What can a piano, the atomic bomb and inflatable plastic tubing tell us about human wonder?
Category: Visual arts
There is very little in life that a giant fibreglass seal balancing a stool and a bicycle wheel on its nose can’t make better. The new exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery is grounded in discussing the influence of Marcel Duchamp’s work and theories on New Zealand artists throughout the second half of the 20th century, a dense theoretical topic at the best of times.
Renee Gerlich has a chinwag with Richard Bartlett of Nineteen Tory Street – an ‘open source community gallery’ and ‘world where there’s no money and everyone has a good time’. One of my first experiences of 19 Tory street involved about a dozen people on scraggly couches absorbed in a discussion about relative meanings and applications of [...]
The internet has revolutionised the way in which art can be disseminated, but the effect of this freedom of information has proved to be decidedly two-edged. The internet has allowed artists to escape the hierarchical system of dealer galleries, publications, and sponsors and has given them the opportunity to exhibit their art free of charge [...]
Aotearoa, and Wellington especially, have become very productive cultural breeding grounds when it comes to artistic publications. The enduring problem with this gorgeously realised material is that its audience is limited, its influence curtailed by the lack of money in the industry to provide for advertising. On the other side of the spectrum most of [...]
The new exhibit at the City Gallery in Civic Square presents a form of retrospective which also outlines a love story between a city and the people who helped to shape it. Athfield Architects is a firm which has been integrally involved in the design of the city that we live in. From Museums and [...]
You might think there’s nothing really new happening in contemporary art. We rehash the past, wrap it in new esoterics and slap on some buzzwords, but there’s no shock of the new. Everything seems vaguely familiar. Think again. An international network of ‘bioartists’ are playing God with biotechnology, making art with embryos, stem cells and [...]