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MAURICE LYE – Homeward bound – 19 Oct-11 Nov 2021

National, by Maurice Lye, taken 2015, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper

In this exhibition Maurice Lye captures domesticity and displacement through a nostalgic lens. Homeward Bound spans several decades with some works being as recent as 2020 and old as 1978. Each photograph offers a glimpse into strangely familiar yet unfamiliar settings. Some were taken away from home, when occupancy is temporary; others were taken within home, where residence is particular.

Blow, by Maurice Lye, taken 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Purge, by Maurice Lye, taken 1983, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Furnish, by Maurice Lye, taken 1981, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Sheen, by Maurice Lye, taken 1978, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper

Tame, by Maurice Lye, taken 1979, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Vitreous, by Maurice Lye, taken 1982, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper

Throughout his career Maurice Lye has contributed to multiple publications and exhibited across New Zealand. His themes are diverse but there is a common thread: ‘I’m a scavenger, forever on the lookout for situations that appeal to my vision, sense of humour and irony. How people affect their environment, the traces they leave and their responses to the creatures and plants we co-habit with, intrigues me and provides fertile ground for exploration.’
Candid, human curiosity is prevalent although people are absent in Lye’s images. The viewer is content being caught in the detail of the belongings left on display.
Hottie, by Maurice Lye, taken 1981, archival pigment print on cotton rag paperFold, by Maurice Lye, taken 1981, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Ring, by Maurice Lye, taken 2020, You are cordially invited to the opening of 'Quiet Life' by Katie Thomas Opening Tuesday 24 August (Viewing from 10:30am) Free entry, all welcome exhibition on until 17 September ARTIST TALK - Tuesday 31 Aug Open: 10.30-5pm Tues to Friday 10.30-2pm Saturday www.pggallery192.co.nz *also opening Tuesday evening, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper Strangle, by Maurice Lye, taken 2013, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper
ARTIST TALK: Tues 26 Oct, 12pm