Eyes and nose

Updated: Jul 21

Dane Mitchell researched the production of scent, from traditional Japanese incense to the latest fragrances, for his multi-part installation Iris, Iris, Iris.


The exhibition explores the different meanings of the word ‘iris’; as flower, as part of the eye, in camera technology and in Greek myth. Combining incense and perfume with items related to the act of seeing, Mitchell makes poetic connections between two of the ways we encounter the world. ‘This body of work considers the entanglement of our senses, specifically the ocular and the olfactory,’ says Mitchell, who will represent New Zealand at the 2019 Venice Biennale.


Dane Mitchell, 'Iris, Iris, Iris', 2017, (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018

Iris, Iris, Iris was co-commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery and Mori Art Museum, with support from Creative New Zealand’s Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund. Auckland Art Gallery’s Curator, Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland says the exhibition ‘combines the beautiful and the austere in a laboratory-like environment built to test these non-visual systems.’


Dane Mitchell, 'Iris, Iris, Iris', 2017, (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018

Dane Mitchell: Iris, Iris, Iris

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Until February


First published ArtZone #76

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