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Visual Arts

August 14, 2016

Save the date ’cause we’re having a party!   I received my invitation to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of Enjoy Public Art Gallery, and boy was I excited! All dressed up and ready to party, I made my way to Caroline with a few friends—I remember exclaiming that this would be the party of the […]

August 7, 2016

Dilohana Lekamge is a performance-based artist living in Wellington. Her practice explores notions of diaspora and the emotional distance from female issues in Sri Lanka where she was born. Louise Rutledge chatted briefly with Dilohana about her work ahead of her solo show at Enjoy, which opens 5.30pm Wednesday, August 24.   Louise: Within your […]

July 31, 2016

There are some radical things going on around the world. People, artists, communities, and organisations seem to produce some of the best work when they are stuck staring at the face of adversity. I wonder if the social projects that come out of this adversity are more art than art? One such radical thing is […]

July 24, 2016

The Salient Arts Editors weigh in on some local art world queens.   Lucy| Kate Newby I have an INCREDIBLE FEELING for Kate Newby and I know I am not the only one. Its things like walking, talking, sunlight, rain, and rocks that inspire her work. Puddles and plastic bags, incidental marks, and accidental assemblages […]

May 29, 2016

On Friday the 13th (an ominous start) the Australia Council announced the recipients of its four-year funding program for small-to-medium sized arts organisations. For 128 applicants it was good news, but for 62 previously funded organisations they got nothing. Not a reduction, not a significant loss, but nothing. And these weren’t insignificant institutions. While encouragingly […]

May 22, 2016

I had been anticipating this moment for a long time. Ever since I saw the unopened box in her bedroom—I could not contain my excitement. I knew what was inside, but I had to wait two weeks until I could see it. It was the opening night of freunde sind künstler, a group show of […]

May 15, 2016

I have been eagerly awaiting winter. This is the time when you can appropriately hermit, hide away in small warm places amongst the objects and people you choose to populate your private everyday with. I love my room, and my things, and being in my room with my things. The objects I surround myself with […]

May 8, 2016

Their gestures aim not to end in consumption, but in rupture—achieving the impossible through sheer repetition.

May 1, 2016

Pātaka Art Museum Now showing until May 15   After a while, motion sickness sets in. The horizon dips and tilts, the image tumbles and jumps, obstacles—pedestrians, military tanks, men with guns—are navigated around. Emily Jacir’s Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work) documents a mundane task: a daily walk from Ramallah […]