The Violet Hour by John Reynolds
Now – 25 October 2020
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Wellesley St East, Auckland
Enter the South Atrium and encounter a new, site-specific commission by artist John Reynolds titled, The Violet Hour.
The work’s form references McCahon’s late painting Flight from Egypt, 1980, in which two round-edged squares recall the windows of the bus that took him out of the city and towards his Titirangi studio after work each day. Here, however, the geometry is lively, brushy and like a brilliant mosaic. Light pushes through different densities of paint, colouring the inside of the building, pouring down the adjacent stairwell, and creating a stained-glass effect. Reynolds emulates the popular genre of sunset painting with a deliberate frivolity that makes the sun dance around the space and lets life outside provide the canvas for painterly movement.
The Violet Hour (installation detail) by John Reynolds, 2019.