Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Smoke and Mirrors" at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery from May 16

Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel have been working on their book Smoke and Mirrors for several years. On May 16 the book will be launched, coupled with an exhibition of prints and sculptural work, at the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in Parnell, Auckland. The works were created all over the world, but in particular Las Vegas, Paris and New Zealand. Fashion-leaning works that feature models such as Julia Nobis, Vinnie Woolston and Zippora and Jasper Seven are coupled with interior and exterior images that reflect their own artistic sensitivities and aesthetic. The pair succinctly describe the book: "Smoke & Mirrors traces a journey of closely examined nostalgia and a fascination with difficult beauty. Cutting a path between the real and the imagined, interior and exterior, the light and the dark, the new and the faded, the work expresses a delicate, but potent girlishness spared from sentimentality by an ever-present grit." At the opening an extremely limited number of special edition books will be available with a custom cover and a limited-edition print. Books will be available for retail sale later in the year at selected stockists. The exhibition runs through to early July. Unmissable.