City Gallery
Zac Langdon-Pole: Containing Multitudes & Simon Ingram: The Algorithmic Impulse

Top image: Zac Langdon-Pole Pollinations 2020

November 21st – March 7th

Come down to and witness two brilliant new exhibitions, on now at City Gallery Wellington.

The award-winning Zac Langdon-Pole rethinks our relationship to nature and colonial history, through his puzzling, major New Zealand debut, ​‘Containing Multitudes’ ​. Utilising artificial life and robotics, Simon Ingram’s ​‘The Algorithmic Impulse’ ​ challenges our idea of ‘the artist’. Visit on the weekend to watch a person’s brainwaves being turned into art. Experience the magic for yourself.

Free entry.

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Seeing the Universe in a Grain of Sand

A major new City Gallery Wellington show will introduce the puzzling work of Berlin-based expat Zac Langdon-Pole to New Zealand audiences. Opening Saturday 21 November 2020, Containing Multitudes prompts audiences to rethink their relationship to nature, colonial history, and more.

Internationally prominent in recent years, Langdon-Pole has been winning awards in Europe, including the seventh BMW Art Journey in 2018, which enabled him to take a round-the-world research trip. However, with the pandemic, the frequent flyer found himself stranded in New Zealand, unable to return to Germany. He has taken the opportunity to develop this show—his largest yet—for City Gallery, which features mostly new work.

‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, says City Gallery Director Elizabeth Caldwell. ‘Travel restrictions actually made this possible.’ The largest work in the show is a 140m2 floor of recycled native timber, previously riddled with borer beetles, it has been sealed and gilded with gold leaf – offering viewers the chance to appreciate and interpret the work while walking over it.

‘There’s never one truth about ourselves or a landscape’, says Langdon-Pole. ‘Containing Multitudes is underpinned by questions of what belongs where and how we order the world.’

Langdon-Pole’s gleaming floor is accompanied by diverse works including a 60,000,000-year-old tortoise-shell fossil resting on a vacuum cleaner, a preserved bird of paradise in an antique safe, meteorite fragments stuck in octopus shells, old-master collaged jigsaw puzzles, and sand photograms that look like deep space. ‘Langdon-Pole is a rising star but hasn’t been seen much in his homeland. Come and see what all the fuss has been about,’ says curator Robert Leonard.

About City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi
City Gallery Wellington is a contemporary-art gallery with a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, and an international reputation. Located in Te Ngākau Civic Square, the Gallery is the hub for art-life in New Zealand’s capital.

Containing Multitudes

Opens 21 November – 7 March 2021
Open daily 11am – 5pm
City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square

Opening Weekend: Zac Langdon-Pole Artist Talk
2pm, Saturday 21 November 2020