Akiko Diegel: the day before tomorrow
September 17 @ 10:00 am - October 7 @ 4:00 pm
Opening Saturday 19th September 11am – 2pm
Artist on site Saturday 26th September 1-2pm & Saturday 4th October 1-2pm
Observation of everyday life is a fundamental practice for making our lives better, easier, more stylish, comfortable and agreeable, and giving our lives aesthetic comfort.
“Having Observed everyday life, for last few years, in several countries, and positioning myself as a “consumer”, has given me a better understanding of the concept of the existence of the products and the culture and philosophy behind them. As I am a consumer, with this exhibition, I am re-positioning myself as a creator to re-present /re-produce the consumption of every day life that surround me.”
This exhibition, through highly detailed hand-drawn gel ink drawings of everyday consumer products, tries to reinforce the role that we, as intelligent humans, can play in having a deeper understanding of the plethora of products and conspicuous consumption that surrounds us, and the effects they have on our lives.
Akiko Diegel was born in Japan and lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated with an MFA in 2008 from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Since 2007 Diegel was selected to exhibit in a number of significant group and solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and internationally. In 2011, Akiko Diegel was awarded the Paramount Award for her work Cure at the 20th Annual Wallace Art Awards.
Some of Akiko’s drawings: