Shannon Novak & Raimana Jones

Twelve Intervals, 2016

plywood, metal fixings and acrylic paint
1,950 x 700 x 7,200 mm

Twelve Intervals explores an interactive threshold – how bodies transition from one point to another. In between, there is motion, physical engagement and a playfulness of colours and light. The work is a series of twelve wooden doors with geometric incisions and colour surface treatments, fixed to a light steel frame. Each door opens via a pivot hinge that allows fluidity around the direction of its rotation. In its default state, the audience can see all the way through the twelve doors to a vista, referencing French artist Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés, a tableau only visible through a pair of peep holes – a gesture that generates curiosity. Viewers reconfigure the work as they move through and doors are opened and closed. The title of the work refers to the equal spacing between each door, which, like twelve intervals on an equal-tempered instrument, are waiting to be played.

– Shannon Novak and Raimana Jones

Shannon Novak

born 1979, New Plymouth
Lives and works in Auckland

Shannon Novak works in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a focus on exploring the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. Novak has a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Art, The University of Auckland and a Master of Education from Massey University. Public art commissions include at The University of Auckland (2013, 2012), on the New Plymouth clock tower (2011) and at Plus Gallery, Denver, USA (2011). National and international exhibitions including at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Ningbo Museum of Art, China; and Georgia Museum of Art (USA), and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Sarajevo (2104).


Raimana Jones

born 1990, Tahiti
Lives and works in Auckland

Jones graduated with a Master of Architecture (Professional) from The University of Auckland in 2014 and lectures at AUT University teaching digital fabrication and a design studio paper. Jones’ design ideas are influenced by architecture and developed using local materials and a combination of contemporary  digital manufacturing techniques and handcrafting.