Archive for May, 2009

I noticed

A week (or two?) back I heard about this exhibition on the National station Country Life programme. It is currently on display at the Southland Museum and Art Galleryand I will be there on Sunday or Monday. Woohoo!

Part of Sally Burton’s White Gold – The Business of Milk exhibition at the Suter Gallery in Nelson

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Nothing’s gonna happen

My life has been pretty lacking of late. The constant stop start of my daily life has led to Twitter being an easier forum with 140 characters being easy to get out in between cries of “mmmmmuuuuuuuuuummmmm”. I have also had a lot of writing work on. Thankfully its all paying off with an acceptance letter from a forthcoming publication.

Also my continuing illness has a tentative diagnosis of pneumonia. Woohoo!! So blogging has been taking a back seat.

One thing I want to mention is how I love the blogging/twittering etc of NZ art/cultural institutions. I am amazed and surprised by the open-ness. Wonderful stuff and special mention to the friendly people on twitter behind @TePapaColOnline and @ChChArtGallery. Also Te Papa – all is forgiven because you have the full set of these in your collection :-)

I do wonder why Museum/Art Institution blogs don’t get much in the way of comments. Maybe people just aren’t used to interacting in this way, or like me just feel too dumb and so do a good line in inanity.

Some visual art that has taken my eye recently is a very large 2 part (diptych I suppose) painting in MASH cafe on the Octagon. I am not 100% sure about it as maybe it’s really decor type art, but its big and red and has vague figures in white. Its also on a coarse canvas (maybe even my loved hessian?). This is a poor description and no attribution or anything but I like it.

Finally because nothing much has been happening and NZ Music month is almost over

Tall Dwarfs – Nothing’s Going to Happen

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I noticed

I noticed this amazing piece of art detective work.

I also noticed my town bookstore sells fishing licences.

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NZ Music Month (again)

I promise normal service will resume soon – but in the meantime here is another of my all time favourite songs (NZ or otherwise)

(Song starts about 2mins in)

Billy Bold – by Graham Brazier

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More slightly odd 1980s NZ Music

Flicker – Fetus productions

may I also recommend (couldn’t find the videos)

Uptown Sheep by Crystal Zoom
Elefunk by Low Profile (I’ve got my wash-hose)

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Ignorance is NOT bliss

After reading CherylBernstein’s wonderful review of Rita Angus in Christchurch, and some ensuing discussion I realised how art ignorant I really am.

The thing is I still don’t really understand “curation” even with this great description courtesy of Alibi. I had not considered for example the role of the designer in how a show looks.

The thing is I now have even more questions regarding the Rita Angus exhibition and also the subset of works “on tour”. So here are some of my questions and the reasons why I want to know.

Just what is the designers role in staging such an exhibition?

How were works initially selected ie by what criteria? At Te Papa there seemed too many, in the touring show it seemed to me important works were missing. And then I saw some wonderful Angus works at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery that weren’t included (or apparently considered).

The arrangement of the Te Papa exhibition was around this pretext(from Bronwyn Lloyd)

Rita Angus’s own description of the ideal way to present her art has determined the structure of the ‘Rita Angus Life & Vision’ exhibition, beautifully curated by Jill Trevelyan and William McAloon. Angus’s friend John Money recalled that she imagined her work displayed as a ‘kind of temple of art’ with her three Goddess paintings at the centre surrounded by a series of small chapels containing smaller paintings and watercolours related one to the other.”

So this explains the maze effect at the initial show (which is, as I understand it, replicated in Christchurch). BUT if the three goddesses are so central, why are only two “on tour”?

I want to say that I loved the Life & Vision exhibition as I loved Trevelyan’s book. The exhibition was a bit like the movie version :-). A particular thing I appreciated was the inclusion of sketches and unfinished works so you could get a feel for the process and lots of context (bordering on too much in a gallery situation?). As a historical show yes definitely comprehensive and diligently researched and maybe my earlier gripes are design issues rather than curation?


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NZ Music Month

Growing up in Invercargill in the 1980s I was a big NZ music fan. Although I did like some commercial pop stuff (eg the Mockers) I was heavily influenced by Dunedin bands because they used to come to town all the time.

Can’t really pick a fave but, this is up there: Verlaines – “Death and the Maiden”

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