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Visual Arts

April 10, 2017

SADO Vol. 1 Journal Launch 5.30pm–6:30pm, April 11, at MEANWHILE (99 Willis Street) Volume One of SADO explores the relationship between the lived experiences of capitalism and anxiety in Aotearoa. Readings by Jordana Bragg and Hannah Mettner at 6.00pm.   Between Moods — Jospehine Jelicich, Lauren Redican, and Tyler Jackson April 6–19, Toi Poneke Arts […]

April 10, 2017

Maddy Plimmer, Congratulations   My first reaction to Maddy Plimmer’s Congratulations, like (I suspect) many others, is to try to close the window and move on. This is clearly spam; just one of the dozens or hundreds of claims to my attention that I dismiss every day. Ignore, delete, move on. Then, on a second […]

April 10, 2017

Chevron Te Whetumatarau Hassett, Mum with wakahuia   When I was studying art in high school, it was very rare that I could find a Māori artist to inspire my research — rarer still to find a Māori photographer. Historically we have always been in front of the lens, categorised, fetishised by classical anthropologists, consistently […]

April 10, 2017

Nathaniel Gordon-Stables, Where I stand, where I sit   Spread across pink silk, mounted to a ceiling, is a conversation. Nathaniel Gordon-Stables has created a discourse. The projected image — his bare feet, twinkling upon homely, ’70s-patterned carpet — invites (the audience) into a private sphere. Nathaniel Gordon-Stables (Ngāti Kurī) is a fourth year Fine […]

April 3, 2017

In August 1955, Emmett Till, 14 years old, was brutally beaten, shot in the head, and dumped in a river in Mississippi. Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, alleged he had called her something “unutterable,” and told her he had done “something” with “white women before.”  She told her husband. He and his half-brother took Till’s […]

March 27, 2017

MEANWHILE is an artist-run initiative founded by Jesse Bowling, Jordana Bragg, and Callum Devlin. Previously located at 35 Victoria Street, they have just moved the gallery and artist studio spaces to 99 Willis Street. The first show at their new location is Undercovers — a collaboration between Lucy Wardle and George Banach-Salas. Hanahiva Rose sat down […]

March 20, 2017

The exhibition Statuesque Anarchy opened at Enjoy Gallery on Cuba Street on March 9, marking the first time the prolific FAFSWAG, an LGBTQI+ Pacific arts collective from South Auckland, had a showing in our neck of the woods. Witch Bitch is a sub-group of FAFSWAG made up of artists Sione Monu, Pati Solomona Tyrell, and […]

March 13, 2017

Ruby Joy Eade’s skin on skin on dirt is only memory now. Exhibited as part of the Upstream Art Trail, the ten works lived in Central Park for four days and three nights. Found text in black, printed on white board, mounted by a wooden pole — the signs speak to remembered moments of teenage intimacy in public spaces.

March 3, 2017

“None of the characters are me. They’re everything but me.” — Cindy Sherman “I recognised every woman I knew in that photograph.” — Jamie Lee Curtis   Cindy Sherman is a construct. A composite image. Her (un)self-portraits reveal nothing of herself and everything about ourselves. While this is a popular theory, it inevitably raises the […]