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Visual Arts

September 6, 2015

Sharon Lam is a local multimedia artist, with her work spanning across everything from pencil drawings to biro drawings. While an elusive figure, Salient was lucky enough to be graced with a rare interview. Lam: Hi Sharon, thanks so much for sitting down with me. Lam: No worries. Anything for the fans. Sharon waves like […]

August 16, 2015

Art is important and vaginas are important. Here are three important vaginal art pieces that say as much about contemporary art as they do about society: Casey Jenkins—Casting Off My Womb This Australian artist spent a month in an art gallery knitting from wool stored in her vaginal tunnel. After receiving overwhelming internet backlash, she […]

August 9, 2015

Write about art for your university magazine. Struggle to find anything to write about. Binge on canned peaches and stare into the void you have created through many years of poor sleep habits and a complete lack of time management. Go for a walk, be bored to tears. Also cry at the exclusivity of galleries […]

August 2, 2015

Architecture tends to lack representation outside of itself. Take, for example, television. Doctors, lawyers, and people stranded on mysterious islands constantly fill the screens, but bar the annoying Ted Mosby there are no architects. So when an exhibition like Demented Architecture offers a dedicated avenue of representation outside of the field itself, it is natural […]

July 19, 2015

I have long held a quiet fascination with Lindsay Lohan—the Parent Trap twin conspiracy, hitting a baby in its pram with her Maserati, the Mona Lisa eeriness of her mugshots, are all points of intrigue. So, when Matchbox Studios recently hosted Claire Harris to watch Lindsay’s complete filmography over 29 hours for her 29th birthday, […]

June 1, 2015

On the Adam Art Gallery website, Tim Beaglehole (academic and former Chancellor of Victoria University) talks about art as a way of seeing the world. I’ve long thought about art in this way—as a means of accessing different viewpoints and realities. There’s always something new to discover and entering into that hallowed space always feels […]

May 24, 2015

The past week I had the strained pleasure of having my mother in Wellington. Part of the week included exploring the arty side of the city, including an exhibit at Thistle Hall Community Gallery, which she has kindly helped to review. Thistle Hall recently played host to Pinky Fang’s first solo show, entitled FANG SOLO, […]

May 17, 2015

I’ve always been intrigued by art project spaces—galleries that are defined by the contemporary, often highly experimental art they show, and by their commitment to the community in which they exist. As such, independent art space Enjoy Gallery was one of the first galleries I sought out when I arrived in Wellington a few months […]

May 11, 2015

Key works you need to know by Raphael: The School of Athens in the Stanza della Segnatura (the Pope’s drawing room in the Vatican), Sistine Madonna and The Transfiguration. Raphael is the final playing piece in the trinity of Renaissance superstars. While a great artist in his own right, Raphael is best remembered for his […]