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Visual Arts

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 […]

March 12, 2018

Cate Blanchett reads out thirteen different text assemblages, combining a mass of artistic manifestos, rearranged by Julian Rosefeldt for his project Manifesto. These text assemblages are every callous or triumphant sentiment that art has spat out in our last century. This project is split over thirteen different screens, hovering panels in the Auckland Art Gallery, […]

March 5, 2018

Fans of the VicBooks collective will already be familiar with their long-running installation/performance work The Kiosk. Drawing on a range of influences, from French semioticians to Hans-Peter Feldmann’s ‘store art’, The Kiosk asks us to consider the function of a store. The basis of the work is a “satellite store”, or kiosk, near the established […]

March 5, 2018

This week there are some gallery doors closing, and others opening. It is hard to arrange thoughts when you’re in between, so here are some magnetic events and exhibitions to fill in these spaces. Hardening at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, until 10 March, free entry Aliyah Winter stands in a white garment, in an echoing […]

February 26, 2018

Tourist debris is a strange thing— both components are of an unfixed location. Debris, a disintegration of something left behind, and the tourist, who may only belong nowhere. One is only ever a tourist while displaced, yet conscious of it, and embracing this displacement. So, when he leaves traces of his presence, these objects escape […]

October 16, 2017

“Is that The Oldest Man In The Room?” asks The Young Gallery Girl at the very private opening for a very public art showcase. “I don’t know, but whoever he is he’s wearing yesterday’s clothes,” replies The Plus One. “Oh it is!” confirms The Tall Artist. “He is in the middle of a court case […]

October 9, 2017

When I talked with a musician about visual art, I should have known that the music would creep into everything, but there’s not always much to gain by keeping them so separate. I ask what his earliest memory of art is anyway. There was a really old painting that my mother had on the wall, […]