Saturday, June 20, 2015

Billy Apple®: The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else closes with a sound performance

Billy Apple®: The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else closes at the Auckland Art Gallery this weekend with a performance. Jazz musician Nathan Haines leads a quartet assembled for a sound performance of the Billy Apple-Jonathan Besser score Quartet. The performance is in the gallery's North Atrium, 1-2pm, free admission.
Image: Billy Apple@, January 2012, acrylic on canvas, 800 x 800mm 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Martin Basher's A Guide to Benefits at ANAT EBGI, LA

Martin Basher's exhibition A Guide to Benefits is showing at ANAT EBGI in Los Angeles from 13 June to 25 July.
Images: Installation views of A Guide to Benefits at ANAT EBGI, June 2015

Billy Apple sound works at Te Uru

This link takes you to a review of Billy Apple Sound Works at Te Uru, a satellite exhibition curated by Andrew Clifford and staged at the time of the Billy Apple® survey exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, which closes this weekend.
Image: installation view of Billy Apple Sound Works at Te Uru

Friday, June 5, 2015

Art as a Verb at Artspace, Sydney

Billy Apple and Alicia Frankovich are represented in Art as a Verb, which opened last night at Artspace, Sydney. Curated by Charlotte Day, Francis E Parker and Patrice Sharkey for Monash University of Art, the exhibition takes as its departure point the concept of art as action, presenting projects from the 1990s to the present challenge the traditional role of the artist and the site of the museum. What constitutes the work of an artists? How do the varying roles of artist (an instigator, facilitator, teacher, performer, consumer or visionary) for within broader society? And how does the museum support art forms that function beyond the art object?
Image: Alicia Frankovich, Not Yet Titled, 2014, stainless steel, Thera bands, drink bottle, shoe lace, 80 x 90 x 45 cm. Exhibition view, Kunstverein Hildeheim

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A novel presentation of Gavin Hipkins' Erewhon at the Mangare Arts Centre

On Saturday 6 June, the Mangare Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku presents Gavin Hipkins' feature length film Erewhon, which is based on the 1972 novel by Samuel Butler. The film's narrator Mia Blake and composer Rachel Shearer will deliver a live soundtrack and voice performance in conjunction with the screening which takes place from 1-2pm.

Erewhon: the Book of the Machines, which combines photographs from the film with a 26 minute film extract, is also showing at the Forrester Gallery, timed to coincide with Oamuaru's 2015 Steampunk festival.
Images: Gavin Hipkins Erewhon (Mountains)Erewhon (Planet) and Erewhon (Forest) 2014, archival pigment prints, 600 x 337mm  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Laith McGregor opens tonight at Starkwhite

Laith McGregor's exhibition Somewhere Anywhere opens at tonight Starkwhite, 6-8pm, and runs to 4 July 2015.
Image: Laith McGregor, Terry (2015), pencil on paper, 30 x 40 cm; installation view of Somewhere Anywhere, Starkwhite July 2015 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Laith McGregor's exhibition Somewhere Anywhere opens at Starkwhite on Tuesday

Our next exhibition, Somewhere Anywhereis by Melbourne-based artist Laith McGregor, who is  known for his portraits that combine photographic realism with fragments of history, fiction, popular culture and other mythologies. The runs from 1 June to 4 July with a preview on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Seung Yul Oh's new public artwork

Seung Yul Oh's OnDo, a temporary public sculpture at Ballantyne's Park on Auckland's Dominion Road, which is known for its Asian restaurants. You can read a review of the piece here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A coastal walk of art

Len Lye's Wind Wand is a striking and much-loved feature of New Plymouth's coastal walkway, which also includes John Reynolds' Big Wave Territory. This work celebrates Taranaki's rich cultural landscape, directing passers by to various local and regional destinations - the Mountain, Paritutu Rock and Sugar Loaf Island, SPOT X and The Forgotten World Highway. Using Transit New Zealand's road design format and materials, the high reflection sign also provides cultural points of departure, including artistic legacies, such as the writing of celebrated author Ronald Hugh Morrieson and Len Lye's kinetic sculpture.
Images: Len Lye's Wind Wand and John Reynolds, Big Wave Territory, Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth

