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Visual Arts

May 22, 2017

A week ago now I went to How to Learn? A Discussion on Emerging Curatorial Education in Aotearoa at Enjoy Public Art Gallery. The panel, chaired by Sophie Davis, was made up of four emerging/mid-career curators: Andrea Bell, Curator of Art at Hocken Collections; Tendai John Mutambu, Assistant Curator at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; Melanie Oliver, […]

May 15, 2017

I have a working definition of poise, which came to me looking at paparazzi pictures of Rihanna crossing an iron grate in heels. She does it, often — always captured by the press — and what is she if not poised; as in, suspended in the moment before the pounce. Poise has no uniform but […]

May 8, 2017

Ok Google: What is the Cloud? In the simplest terms, cloud​ computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The Cloud is​ just a metaphor for the internet. Ok Google: Where is the Cloud? Cloud​ storage is a model of data storage in which the digital […]

May 1, 2017

A Google ad for Auckland Art Gallery’s new exhibition, The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from the Tate, is captioned: “Masterpieces from Picasso, Matisse, Rodin and many other renowned artists.” The artwork which illustrates the ad is Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, a 19th century figura serpentinata of naked marble bodies in romantic embrace. Plastered on the […]

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 […]