Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In Motion continues at Starkwhite

Our exhibition In Motion continues this week and through to 8 August. You can read an insightful review of the show here.
Image: Installation videos of In Motion - Alicia Frankovich (upstairs), Rebecca Baumann & Brendan Van Hek (downstairs)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Len Lye Centre opens to great acclaim

The much-anticiapted Len Lye Centre opened over the weekend alongside the refurbished Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Controversy has swirled around the Centre ever since it was first mooted, dividing the city council, as well as citizens, into opposing camps. However, the new mirror-finished building is now proving to be a hit with locals, with just under 8,500 people visiting over the weekend - and this from a city with a population of 69,000.
Image: entrance to the new Len Lye Centre, designed by Auckland-based architect Andrew Patterson

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Art Basel appoints new director of Americas

Art Basel has a new director of Americas. The current director of The Armory Show, Noah Horowitz, has been appointed to the role which includes overseeing Art Basel Miami Beach fair. In a recent interview with ARTINFO he spoke about his appointment, his legacy at The Armory Show and how he plans to address challenges facing Art Basel Miami Beach. Read more...
Image: Noah Horowitz

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Artistic director of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale named

Maria Lind has been appointed artistic director for the 2016 Gwangju Biennale. "I will make sure next year's Gwangju Biennale will be a place where artists, the public, people working in the art industry , and local residents gather to discuss, relate and communicate in the name of art," Lind said during a precent press conference. The previous edition of Gwangju Biennale, curated by DIA Art Foundation director Jessica Morgan, was marked by controversy and led to the resignation of Biennale Foundation president Lee Yong-Woo.
Image: Maria Lind

John Reynolds' Epistomadologies at the Auckland Art Gallery

John Reynolds' Epistomadologies opened at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki last night and runs to i November. Read more...
Images: from John Reynolds', Epistomadologies series 2001

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How do artists confront troubling national histories?

Reparative Aesthetics: Rosangela Renno and Fiona Pardington is showing at the University of Sydney Art Gallery to 25 September. Curated by Sue Best, the show addresses the question: how do artists confront troubling national histories? Renno and Pardington are positioned as artists who have have pioneered a reparative approach to the representation of the colonized and disenfranchised.
Image: Fiona Pardington, Portrait of a life cast of Koe (front), Timor, 2011; Rosangela Renno Three Holes 1998, from the Vulgo series (Alias) 1998-99

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rules of Nature in public space

Jin Jiangbo's interactive projection Rules of Nature was launched recently on Auckland's Dominion Road. The work is in the manner of Chinese ink and wash painting, presented as a video projection with software that allows it to respond to the movement of viewers on the street. Commissioned by the Auckland City Council and the Albert-Eden Local Board, the projection runs each night after dark at the New Zealand Chinese Bookshop, 672 Dominion Road, Mt Eden.
Images: stills from Jin Jiangbo's Rules of Nature (2015).

In Motion at Starkwhite

In Motion runs at Starkwhite this week and through to 8 August. The show includes work by Rebecca Baumann and Brendan Van Hek (AUS), Alicia Frankovich (DE), Len Lye (NZ) Laszlo Moholoy-Nagy (US) and Grant Stevens (AUS). Read more here...
Images (top to bottom): Rebecca Bauman & Brendan Van Hek, Untitled (2015), acrylic and aluminum; Alicia Frankovich, Becoming Public: Actor (2015), C-print & The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations (2015), curtain, ribbon, fan, cord, plug; Len Lye, A COLOUR BOX (1935), Laszlo Moholy-Nagy,  Ein Lichtspiel: schwarz weiss grau (A Lightplay: Black White Grey)(1930), film still; Grant Stevens, Particle Wave (2013), six lenticular panels. A COLOUR BOX (1935) is presented in In Motion courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and the British Postal Museum and Archive, from material preserved by the BFI National Archive and made available by Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. The Len Lye Foundation also acknowledges the support of Technix Group Ltd. Ein Lichtspiel: schwartz weiss grau (A Lightplay: Black White Grey) is presented in In Motion courtesy of the Moholy-Nagy Foundation.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Last few days for Laith McGregor's Somewhere Anywhere

Laith McGregor's exhibition Somewhere Anywhere closes at Starkwhite on Saturday, 3pm. You can read a review of the show here.
Image: Laith McGregor, Somewhere Anywhere, installation view

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