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Visual Arts

August 6, 2018

What initially seemed to be a rather sensational title for an exhibition about hair proved to be entirely apt: the themes of Death and Desire interlace and tie various items from the Turnbull collections together like a neat braid. Though hair is not usually included under the “human remains” label, the surprising amount of this […]

July 30, 2018

Here are some exhibitions and events that I have not seen yet, but that are exciting and intriguing. Use a moment before deadlines to catch a couple of these, and I will follow my own advice and do the same. Pleasure and vexation— the strata and spectacle of history at Pātaka, until 19 August Danie […]

July 23, 2018

Accidentally, between this week and last, this section has become a two-part discussion of No Common Ground. In Ella Sutherland’s current exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Margins & Satellites, she explores what she calls “a queering of mechanical reproduction”. Sutherland has created a series of silk-screened images that borrow from the typography and design […]

July 16, 2018

Hard to Handle Feminism is something that is necessarily impossible to isolate from other matrices of power, but also something that can subsume indigenous modes of being, and methods of resistance, into a narrative that is too general, and thus, reductive. With this in mind, I want to think about a common theme that emerged […]

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, […]