Beautiful and precarious, the Crystal Chain Gang’s newest sculpture is a reinterpretation of a traditional Venetian, glass-blown chandelier. This work has been made using techniques that originate on the island of Murano, which is famous for its glass production. However, the elegant, uniform beads we might expect to see on a chandelier are switched with pastel coloured, organic forms and a structure that looks more like a viral cell than an ornate lighting fixture.
Family Tree Whakapapa brings together the work of four sisters: elin o’Hara Slavick, Madeleine Slavick, Sarah Slavick and Susanne Slavick. As curators, painters, photographers and writers, all have incorporated images of trees in social, political and environmental conditions — trees that stand as refuge and livelihood, consumed and consuming, under assault and triumphant, as historical record and as harbinger of things to come. Family Tree Whakapapa offers perspectives both unsettling and soothing as nature increasingly reflects salient issues of our times.