Chimp - Escape Mechanism

Chimp at Limn Gallery
Limn Gallery presents 'CHIMP - Escape Mechanism', sponsored by Urbanaut, JOIY Wine, and BurgerFuel.

From 7pm on the 22nd of July to the 7th of August 2022, Limn Gallery (119 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby,  Auckland) brings Wellington contemporary artist ‘CHIMP’ (Ash Sisson) first solo show to Auckland. 'Escape Mechanism', features ten mixed media works on board, each depicting a unique perspective of Aotearoa’s housing crisis. CHIMP is a young emerging artist who is making waves in his field, and is definitely one to watch.
About the Show:
Escape Mechanism responds to Aoteroa’s housing crisis. Millions watch increasing house prices with decreasing value in the places we should be able to escape to and call home. Our crumbling properties, emergency housing units and homeless shelters are mechanisms of escape and safety, for many they’ll represent tūrangawaewae. This collection of original paintings, poems and sculpture aims to visually capture the barriers, realities and solutions ahead for our nation struggling to secure affordable and safe housing.
About the Artist:
Contemporary artist CHIMP began his journey spraying the walls of derelict buildings torn apart by earthquakes, weathering and landlord’s neglect. Today he paints outside the lines of our communities. His generation faces the most expensive housing market in New Zealand’s history, on top of debt for decades to come from pandemics, overseas trade disparities and a decreasing sense of hope across the board. Now, more than ever, the housing crisis will impact all corners of our growing population.

CHIMP voices the concerns of fellow rangatahi in search of hope and change. His paintings represent different stages of the crisis, from flawed building blocks, unaffordable rents, landlords monopolising our cities and ignoring basic healthy home standards. He seeks consolation in cyberspace and conceptualises where we might escape to; copy & paste housing blocks, vertical builds and finally, makeshift housing.