Elke Finkenauer, Members Club, 2019. Photograph by Sam Hartnett.

Elke Finkenauer, Members Club


6 April – 15 June 2019


The Booth


Members Club borrows its title from the nearby Northern Club, an exclusive members club built on the site of the first section sold at Auckland’s inaugural controlled land sale in 1841. These clubs were socially and culturally exclusive – the Northern Club did not admit women until 1991. Members Club uses the upholstery style and material of a Chesterfield sofa, an item often seen inside these clubs, to consider forms of exclusion. The upholstered façade symbolises a door or blocked form of entry to a hidden space within.

Members Club is the first in a series of site-specific installations located in the space of the building’s original telephone booth. The Booth is Gus Fisher Gallery’s space for site-specific proposals, open annually for applications from artists across any career stage.