Posts Tagged ‘Clemens’

Funny things about the internet (1) LOL cats don’t make me laugh anymore.

My (not so) new job keeps me busy and nights shifts put me in a very weird zone.  However I do get to travel and recently (well ok in March) I managed to fit in a 20 minute run around the City Gallery in Wellington after a day seminar. I got to see this which included some things I’ve seen before (eg Eddie Clemens’ nets) but the context of a new location is always amazing. I think I last saw “Ritual” at Te Papa. Of course it didn’t happen but I like to think of it trundling down the streets between Te Papa and City Gallery in the dead of night.

Funny thing about the internet (2) Since seeing this I have been collecting pictures of Fabiola.

I like Martin Thompsons work and managed to get to an exhibition here of 5 old/5 new works. I also managed to find a new A3 coloured (NOT black) file folder for Martin. I consider this my art triumph of the year.

Martin Thompson opening bubbly at Brett McDowall’s (poor quality phone camera photo)

Funny/interesting thing about the internet (3) Anything on outpost written by Ron Brownson deserves your attention.

Exciting things are happening and due to some very good fortunate I will be back in Wellington for 3 days in August to present at a conference. My dance card is filling fast but I plan to do some more running around the galleries.

An empty dance card

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The Things I’ve seen

I have been slack of late reporting on art I’ve seen. I have this problem … what to say when things aren’t bad , but they aren’t stunning either???? I will try to work though it here in these notes.

Beloved – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Like Brought to Light at the Christchurch Art Gallery, this is a new hang from the collection. It’s bold. It’s NOT subtle. Mostly it works. Great analysis here at EyeContact (see my comment also). An excellent speech at the opening from Hamish Keith. Incredibly sad about how AMs chair was ‘reduced’ by the Judy Millar beside it, mind you it takes a bit to subdue a Clairmont.

Eddie Clemens – Delusional Architecture. Hocken Library Dunedin
The show from his 2009 year as Frances Hodgkins fellow. I’ve seen some of his other work and liked it much better. I hate saying that about art because it’s a touch of “I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’. This show though….I couldn’t make the connections from the artist’s statement with the actual work. Its seemed tired and jaded (maybe that was the point) I liked the shopping trolley photos with fluorescent tubes as handles best – maybe because I spend a lot of time pushing a trolley. Just because I dont’ get it doesn’t mean its bad though. Go and see for yourself.

Martin Thompson – 5 New Works  Brett McDowell Gallery
Actually I liked the newer stuff here. Its art you need time with. I liked it. I really liked the ones where the tiny blocks of graph paper had been cut out to fix ‘mistakes’ leaving a kind of signature on the paper.

Martin Thompson – Untitled

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