Sunday, May 22, 2016

Auckland Art Fair / gallery hours

This week we will be at the Auckland Art Fair (Booth C9) but the gallery will be open Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5.30pm and Saturday 11am - 3pm, or by appointment outside these hours.
Image: a new painting by Melbourne-based artist Laith McGregor for our group show at the art fair.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jim Speers and Clinton Watkins at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

A collaborative work by Jim Speers and Clinton Watkins, with shanghai-based artist Li Xiao Fei (who was a guest artist at Starkwhite in 2013), features in the exhibition Tell Me A Story: Locality And Narratives at the Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai. Curated by Amy Cheng and Hsieh Fong Rong, the exhibition runs from 28 May to 14 August.  Read more...
Images: Field Recordings, Let the Water Flow (2016) video stills

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WA Focus: Rebecca Baumann

Rebecca Baumann presents new work in WA Focus at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 28 May to 22 August. Read more...
Image: Rebecca Baumann, Mixed Feelings, 2012, Arduino controller, drive circuits/electronics, remote control, IR receiver, dimensions variable. Commissioned by GOMA for Contemportray Australia: Women

Alicia Frankovich at the ISCP, New York

Alicia Frankovich has taken up Creative New Zealand's 2016 residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York. Her four-month residency runs to 31 August. Read more...
Image: Alicia Frankovich, Soft Water (detail) 2015, Olympic swimming pool steps and polished shells

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Alicia Frankovich in LISTE Performance Project

Alicia Frankovich has been selected for Trans Corporeal Metabolisms, the 12th Performance Project of LISTE Art Fair Basel (14-19 June), curated by Eva Birkenstock. Read more...

Auckland Art Fair launches new Projects Programme

Grant Stevens is represented in Pacific Real Time, the inaugural edition of Auckland Art Fair Project Programme curated by Jarrod Rawlins, curator at MONA, Hobart, and Simon Rees, Director, Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth.

The curators have selected Stevens’ multi-channel video installation Sky in which a virtual camera floats across a panorama of endlessly generating digital clouds. Created with a single photograph as its starting point, Sky explores the possibilities for the proliferation of the digital image, while also seeking space for quietude and contemplation. Accompanied by a dreamy soundscape, which is similarly digitally generated to create infinitely variable patterns and loops, Sky’s panorama is without progression or climax. Instead, as a counterpoint to our ‘culture of distraction’, it offers a kind of meditation on the perpetual present; an ever-changing, yet consistent experience of the present moment. 
Image: Grant Stevens, Sky 2016, HD video with surround sound, multiple display formats, infinite loop, edition of 5 plus a/p

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Auckland bound

Two new paintings by Martin Basher on their way to New Zealand for our booth at the Auckland Art Fair (May 25-29).

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Coming up at Starkwhite

Our next show by Fiona Pardington runs from 24 May to 18 June alongside her survey exhibition A Beautiful Hesitation at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
Image: Fiona Pardington, Flora Unicorn (2016), C type photograph, dimensions variable

Alicia Frankovich in Les Limbes, Paris

Alicia Frankovich is in the exhibition Le Limbes at La Galerie, Centre for Contemporary Art, Noisy-le-Sec, Paris. Curated by Caterina Riva (former director of Artspace, NZ), the exhibition run from 20 May to 16 July. Read more...
Images: The Ghost and the Comrade (top) and Soft Water (2015), Olympic pool stairs, polished shells (below)

Starkwhite at the Auckland Art Fair

We're presenting a group show at the Auckland Art Fair (25-29 May) - one that evolves over the five-day event. By rotating artists and works we can present a representative selection of Starkwhite artists and give works room to breath, rather than opting for an all-in salon hang. Our lineup for the Fair includes Melbourne-based artists Daniel Crooks who will stage his first solo show at Starkwhite in June/July.
Image: Daniel Crooks, Static No. 3 (underwater flight recording), 2010, digital video 16:9, colour stereo sound

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Clinton Watkins: lowercase

Clinton Watkins exhibition lowercase runs at Starkwhite to 14 May. You can read a review of the show here.
Images: installation views of lowercase by Clinton Watkins

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fiona Pardington to receive prestigious French honour

In a rare honor, photographer Fiona pardington will be named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, in a ceremony at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on 1 May.        

She is the first New Zealand visual artist to receive this honour, which recognises eminent artists and writers who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Other recipients include Sir Peter Jackson (who will also be named at the ceremony on 1 May), George Clooney, Olafur Eliasson, Hou Hanru, Cate Blanchette, Uma Thurman, Tim Burton, Rudolf Nureyev and William S. Burroughs.      

