Exhibition

happiness is only real when shared

 

13 February – 29 May 2021

 

Mark Schroder

Aotearoa New Zealand

 

Wong Ping

Hong Kong

 

Pinar Yoldas

Turkey/USA

happiness is only real when shared responds to Gus Fisher Gallery’s 2019 exhibition We’re Not Too Big to Care. Considering the gallery’s surrounding commercial landscape, We’re Not Too Big to Care explored what it might mean to rise above the fast paced, cyclical structures of contemporary life to enable us all to regain a sense of humanity.

happiness is only real when shared continues the dialogues raised through We’re Not Too Big to Care from an altered landscape post-2020. The exhibition features three artists who each address modern capitalist desires with astute criticality and satire and ponders the current moment through a surreal maze of animation, site-specific installation, and sculpture. Titled after a bittersweet cliché in Wong Ping’s famed Fables series (2018-19), happiness is only real when shared aims to jolt us from the throws of daily living and into a tumultuous and alternative mise-en-scène where transformation and individual reflection may become possible.

 

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List of works

 

Press

Sam Gaskin, ‘In Conversation with Wong Ping’. The Art Paper, March 2021.
Lynn Freeman with Mark Schroder, ‘Artist Mark Schroder takes on modern corporate culture’, Standing Room Only, RNZ, 14 February 2021.

 

Essay

Love and robots through a scanner darkly

 

Samuel Te Kani

 

Essay

HAPPINESS IN THE AGE OF PERSONALISED CORPORATIONS, SMART TECH, AND DIGITAL MEDIA

 

Alena Kavka

 

Events

happiness is only real when shared

 

Cantonese language guided tour with Wai Ching Chan
27 March 2021

Poetry night: reader response with Dominic Hoey, Matilda Clack, Ria Masae, Liam Jacobson & Takunda Muzondiwa
22 April 2021

Lunchtime tour with Mark Schroder & Lisa Beauchamp
14 May 2021

Tarot with Te Kani: career readings
29 May 2021

 

Gus Fisher Gallery
74 Shortland Street
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Central 1010

Tuesday – Friday:
10am – 5pm
Saturdays:
10am – 4pm