Judy Darragh

ABOUT JUDY DARRAGH

Judy Darragh is a prolific New Zealand artist renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages of found objects, recycled items, industrial materials, collage, photography, video, and poster art.

Emerging as an artist during the 1980s era of conspicuous consumption, Darragh’s work displayed a fondness for everyday objects and plays with the¬†audiences’ views of material consumerism.

‘Kitsch’ and a strong association with localised nostalgia is at the essence of Darragh’s work. Her assemblages appear as structurally makeshift piles of ‘materials’, incorporating elements ranging from bottles, glassware, and plastic to corks, feathers, tikis, beads, paint, flowers, paua, and cake tins. It is this mass of media that forms the basis of her two-dimensional and three-dimensional installations.

Collecting is an integral part of Darragh’s work as she investigates the relationship between objects and their surroundings. It is, however, the process of making these large assemblages that is as important as the observation itself. She makes new from the old and provides objects with a fresh significance or value.

Darragh alters form and function of her found objects and they are transformed in meaning with each shift in context; most often taken out of their traditional domestic interior and placed within the realm of an artistic space or shop window. It is this process of reinvention that is significant, our engagement with the objects and the value we place on them.

Darragh is widely exhibited in New Zealand. Her works are held in various major collections including Auckland City Art Gallery and The Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth. In 2004 the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa featured a major retrospective of her work curated by Natasha COnland and entitled ‘Judy Darragh: So … you made it?’

Well known in artistic circles, Darragh is also involved with The Cuckoo Group, an initiave that organises shows in various galleries or spaces.

A writer, speaker and long time teacher, the artist lives in Auckland.

(Text courtesy of Two Rooms)

EDUCATION

1975-1978
Diploma Visual Communication & Design, Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington

1980
Diploma of Teaching, Auckland Secondary Teachers College, Auckland

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Autopsy, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2013
Please Give Generously, Letting Space, JWT Imperial Lane, Auckland
100 Arrows, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana
International Beggar, Two Rooms, Auckland
Walk This Way, Corbans Estate, Henderson, and Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2012
SCI FI, Waikato University Gallery, Hamilton, and Two Rooms, Auckland

2011
The Plant, Waikato River bank, Hamilton
DATA, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Stainless, Two Rooms, Auckland

2010
Bottle Run, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana
Throw Up, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
Studio of Exhaustion, Physics Room, Christchurch

2009
Studio of Exhaustion for Diligent Service, Two Rooms, Auckland

2008
Hard Rubbing, Snowwhite Gallery, Unitech, Auckland

2007
Plonk, Roger Williams Gallery, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland
The Joy of Stacks, Roger Williams Gallery, Auckland
Arts Society, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua

2006
Arts Society, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland
Judy Darragh: Selected Works Selected, Roger Williams Gallery, Auckland
Frozen Flood, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin;
Ramp Gallery, Waikato University of Technology, Hamilton

2005
Weeping Works, Ann Bibby Gallery, Auckland
Stars Don’t Sparkle in Space, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2004
So … You Made It?, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

2003
Universal Truth and Beauty, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
Truth & Beauty II, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2002
Dreamweavers, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2001
What One Wonders, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Motherboard, Rm 401, Auckland

2000
Sunspots, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
One Wonders, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

1999
Sunspots, Artspace Gallery, Auckland
Lovesongs, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

1998
Love Songs Till Midnight, Physics Room, Christchurch
Cube’n’Dice, Fiat Lux Gallery, Auckland

1997
I’ll Keep You Warm, Auckland University of Technology Student Gallery, Auckland
Liquid Paper, Spot Gallery, Auckland
365 Daze, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Auckland

1996
Universal Drapes, Teststrip Gallery, Auckland
The Night Sky, Teststrip Gallery, Auckland

1995
Floral Extravagance, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; The Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt; The Bath House Art Gallery, Rotorua (with Ani O’Neill)
She’s a Mod! Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
The Collection, Tower Studio Queens College, Melbourne, Australia
Floral Sculptures, The Letting Space Project, Artspace, Auckland

1994
Hula Surprise, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Aquarium Installation, Manatwatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

1991
More Taste Than Money, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

1990
Change of Tack, Catherine Scollay Gallery, Wellington
Moderno Update, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland
X-Cess, Waikato Art Gallery, Hamilton

1988
Culturally Flabby, Southern Cross Gallery, Wellington

1987
Mz Zealanous, Southern Cross Gallery, Wellington
New Zeal, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland

1986
High Track, Southern Cross Gallery, Wellington

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker Artbox, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

2013
Outer Spaces, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

2012
Everyone Knows This is Nowhere, Castillo / Carrales, Paris, France

2010
Studio of Exhibition, Physics Room, Christchurch
Party, Walsall Art Gallery, London, England
Twinset, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

2009
5 : 7, Two Rooms, Auckland
Second Life, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua
Optimism, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
We Are Unsuitable for Framing, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

2006
Calling All Canaries Home, Canary Gallery, Auckland
Girls in Trees, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana (with Rachel Shearer)

2005
Prospect, City Gallery, Wellington
South Project, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
High Chair – New Zealand Artists on Childhood, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland University of Technology

2004
WWW, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Remember New Zealand, Sao Paolo Bienal, Brazil

2002
The jd Show, Rm 401, Auckland (with Julian Dashper)
Lush, Platform 1, Melbourne, Australia
dTail, Mataora Gallery, Auckland

2001
Still Life, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
Polytechnic, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
Fabrications, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

2000
Drunkards Dream, Pavement & Penthouse Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
In Glorious Dreams, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth
Drive, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth

1999
Out of the Ordinary, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Phase Three Installation Laser Bloom, The Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt
Wonderlands, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth

1998
Setting the Table Ceramics, Lopdell House, Auckland

1997
CODEc, Testrip Gallery, Auckland
Sharp and Shiny, Govett Brewster, New Plymouth

1996
Nostalgia, Monash Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Identikit, Lopdell House, Auckland
Badge, Fisher Gallery, Auckland

1995-1996
Hangover, Waikato Museum, Hamilton; Dunedin Public Art Gallery Dunedin; Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

1995
Elvis in Geyserland, Bath House Art Gallery, Rotorua
Stop Making Sense, City Gallery, Wellington
Child’s Play, The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Uno Momento Mas, Artspace, Auckland

1994
150 Ways of Loving, Artspace, Auckland

1993
Comfort Zone, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth

1992
The Carnivalesque Body, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
Surface Tensions: 10 Artists of the 90s, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
Vanitas, The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

1991
Home Made Home Installation, City Gallery, Wellington
Cross Pollination, Artspace Gallery, Auckland
Catholic Taste, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
Intermedia: The Face of Change, Contemporary Women Artists, Bath House Art Gallery, Rotorua

1990
Situation and Style, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch

1989
Rock and Rose Bed Occupied Zone, Artspace Gallery, Auckland
Bestia Fabrica, Fish Shop Gallery, Auckland
Constructed Intimacies, Moet and Chandon Award Exhibition

1988
6 Women Artists, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch

1986
The Blue Room Mountain of Work, Greymouth Art Gallery

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

1999
New Work Grant, Creative New Zealand

1995
Artist in Residence, The Tower Studio, Queens College Melbourne, Australia
Professional Development Grant, Creative New Zealand

1993
Artist in Residence, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

1991
Professional Development Grant, Creative New Zealand

1988
Special Project Grant, New Zealand Arts Council

1986
New Artist Promotion Scheme, New Zealand Arts Council

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Arawa, Rotorua
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Lincoln University Collection, Christchurch
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui
Waikato Museum and Art Gallery Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton