Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki presents Iris, Iris, Iris, a solo exhibition by Dane Mitchell, from Saturday, September 1. Mitchell has a long-
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Within the gallery, Mitchell introduces a range of incense extraction and infusion treatments. Two fusego are used by Mitchell for their traditional purpose of infusing cloth with incense and perfume, and the cloth used has the image of the artist’s iris printed on it. An aroma molecule extraction process enabled by 21st century technology collects scents from the iris flower, an Olympus camera lens and a janome ("snake eye"), a Japanese paper umbrella with a concentric pattern produced to match the artist's iris. An iris perfume, produced in collaboration with Takasago International Corporation, is the composite bouquet of these three types of irises, and is continually agitated by an unseen force.
Finally, the scent of an iris in its traditional form manifests in the Gallery through the placement of a line of incense sticks made in collaboration with the Japanese company Shoyeido Incense Co., which has been manufacturing incense since the 18th century. This seductive line of incense—which if burnt end to end would take 10 years to turn into smoke—extends like a scent trail through the nearby display of artwork from the Gallery's collection, interjecting into that art viewing experience.
Exhibition commissioners for this project : Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, and Zara Stanhope, former Head of Curatorial, Auckland Art Gallery.
Mitchell will be representing New Zealand at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.
Dane Mitchell, Iris, Iris, Iris, 2017 (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018.
Exhibition September 1, 2018–February 24, 2019.
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