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Visual Arts

June 5, 2018

Here are some mostly online things to see this week, because these days are cold lately. Looking: William Linscott, Daydreaming and the Death of the Internet, at MEANWHILE (online) William Linscott has produced a semi-interactive text for MEANWHILE’s online gallery, meditating on the state of the internet as a place that is democratic and […]

May 26, 2018

Recently, at an artist talk I went to by Ngahuia Harrison (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi), in conjunction with her exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, I huti a Manaia i te ika and his heart was broken, she said now there is not enough kaimoana in the Whangarei Harbour to feed the community, that this, for her […]

May 21, 2018

Every two years, the New Zealand Portrait Gallery solicits original paintings from the public. There were about 300 submissions this year, with first place winning a prize of $20,000. The prize went to Logan Moffat for Elam, a large oil-on-canvas studio interior inhabited by Jayden Plank and Harry Telfer. It’s a chaotic composition; the eye […]

May 14, 2018

There’s something about the climate we live in that has caused a sprouting of contemporary jewellery exhibitions. It is often easy to detect trends in contemporary art practice and decode the conditions that have led to their proliferation. From the end of last year until the present, we have seen The Language of Things, currently […]

May 7, 2018

If you miss me, let me know at MEANWHILE, until 19 May, free entry Natasha Matila-Smith, Talia Smith As MEANWHILE have noted in their press release for this show, there is a sense of isolation that tends to characterise the contemporary experience. Natasha Matila-Smith and Talia Smith’s exhibition will interrogate how sociopolitical factors influence this, […]

April 30, 2018

Hive Mind is an exhibition realised through a conversation in images between Laura Duffy and Maddy Plimmer, facilitated by Sean Burns. Softly droning TV screens emit rotating, highly textured surfaces of organic forms. Familiar yet indecipherable, the forms are like a language one once spoke but no longer comprehends. The indeterminate surfaces tease the viewer’s […]

April 9, 2018

I feel like I am always watching all my most familiar and favourite places closing down. I feel this acutely when I visit Fiona Connor’s exhibition Closed Down Clubs and Monochromes at Hopkinson Mossman. The part of the exhibition that half its title is taken from, the closed down clubs, is a series of vacated […]

March 26, 2018

Recently, Te Papa Tongarewa showed off their new Toi Art space, after months of closure and an $8.4 million renovation. The space was opened to the sound of a pātē drum echoing through the new galleries, and a double lei being placed over Jacinda Ardern’s shoulders. However, if you don’t have a similarly spectacular welcome […]

March 19, 2018

A weekend ago, I went and listened to Teju Cole speak about his photo book Blind Spot. I have learned a lot from Teju Cole already— his collection of photography is one that I read paragraphs out of for people close to me, and sometimes strangers, all the time. I have a deep appreciation for […]