New Plymouth's coastal walkway: a lesson for city planners on how to create social space

Visitors to the new Len Lye Centre and refurbished Govett-Brewster Art Gallery have another treat in store for them - New Plymouth's coastal walkway. Like many New Zealand cities, New Plymouth was cut off from its waterfront by a four-lane highway and railway line until a plan was hatched to buy up properties along the foreshore and create an elegantly landscaped walkway for local residents and visitors to the city. Created through a multi-disciplinary approach (urban design, landscape architecture, environmental heritage, public art and town planning) it is a brilliant example of how to create social space for residents and support other creative city agendas such as tourism. It's a must-see piece of social engineering.
Image: New Plymouth's coastal walkway offering views of the sea and back over the city to Mt Taranaki

Monday, May 18, 2015

Len Lye Centre: a building inspired by the movement of light

The new Len Lye Centre will open in new Plymouth on 25 July alongside the refurbished Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The complex will combine a museum of contemporary art with New Zealand's first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneer filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Designed by Patterson Associates, the new Centre features a mirror-finished, light-reflecting facade inspired by the movement of light in Lye's sculptures and films - a pitch-perfect research and exhibition centre for an artist who once said: "My work I think is going to be pretty good for the 21st century."
Image: Len  Lye Centre designed by Patterson Associates, Auckland

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rebecca Baumann's Sydney projects

As the exhibition Rebecca Baumann + Brendan van Hek: Colour Restraint draws to and end at Campbelltown Arts Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that Baumann will curate the next MCA Art Bar which takes place during VIVID, Sydney's festival of light, music and ideas. Working with a collective of artists, Baumann has also created a new work for VIVID that will transform the MCA facade into a series of sound and colour 'machines' that create a continuously morphing listening and viewing experience. We will report on the Art Bar and Festival later this month.
Images: installation views of a commissioned work by Rebecca Baumann and Brendan van Hek in the exhibition Colour Restraint at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Michael Zavros' art magazine covers

Michael Zavros is on the cover of two Australian art magazines - Art Monthly and Art Collector. The cover images are of photographs from his solo show presented by Starkwhite at this year's edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and produced through a collaboration with world's highest paid model, Sean O'Pry

Art Monthly also contains a 6-page spread on Zavros by QAG|GOMA curator Peter McKay on the artist's new interest in photography and performance where he acts as director working with models, commercial photographers, lighting technicians and make-up artists. McKay also covers Zavros' first foray into performance presented by starkwhite (with Rolls Royce) at the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. Zavros worked with Australia's superstar models the Stenmark twins, a Rolls Royce Wraith, and an endless supply of MZ-monogrammed chocolates offered as gifts to guests at the vernissage.
Image: covers of the current issues of Art Monthly and Art Collector Art Collector  (top and middle) and a view of Zavros' performance Forty at the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Starkwhite announces representation of new artists

We are delighted to announce the representation of three artists - Laith McGregor (AUS), Fiona Pardington (NZ) and Yuk King Tan (HK). McGregor will stage his first solo show with us in May, followed by Pardington in June and Tan in 2016. We will profile each of the artists in advance of their shows, but in the meantime go to our website for images of their work
Image: Laith McGregor, AIAIG, 2014, pencil on paper (top); Fiona Pardington, Mokosoi/Ylang Ylang, Fiji, 2014, pigment ink on Hahnemuhle photo rag; Yuk King Tan, The Beautiful Game, 2008, mixed media and firecrackers, installation detail

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Billy Apple® satellite shows

A number of Billy Apple satellite shows are being presented in Auckland, timed to coincide with the survey exhibition Billy Apple®: The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. 

