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Visual Arts

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 […]

April 17, 2016

But, these aren’t ordinary interviews, they’re #pictureinterviews. Answering questions with imagery is simply a chance for artists to express themselves using their native language—art.

April 17, 2016

Jordana is a video based performance artist currently living in Wellington. She has recently completed a BFA (hons) at Massey University, and is currently working at the City Gallery Wellington. I visited Jordana at her home in Brooklyn on the first evening of daylight savings. It was 6.30pm, almost dark, the wind had picked up, and […]

April 10, 2016

It’s the difficult things that linger. A bad night’s sleep, stress, anxiety, responsibility, fanciful obsessions. Happiness can be a distraction to, romance a guaranteed. Day dreams alone are often enough to pull our attentions elsewhere. Fiona Connor’s What you bring to work with you seeks to makes visible the often unseen and unheard labours of […]

April 3, 2016

  Creeping slowly down The Parade during the construction of the Island Bay cycleway, we passed a group of road workers who were about to finish up for the day. It was hot and sunny, and the men were leaning against the sides of trucks, on brooms and spades, surveying the day’s work. The road beneath […]

March 20, 2016

Panel Discussion: When Artists Die (Thursday, March 10, City Gallery Wellington) Panelists: Marie Shannon (partner of the late Julian Dashper), gallerist Gary Langsford, curator Kendrah Morgan, commentator Jim Barr, Len Lye Foundation director Evan Webb, and chaired by City Gallery chief curator Robert Leonard. (In association with Julian Dashper & Friends, on till the 15th […]

March 13, 2016

Cauliflowers, stiletto heels, handbags, teddy bears, and telephones are only some of the hundreds of cast objects that dangle from the walls inside the Dowse Art Museum. Chinese contemporary artist Liu Jianhua paid a visit to New Zealand to exhibit Transfer, which includes his most recent installation Square (2015), and Regular Fragile (2002) which was exhibited at the 2003 […]

March 6, 2016

The blue is fitting, calming, and all encompassing. It recalls both infinite knowledge and wealth, law and order. From the beginning, images start to appear upon a cosmic background, the cliched kind that comes with a brand new Mac.