Maddie Leach: If you find the good oil let us know - Art Collector

Courtesy: Maddie Leach, Mercedes Vincent, Warren Olds and the Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Zealand

22 January 2014 | Wellington-based artist Maddie Leach is about to release a book documenting her 2012 residency at New Zealand’s Govett-Brewster Gallery.

During that time she worked on a project called
If you find the good oil let us know, which created a narrative spanning whales, cement, scientists, seafarers and oil companies via a community of letter writers and readers. One part of the project saw her send a parcel of whale oil off to a Christchurch company with the instructions “for fatty acid profile etc”.

Leach, whose practice is often consciously and poetically influenced by place, also drew on the temporary closure of the Govett-Brewster (due to reopen in 2015). Last year the title of the project appeared on the gallery’s façade at the same time a series of letters were printed in the Taranaki Daily News.

Leach, and Auckland-based designer Warren Olds, have now distilled
If you find the good oil let us know into a 96-page hardback book. It will be launched at the Govett-Brewster Gallery on 14 February 2014 at 5.30pm.

Jane O'Sullivan

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