First up was SUCK, the first section of a two-part exhibition, Poetry in Motion, curated by Artspace director Misal Adnan Yildiz. Featuring a Suck sculpture and four small off-set lithographs on canvas of men with erections, perfectly centered on each wall, the exhibition transitioned into Poetry in Motion, a group show with with a lineup of artists including Billy Apple®, Art & Language, Bruce Barber, Yoko Ono, Martha Rosler and Laurence Weiner. This link takes you to a review of SUCK.

The Artspace show was followed by BILLY APPLE SOUND WORKS at Te Uru which gathers together, for the first time, sound works produced by Apple in collaboration with composers such as Jonathan Besser, Annea Lockwood, John Osborne and Nam June Paik.

Around the same time, Starkwhite launched its contribution to the city-wide satellite shows. Curated by Mary Morrison, TOTEM presents Billy Apple alongside Arnold Manaaki Wilson. Using the golden ratio the artist has divided the two columns in Starkwhite into artist's cut and dealers's cut. Starkwhite's share is white and remains part of the gallery architecture, and Apple demonstrates his share by painting it yellow, like a 3-D bar graph. Arnold Wilson is represented with three pou whenua of maori ancestral figures - Haumia, the god of wild, uncultivated things and her children Rangitiina and Tiniia. Grouped together they signify regeneration, emphasising the need to take care of nature's ecosystems.

You can read the curators rationale for the juxtaposition of the two artists here.

Image: Billy Apple SUCK, installation view, Artspace (top); artwork for SOUND WORKS at Te Uru (middle);  TOTEM, installation view, Starkwhite (bottom)

The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else

The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is currently showing Billy Apple®: The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else, an exhibition surveying work produced during a career spanning over 50 years.

Billy Apple was 'born' in London in 1962, the same year he graduated from the Royal College of Art, when the 26 year old artist changed his name and bleached his hair. By reinventing himself, Apple sought to establish a new relationship between the the artist and everyday life by exploring how he could be redefined as a 'product' with his own distinct brand. 

His commitment to testing the boundaries between art and life continue to this day. In 2007 Billy Apple® registered his name as a trademark. He is now involved in various projects that explore the legal concept of intellectual property by bringing his art brand into the market place. As Apple says, he is a brand looking for product and the survy show includes recent examples of this move, such as his Billy Apple Cider produced through a collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi's Derek Lockwood.

Apple's contributions to the history of pop and conceptual art have been recognised internationally, with a major two-part survey at Rotterdam's Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in 2009, curated by Nicholaus Schafhausen. He is also represented in the Walker Art Centre's forthcoming survey of pop art opening in Minneapolis in 2016. 

Curated by Christina Barton, Billy Apple®: The Artist Has To Live Like Everybody Else runs to 21 June 2015. 
Image: Billy Apple (above), Billy Apple Cider (middle) and Billy Apple Art Free for the Taking, 2015 (below), a free multiple which is being snapped up by visitors to the the exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Starkwhite blog is back online

Following a three-month hiatus, we have relaunched our blog. We will continue to post reports on our artists and our programme along with news from around the globe, but with a focus on developments in the Asia-Pacific region (including the Pacific-rim).

We will post items several times a week, but not every day as we did in the past, and well preview blog posts on Instagram (you can follow us at @starkwhite).

This week we'll report on new additions to our stable of artists, Billy Apple's must-see survey exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (and city-wide Apple satellite shows), and spin-offs from our participation in this year's edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Martin Basher's Jizzy Velvet

Martin Basher's Jizzy Velvet continues this week at Starkwhite, through to 7 March 2015.
Images: installation views of Martin basher's Jizzy Velvet.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A new flag for New Zealand?

Image: Michael Smythe's design for a New Zealand flag based on Gordon Walters' koru paintings.

New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day

Image: David Hatcher's Waitangi, First Article, English (as signed), 2004.