Wanda Gillespie is an Auckland-based artist working with wood to create bespoke abaci. Her contemporary interpretations of this ancient counting instrument explore and expand upon the creation of value, systems of measurement, and encounters between material and mystical worlds.
Counting frames for a transient era reflects on timelessness as a term of value, relating this to the distortion of time during the pandemic and the ngahere surrounding Karekare where Gillespie completed a residency in 2021. It contrasts a view of time as measurable and linear – using forms like the hourglass within the inner structure of the abaci – with the deep time of growth and evolution, of which its materials bear traces.
Presented in the Te Uru window space alongside Titirangi’s main thoroughfare, Gillespie’s work offers a moment of pause amid the flow of traffic. As life otherwise resumes its old, rushed rhythms, it acts as an invitation to look beyond the present moment and its immediate desires, toward a larger system of beings and cycles in which we are immersed.
Wanda Gillespie is an Australian/New Zealand contemporary artist based in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her sculptural works and performative actions seek transcendence through the reimagining of known forms. A belief in the spiritual potency of physical objects drives her work, which looks to unlock the energetic qualities of materials through traditional craft techniques.
Wanda Gillespie: Counting Frames for a Transient Era
The Titirangi Village Market is an integral part of the heart and soul of Titirangi culture. Come along on Sunday and experience what makes it so special.
Local and international creators have devised an intriguing and unusual afternoon of mind-bending sonic and spatial experiences as part of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days.
Titirangi Comedy Night! Featuring the incredible Wilson Dixon!
Tony Lyall (The Project NZ, NZ Comedy Gala)
Guy Montgomery (Taskmaster NZ, 7 Days, Have You Been Paying Attention?)
Michele A'Court (2010 NZ Female Comedian of the Decade, 7 Days)
Brunch at French Bay.
Back again for another food truck feast, delicious coffee, live music and one of the best views around for Brunch at French Bay Yacht Club.
It's a fresh tasty line up of yum from our sister company Love Street Food and we cannot wait.