Pardington is receiving the award for her extraordinary, in-depth photographic work and research of the collections held in multiple French museums, recognized also in 2009 when she was awarded the Quai Branly Laureate award, La Residence de Photoquai.      

During her Laureate, which she completed in 2010, she created several bodies of work from the various museum collections, the most renowned being The Pressure of Sunlight Falling were she photographed the casts taken by French phrenologist Dumoutier who was on board Dumont d'Urville's voyage through the Pacific in 1837-1840.      
Fiona Pardington, Portrait of a life-cast of Matoua Tawai (right profile), Aoteroa/New Zealand 20101, courtesy of the Musee de l'Homme, Paris

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gavin Hipkins' New Age to screen at Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Gavin Hipkins' latest short film New Age (2016) will have its world premiere in the prestigious International Competition at the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.  Oberhausen is one of the leading international film festivals dedicated to short film as a specific medium of artistic expression. In New Age, Hipkins calls on passages from a nineteenth century spiritualist manual. Set within the ritual landscape of Avebury’s stone circles, Hipkins' film imagines a solstice celebration in which spiritualism and spirit photography are revisited in the twenty-first century.
Image: Gavin Hipkins, New Age (2016), film still

Seung Yul Oh trials new virtual reality app for Google Chrome

Seung Yul Oh was one of six artists invited to San Francisco recently to experiment with Google Chrome's latest Tilt Brush app that enables artists to use virtual reality to paint space around them. This link takes you to Oh's session.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The art of the cameraless photograph

Gavin Hipkins is represented in Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph at the Govett-Brester Art Gallery. Curated by Geoffrey Batchen, the exhibition explores the cameraless mode of photography from its inception in the 1820s through to contemporary practice by artists like Hipkins. The show runs from 29 April to 14 August 2016.
Gavin Hipkins, The Coil 1998. 32 silver gelatin pints each 510 x 400 mm

Monday, April 18, 2016

Matt Henry with Madoka Kouno at Goya Curtain, Tokyo

Matt Henry shares the physical and aural boundaries of Goya Curtain (Tokyo) with Madoka Kouno in the exhibition Personal Recordings, opening 22 April 2016.

Madoka Kouno, a sound artist and improviser who has been performing since the early 2000s, presents two tracks that were recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, in November 2012. Utilising portable tape recorders (without cassettes) as sound making and amplifying devices, she manipulated and changed their positions to create subtle tremors and rich complex sound vibrations that radiated throughout the space.

Appropriating graphic motifs and colours used by various videocassettes circa 1980, Henry uses the anachronistic technology of painting to extract memories from this obsolete format. Drawing upon his own video library as source material, he proposes these paintings as models that preceded (and informed) his experience of colour field painting, and as objects and memories that challenge modernist doctrines attached to abstraction.
Image: Matt Henry, The Endless Summer, 2016, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 382 x 468mm

Installation views of Starkwhite at Art Los Angeles Contemporary

In January we presented a solo exhibition by Michael Zavros at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC). It's the third solo Zavros show we have presented at art fairs - it follows presentations at at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2014 and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015 - and it was our fourth participation in ALAC. You can also read our release and see more images of artworks presented at ALAC here. And we have a piece of writing on Zavros by Robert Leonard, published as a PDF, which is available on request (email us at
Images: Installation views of Michael Zavros' solo exhibition at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (2016).

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rebecca Baumann in residence in Helsinki

Rebecca Baumann is nearing the end of her three-month, Australia Council-funded residency at the Helsinki International Artists Programme where she is researching new works stemming from her interest in color, light and time.
Image: Rebecca Baumann, Improvised Smoke Device, 2010

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Daniel Crooks in Bullet Time

Daniel Crooks is showing in Bullet Time at the City Gallery Wellington. Curated by Robert Leonard, the exhibition showcases two artists (Crooks and Steve Carr) who explore themes of time. It also places them in conversation with two historical photographers and pioneers of motion study Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Read more...

Crooks is represented by Starkwhite and will present his first solo show at the gallery at the end of June.
Image: Daniel Crooks, Train No. 10 (Onwards Backwards), 2012, currently showing in Bullet Time at the City Gallery Wellington

Acquisitions: Fiona Pardington Still Life goes to the Christchurch Art Gallery

The Christchurch Art Gallery has acquired Fiona Pardington's Still Life with Wild Wheat and Freesias, one of the works presented recently by Starkwhite at Art Basel Hong Kong (2016).
Image: Fiona Pardington, Still Life with Wild Wheat and Freesias, 2011, dimensions variable