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Fran and Paul Dibble

Events > Exhibitions

Paul Dibble and Fran Dibble
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017

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This month ZIMMERMAN is delighted to exhibit the works of Palmerston North’s powerhouse creative couple, Fran and Paul Dibble. 

With a longstanding foothold in the Manawatu, this month’s exhibition is the latest of several exhibitions the husband and wife team have held at ZIMMERMAN since 2011.

Fran Dibble – Strange Fruit

Fran Dibble’s paintings occupy the walls in a new series the artist calls “Strange Fruit”.

The paintings are an unusual cross of realistic still life works with abstracted elements, each of similar importance, so we are unsure whether the fruit is nestled into an abstract back drop or whether the abstract elements are puncturing a more traditional scene.

This conveys the oddity of the world of illusions we live amongst where solid ordinary things are made up of empty space – particles within, moving with their own odd physics of behaviour, or gravity pulling objects to ground.

They are intentional play-offs of static objects with volume against the light airy movements of the unseen.

Paul Dibble – Once There Were Huia

Paul Dibble’s sculptures occupy the three dimensions, with a menagerie of celebratory animals promenading the gallery.

A collection of his rabbits gather in one grouping, turning-the-tails on their human exterminators, either wielding shotguns themselves or just smugly strolling the grounds.

The sculptor’s trademark creations of Huia (Palmerston North’s natural icon, with its last siting in the Tararuas) either perch against golden kowhai or tower outside the gallery on a leafed Corten stand, surveying passers-by.

The central work The Last Huia 1907 is more solemn, immortalising the bird in flames, burning like the Phoenix, in recognition of its demise.

The exhibition at ZIMMERMAN continues until 31 May 2017


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