Energy Work: Kathy Barry/Sarah Smuts-Kennedy
13 July – 2 October 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Images: [Left] Kathy Barry, from the series Search Engine for her Future Self, 2020–22, watercolour & pencil, one of twelve drawings on paper, 720 × 700 mm, courtesy of the artist and Bowen Galleries (photo: Stephen A’Court); [Right] Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Structure for the House of I, 2016, brass, stainless steel, 550 × 550 × 120 mm, three parts, courtesy of the artist.

Installation view featuring <i>Epic Whirlpool</i>, (2012) in  <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Star Witness</i>, (2013), <i>AIONA</i>, (2013) and <i>Dimensional Ecologies</i>, (2013) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>12 Energy Diagrams</i>, (2015) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>12-Minute Movement </i>, (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>The Loom of Time</i>, (2018–19) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Search Engine for her Future Self</i>, (2020–22) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>The Loom of Time</i>, (2018–19) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>The Loom of Time</i>, (2018–19) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Search Engine for her Future Self</i>, (2020–22) in <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Kathy Barry </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

 

Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i> Structure for the House of I</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i> Structure for the House of I</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i> Structure for the House of I</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Discharge</i> (2022) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Discharge</i> (2022) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Discharge</i> (2022) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Discharge</i> (2022) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.  Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.  Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.  Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.  Installation view featuring <i>Harmonies</i> (2016) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.  Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Light Language 1–21, Methodist Church, Pitt Street</i> (2017) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Light Language 1–21, Methodist Church, Pitt Street</i> (2017) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Ten Parts Whole</i> (2014) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Ten Parts Whole</i> (2014) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Ten Parts Whole</i> (2014) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring <i>Pieces on Earth</i> (2020) in <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Energy Work: Sarah Smuts Kennedy </i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.





































Energy Work brings together two artists, Kathy Barry and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, who give visual form to intuited energy fields that exceed the human sensorium. By allowing the notion that there are forces beyond our common experience that connect us to the planet and to alternative dimensions of time and space, they de-centre the human subject and sensitise us to a multi-dimensional universe. Each artist has undergone processes of mental training and research to attune themselves to enable a receptivity to these forces and to the other dimensions from which they derive. For both artists, this is their first substantial survey exhibition in a public institution, and they have worked with Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery to select bodies of work produced over the last decade and to present them in configurations especially devised for its spaces.

Kathy Barry is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. She has a MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2004) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington (2001). While Barry has been exhibiting her work since 2001, her practice took its current turn in 2012, when she began producing watercolour drawings that captured the energy fields she began to see and feel that have structured the series she has produced since that date. Her works have been included in the 32nd Bienal de Sao Paulo in 2016, and in Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in Melbourne in 2015. She staged Homeworld, a two-person exhibition with Isobel Thom, at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in 2014, after completing the artist residency at the McCahon House in West Auckland in 2012. She has regularly exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at Bowen Galleries in Wellington since 2013.

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy completed her MFA at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2012. Her practice is focused on a research-based investigation into fields of energy as they engage with conceptual thinking both within art-based languages and other intuition-driven modes of enquiry. Her biodynamic, permaculture teaching garden, 45 minutes north of Auckland, functions as a central axis for her research and allows her to explore the potential of syntropic systems thinking. She was the McCahon House Artist in Residence between September and December, 2016. Her works are housed in private and public collections in Australia and New Zealand. Recent solo exhibitions include Joy Field, Sumer Gallery, Tauranga, 2021; Light Language, Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, 2017; Frequency of the Earth, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, 2017; and Shape Analysis, RM, Auckland, 2013. Her social sculptural commission For the Love of Bees, 2016–ongoing, has triggered a resurgence of regenerative organic urban farms and community compost hubs across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Chartwell Trust and the Adam Art Gallery Patrons in delivering this exhibition. Sarah Smuts-Kennedy thanks Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa for its support in producing works for this exhibition.


Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing
13 July – 25 September 2022

Image: Barbara Tuck, Canterbury Upland, 2010, oil on board, 750 × 750 mm, collection of Emily Perkins and Karl Maughan

Image: Barbara Tuck, Canterbury Upland, 2010, oil on board, 750 × 750 mm, collection of Emily Perkins and Karl Maughan

Installation view of Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view featuring Bring your feet across the sky,, 2021, as in display in Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Iris Gate</i>,,(1999),  in <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker. Installation view of <i>Ngā Uruora</i>, (2022) in <i>Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing</i>, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 25 September 2022. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

 









Born in the Waikato in 1943, Barbara Tuck’s painterly expedition of five decades has been characterised by restlessness. Her engagement with painting has been driven by travel and wide-ranging reading across art, philosophy, poetry and science.   Eschewing the idea of a survey or retrospective, this exhibition and publication open the artist’s recent work to new varieties of scrutiny. The exhibition samples paintings made by the artist between 1999 and the present. This selection has been determined not by the artist nor a curator, but instead through a collaborative exchange with the publication’s writers. Delirium Crossing features fifteen new texts from a multi-generational group of leading Aotearoa art writers, curators, artists, and art historians, who have responded to this invitation by offering their unique perspectives. These deepen our appreciation of Tuck’s work, but also tell us something about how painting is understood in our times.

This exhibition has been developed as a partnership between Anna Miles Gallery, Ramp Gallery and Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery. The publication has been generously supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Purchase the publication at the gallery or our online shop.

Julia Wait discusses Barbara Tuck – Delirium Crossing on RNZ, Nine to Noon


Media Release pdf: “Three women artists profiled in next Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery exhibitions”, 11 July 2022

PUBLIC PROGRAMME July – Sept 2022