 2011

    Maker: Andrew Cheung
    Materials: moving image
    Courtesy of the artist
  • iCraft 2011

    Maker: Briar Mark
    Materials: 350gsm Fabriano watercolour paper and embroidery thread
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Iron Butterfly 2011

    Maker: Gabrielle MacDonald
    Materials: industrial felt
    Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Laura Ridley Photography
  • Ti kouka, Cabbage Tree, Cordyline australis 2011

    Maker: Claire McSweeney
    Materials: sterling silver, 18ct gold, plant material, steel pin
    Courtesy of the artist
  • 22083.57 2011

    Maker: Jacquelene Reid
    Materials: mixed media
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Shelves for Objects (Lamp) 2011

    Maker: Janetta Hayden
    Materials: plywood, acrylic glass, lamp
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Holding on... 2011

    Maker: Lisa Higgins
    Materials: rubber, sterling silver, copper, paint, brass, steel, synthetic cord, silk thread, seeds, polyurethane
    Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Tineke Jansen
  • Pathos 2011

    Maker: Marcel Watson
    Materials: wool blanket, hobby fill, polyester thread, milk
    Courtesy of the artist
  • INK 2011

    Maker: Mike Furniss
    Materials: stainless steel, brass
    Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Nisha Ravji
  • Urban Beehive 2011

    Maker: Rowan Dunford
    Materials: styrene and pine ply
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Nails 2011

    Maker: Russell Goodman
    Materials: wood, bronze
    Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Caryline Boreham
  • Persian Experiment 2011

    Maker: Saba Aghahasan
    Materials: digital print
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Presence in Absence 2011

    Maker: Sophie Rzepecky
    Materials: hand woven and felted weaves. Silver weave: weft - felted wool yarn, merino silver, reflecta yarn, cotton; warp - monofilament, mercerized cotton
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Shelflife 2011

    Maker: Vanessa Arthur
    Materials: refreshed objects, faux wood laminate, plywood, brass, wood, dowel, 925 silver, bronze, paint
    Courtesy of the artist

Best in Show 2012

17 March 2012 - 21 April 2012

Saba Aghahasan, Vanessa Arthur, Andrew Cheung, Rowan Dunford, Mike Furniss, Russell Goodman, Janetta Hayden, Lisa Higgins, Megan Lundberg, Gabrielle MacDonald, Briar Mark, Lynda McNamara, Claire McSweeney, Jacquelene Reid, Sophie Rzepecky, Leah Shao, Marcel Watson, Susan Wells

Laura Howard

Best in Show is an important ongoing Objectspace project that showcases outstanding new applied arts graduates from tertiary institutions around New Zealand. Best in Show 2012 is the eighth exhibition in this series, and features 18 emerging practitioners on the cusp of exciting creative careers. Areas of practice in Best in Show 2012 include graphic design, ceramics, product design, textiles, video art, contemporary jewellery and furniture. 

The works of these bachelor-level graduates consistently display a level of polish. These works entail few compromises when it comes to materials, aesthetic decisions and other artistic concerns as they engage, spark curiosity or even surprise the viewer.

Some of the issues addressed by Best in Show 2012 include: the dominance of the computer; digital versus hand production; sustainability and upcycling; attachment to objects and collecting; and the relationship between production and consumption. While the concepts addressed by these makers are varied, a common thread is the passing of time, expressed through a sense of redundancy and loss, and the dilemma of obsolescence. 

As well as offering the opportunity of what is for many their first public gallery exhibition following soon after their end of year graduate showcase exhibitions, Best in Show 2012 provides a valuable professional development opportunity for these young makers, and an exhilarating exhibition of fresh new talent for the public to enjoy. Best in Show can be a launching pad for outstanding new makers and designers. Objectspace is delighted that a number of previous Best in Show exhibitors have gone on to achieve national and international success. On show simultaneously in the Window Gallery is Talente: One Year On which presents the new work of five exhibitors invited to attend Talente 2011 in Munich, Germany, most of whom have also been Best in Show exhibitors.
Best in Show 2012 features graduates from: AUT University (Te Wananga Aronui o Tamaki Makau Rau); College of Creative Arts, Massey University (Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa); Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland; Hungry Creek Art and Craft School; Otago Polytechnic (Te Kura Matatini ki Otago); School of Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology (Te Whare Takiura o Manukau); Unitec Department of Design & Visual Arts (Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka); Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design (Te Whare Takiura O Wikiriwhi) and Whitireia (Te Kura Matatini o Whitireia).

Publication (Online): Best in Show 2012 
This online exhibition publication features images of the work of each of the eighteen artists in Best in Show 2012, accompanied by writing by exhibition curator Laura Howard.

Public Programme: Saturday 17 March, 11am. Join a selection of Best in Show 2012 exhibitors for an artists' floor talk.