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

Acquisitions: Bad Dad heads to QAG|GOMA

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation has selected Michael Zavros' Bad Dad as its 2016 appeal acquisition, enabling QAG | GOMA to acquire one of the artist's finest (and most famous) paintings for its collection. Bad Dad was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald Prize (Art Gallery of New South Wales) and featured in the exhibition Bad Dad at Starkwhite in 2014 and in our solo show of Zavros' work at Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. 
Image: Michael Zavros, Bad Dad, 2103, oil on canvas 110 x 150 cm

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Coming up at Starkwhite - Clinton Watkins

Our next exhibition, lowercase by Clinton Watkins, runs from 19 April to 14 May. There won't be an opening for this exhibition, but we will be hosting events with the artist throughout the show. Watch this space for more information.
Image: Clinton Watkins, Mono (2015) video still

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Whitney Bedford: Lost and Found

Installation views of Whitney Bedford's exhibition Lost and Found which closes on Thursday 14 April. Read more...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

ARTLINK publishes on-line review of the Adelaide Biennial

ARTLINK has posted an online review of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, with Michael Zavros' Painting Sideshow Bob on the home page. The review covers Zavros' installation of Still Life paintings. Read more...
Image: Michael Zavros, Sideshow Bob (32015), oil on canvas, 140 x 110 cm

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

For Pink Pussycat Club Part 2

For Pink Pussycat Club is an evolving parallel exhibition staged in collaboration with Artspace and its current project THE BILL -  a programme of research-based exhibitions and events marking the 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in Aotearoa. You can read more about this project here. The current exhibition at Starkwhite includes work by Billy Apple, Fiona Clark, Alicia Frankovich, Dale Harding, Nilbar Gures, Paul Johns and Catherine Opie.  
Images: installation views of For Pink Pussycat Club, part two at Starkwhite, 2016

Richard Maloy's installation at Art Basel Hong Kong, 2016

Installation views of Richard Maloy's Yellow Structure presented by Starkwhite in the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong (2016) curated by Alexi Glass-Kantor.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Starkwhite at Art Basel Hong Kong installation views

Installation views of our booth at Art Basel Hong Kong (2016), featuring works by Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Gordon Walters and Fiona Pardington.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Martin Basher in a line up of emerging artists from around the globe

Martin Basher is amongst the artists in FACE TO FACE, The Ernesto Exposito Collection at the Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno Italy from 22 March - 2 May 2016. The exhibition includes a roll call of emerging artists from around the globe, offering an an eclectic and subjective take on contemporary art.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Martin Basher at La Brea Studio Residency

Martin Basher has just competed the La Brea Studio residency in Los Angeles. This is an installation view of new works on display at his end-of-residency open day. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Starkwhite at Art Basel Hong Kong

We'll be at Art Basel Hong Kong next week. The fair runs from 24-26 March with collector preview days on the 22nd and 23rd. It will be our fifth consecutive presentation at ABHK and the second time we have had an artist selected for the curated Encounters section of the fair. You can read more about our presentation here and Richard Maloy's Yellow Structure here. During the week of the fair Starkwhite will be open Tuesday - Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Richard Maloy's YELLOW STRUCTURE - Encounters, ABHK

Richard Maloy's faceted strips of painted card are on the way to HK where he will use them to create a large-scale, site-specific sculpture in the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong, curated this year by Alexie Glass-Kantor 
Image: Richard Maloy at work in the studio (top) and strips being packed ready to airfreight to HK