Author Archive: Robert Kelly

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Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp and New Zealand

Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp and New Zealand

by / 13/08/12 / No Comments

There is very little in life that a giant fibreglass seal balancing a stool and a bicycle wheel on its nose can’t make better. The new exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery is grounded in discussing the influence of Marcel Duchamp’s work and theories on New Zealand artists throughout the second half of the 20th century, a dense theoretical topic at the best of times.

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A Few Beautiful Blogs

A Few Beautiful Blogs

by / 30/07/12 / No Comments

While primarily a music label, Erased Tapes’ videos walk an amazing line between referencing the music and creating their own worlds in reference to it.

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Phillip Beesley’s Vesica

Phillip Beesley’s Vesica

by / 30/04/12 / No Comments

The visual world of Phillip Beesely’s Vesica is utterly intoxicating and enchanting. I got into the exhibit just after the City Gallery opened and had the privilege of being the first into the work on that day. This meant that the scene which I encountered was still and serene, a contemplative prehistoric garden just waiting [...]

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Guernica

Guernica

by / 02/10/11 / No Comments

One universal factor for artists is that they are unable to exist or to create inside a vacuum. Anything they produce will be to some degree defined by the temporal and cultural environments in which they were created. Having said this some art products reference their time and place far more emphatically, and often do [...]

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Cultural Cringe Vitriol

Cultural Cringe Vitriol

by / 05/09/11 / No Comments

This was going to be a review of Robin White’s new exhibit at the Wellington City Gallery. It was going to be demure and tasteful; all the eyes dotted and every tee crossed. Alas, despite my best intentions, it was not to be. On entry to the City Gallery I was informed that the entire [...]

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Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

by / 08/08/11 / [ 2 Comments ]

Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams is an effort by the eclectic German filmmaker to immortalize and expound the beauty and value of the oldest known artworks in the world—the wall paintings of the Chauvet Caves. The images are shown in captivating 3D, revealing the contours of the caves as well as the truly stunning [...]

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

by / 25/07/11 / No Comments

4th June – 18th December 2011 This long running exhibit at the Adam Art Gallery brings a host of canvas covering visitors to our humble, yet slightly demolished, campus to strut their stuff in the public eye. The underlying theme of the exhibit is a desire to reveal to the viewing public of Wellington the [...]

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Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

by / 25/07/11 / No Comments

Shut Up Little Man is a scintillating documentary that deals with both personal narratives and the ongoing sensation which is the viral spread of information. Matthew Bate’s debut feature-length documentary follows several different issues all wrapped around the idea of viral media, telling the tale of Mitch D and the fantastically named Eddie Lee Sausage, [...]

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The Un-Sited

The Un-Sited

by / 11/04/11 / 1 Comment

An underlying idea behind an exhibition is usually a theme or common thread that unites a series of works and provides a point of reference to view them from. Within New Zealand and Wellington this often takes the form of investigating how New Zealand artists identify and critique a New Zealand identity, culture or sense [...]

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Crown Lynn Exhibition

Crown Lynn Exhibition

by / 28/02/11 / No Comments

The new featured exhibit at the Wellington City Gallery is based on the now deceased New Zealand ceramics company Crown Lynn. The name meant nothing to me before visiting this exhibit, but once I was surrounded by their wares I was shocked by how intensely familiar it all felt. The Crown Lynn crockery exhibit seemed [...]

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