September 16 — October 11, 2008
Dashper’s work focuses on the histories, theories and more general or popular ideas of abstraction, conceptualism, and minimalism as a working methodology. The geographical positioning of New Zealand globally and how this country receives and disseminates visual information is also a core subject in Dashper’s work. His practice manifests itself in various forms, including paintings, unique photographs of paintings, found objects infused with abstract images and various multiples.
Respectful, even affectionate references to local culture and art history are always present in Dashper’s work, whilst his own adaptations of abstraction, conceptualism and minimalism fully acknowledge their lineage within international art. As Christina Barton, director of the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, has written “This has allowed him the unique perspective of attending to an internationalist art history from a distance, enabling him to devise strategies to work around his geographical isolation whilst simultaneously articulating its effects“.