Issue 210, June, 2008
NZ South Island
Rebecca Harris, Stealing a March, 2008, acrylic on board. Finalist in the COCA Anthony Harper Award at the Centre of Contemporary Art (COCA) Gallery, Christchurch, from 11 to 28 June. Image courtesy the artist. www.coca.org.nz
NEW ZEALAND SOUTH ISLAND
Before winter sends us into hibernation, Venture Southland presents 2008 May Arts: a celebration of creativity, which brings together a smorgasbord of local and ‘imported’ artists from a myriad of genres. As part of the festival, Southland Museum and Art Gallery presents Showcasing Southland Artists featuring a selection of work from well-known and emerging painters, photographers, sculptors and multimedia artists from the region. This exhibition is open to the public from 3 May to 29 June. www.southlandmuseum.com
Both Ends of the Spectrum
Photographic processes and practices, both old and new, intertwine in the exhibition Both Ends of the Spectrum featuring works by artists Julia Davies and Susan Marshall. Davies’s images of fearful confrontation are produced from digital negatives and then printed in a darkroom as cyanotypes. Toy tanks, guns and shadowy figures dominate an eerie landscape in the blue-toned cyanotypes, launching a discussion about endless cycles of aggression and war. Marshall’s fully digital works are inspired by the 16th century fascination for collecting the rarest, the most exquisite and the bizarre. The digital photos of collected specimens under her scrutiny achieve an element of immortality. This show runs from 7 to 29 June at Dunedin’s Salisbury House Gallery at The Manse. Visit www.themanse.co.nz.
Applications for the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Arts Award are now open. The objects of the Foundation are to encourage and promote promising painters and sculptors in New Zealand with particular emphasis on future artistic potential. It was the intention of Olivia Spencer Bower to assist artists or sculptors showing talent so that they could pursue their own particular visual art form for one year free from the necessity to seek outside employment. The awards are not to be used for overseas travel and are intended for emerging artists. Two awards, each for $30 000, will be made for the calendar years 2009 and 2010, with applications closing 30 June 2008. In addition the Foundation has entered into a joint venture arrangement with the Arts Centre of Christchurch where each Fellow has the option of the free use of accommodation and a studio at the Arts Centre during the tenure of the award (some conditions apply to this option). Application forms are available to be downloaded from www.oliviaspencerbower.org.nz or from The Trustees, Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation, c/- Guardian Trust Co Ltd, PO Box 9, Christchurch, t +64 3 379 0645.
Australian artist Daniel Dorall has ‘crossed the ditch’ to install a work in The Kiosk, The Physics Room’s smallest and most public art site. Resembling a grey tardis with observation windows, Lemmings is located in the busy pedestrian sector at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester streets in Christchurch. Dorall’s current art practice is informed by a fascination with the formal properties and possibilities of creating miniature maze-like constructions. Employing the maze as the conceptual medium of his work, it represents a constructed space stripped of its functional value. Lemmings is a personal comment on the current situation of conflict and fear being faced by society where small military figurines are engaged on a long march, as per orders, onwards on an upwards spiral, passing repetitive landscapes, towards an inevitable impending doom. Lemmings is on show 24/7 from 9 May to 5 June. Visit www.physicsroom.org.nz/kiosk.
Katharina Jaeger’s new exhibition, Fold, at Campbell Grant Galleries is a fascinating mix of formal play and fairytale. Her ambiguous, fraught forms fall and flop from the ceiling and bubble up to consume a range of well-wrought occasional tables and other broken-down elements of traditional wooden furniture. Here soft toned textiles billow and puff while hardwoods resonate with the warmth of convention and the stoicism of musty old rooms. Produced to accompany this exhibition is a limited edition A5 publication which contains an essay entitled ‘The half-life of haberdashery’ by Bronwyn Lloyd. Visit: www.campbellgrantgalleries.co.nz for more information.
Wandering Lines: Towards a New Culture of Space is the theme for the 5th SCAPE 2008 Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space, opening 19 September 2008. In June, curators Fulya Erdemci and Danae Mossman will announce the list of participating artists. To find out what’s in store join the curators and SCAPE team at 6pm, 11 June at the Christchurch Art Gallery, and 4.30pm, 18 June in Sydney during the vernissage of the Biennale of Sydney (details available through the Biennale of Sydney’s media centre at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth). SCAPE 2008 artists Lonnie Hutchison (New Zealand) and Callum Morton (Australia) will join the curators in Sydney to discuss their plans for Christchurch.