Review of Daegan Wells: A Gathering Distrust by Holly Best in Art NZ

Earlier in 2018, Holly Best reviewed Daegan Wells’ solo exhibition at Ilam Campus Gallery titled ‘A Gathering Distrust’ (21 February – 22 March 2018), which also served as his outgoing exhibition as the 2017 Olivia Spencer Bower Award recipient. In her review she, like Bennett in a previous post, referred to my review of the Adam Art Gallery’s emerging group exhibition ‘The Tomorrow People’ in mid-2017.

Wells may have taken note of Chloe Geoghegan’s warning in her Pantograph Punch review of The Tomorrow People at the Adam Art Gallery which suggested no only that ‘this kind of tributary practice is meaningful, but preliminary’ but also that his work is starting to lack the hand of the artist.

Best concludes her assessment with a positive note, that the exhibition offers “up a revelation of a personal history, one that is more engaging than constantly illuminating the past.” The idea that Wells has looked into his own history is an exciting step in his practice.