Category: Visual arts

Review – On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer

Review – On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer

by / September 17, 2012 / No Comments

What can a piano, the atomic bomb and inflatable plastic tubing tell us about human wonder?

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Speaking of Art

Speaking of Art

by / September 10, 2012 / No Comments

We’re arguably as indebted to writers and teachers for the work we love as to its makers, and at best the marriage of art and language is magic.

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Review – Colour And Line

Review – Colour And Line

by / August 20, 2012 / No Comments

The two upstairs galleries of the City Gallery have just opened their new exhibits, providing the viewing public with a compelling comparison of the way in which composition and audience engagement affects the way in which a gallery space can operate.

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Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp and New Zealand

Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp and New Zealand

by / August 13, 2012 / No Comments

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.

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Comment: A Tea With The Tories

Comment: A Tea With The Tories

by / August 6, 2012 / [ 2 Comments ]

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 [...]

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A Few Beautiful Blogs

A Few Beautiful Blogs

by / July 30, 2012 / No Comments

While primarily a music label, Erased Tapes’ videos walk an amazing line between referencing the music and creating their own worlds in reference to it.

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Free Ideas

Free Ideas

by / July 30, 2012 / No Comments

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 [...]

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Poignant Publications: Established And Emerging

Poignant Publications: Established And Emerging

by / July 23, 2012 / No Comments

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 [...]

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Athfield Architects: People And Place

Athfield Architects: People And Place

by / July 16, 2012 / No Comments

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 [...]

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The New Pygmalion: Art In A Petri Dish

The New Pygmalion: Art In A Petri Dish

by / June 5, 2012 / No Comments

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 [...]

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