Posts Tagged ‘DPAG’

Ok, ok ‘love’ might be an exaggeration but the hype surrounding the hosting of the RWC here in New Zealand has brought some good things about. A friend did say that it’s a pity that it takes a sporting event to bring out the good art but hey, why look a gift horse in the mouth eh?

Firstly, and maybe just a coincidence, but the refurbished Auckland Art Gallery has just opened in time for the cup crowds. Apparently it’s a stunner .

In Wellington there is a collaborative exhibition Oceania between the City Gallery and Te Papa. Some of the best of NZ art will be on show. I’d give A LOT  to get to this exhibition – if you can SEE IT!

In my area the Dunedin Public Art Gallery has Fiona Pardington’s The Pressure of Sunlight Falling exhibtion and also the wonderful Hotere/Culbert work Pathway to the Sea – Aramoana on show.

Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert
Pathway to the Sea – Aramoana 1991(detail)
paua shells, rocks, flourecent tubes.
Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

I think its good that these shows provide some thought-provoking material rather than the postcard tourist variety. None more so (I think) than another local exhibition – Rachael Rakena’ 3D video work Haka Peepshow situated in Dunedin’s Octagon.

“Kaupapa:- Haka Peepshow is a celebration of the diversity of contemporary haka in Maori and broader New Zealand culture. In an era, when the haka is frequently a commercial branding device, this coin-operated peepshow invites viewers to take a fresh look at the haka and to consider it in the broader context of the sexualisation and commodification of Maori sportsmen and the representation of their masculinity and culture in the media.”

OK – it’s taken rugby to get all this art out there but I hope visitors and locals alike take something deeper away from it.

NOTE: Sadly, the Christchurch Art Gallery remains closed but their blog, ‘Bunker Notes’ is very active and always worth reading.

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Speak to me

I managed to get into Dunedin Art Gallery today, although I was “on the clock” so to speak, so it was a rushed trip.

I revisited ‘Beloved’ and apart from still really disliking the New Sensations room, I was again amazed at the depth of the collection. Spiritualized – the ramp with Michael Parekowhai’s The Bosom of Abraham work leading you down to McCahon’s Veronica is inspired.

I wanted to see Wayne Barrar’s ‘An Expanding Subterra‘ exhibition of photographs. It was good, but for me, raised the issue of whether this kind of photography is documentary or art or perhaps both?

Heather Straka’s The Asian was the treat. This was an exhibition that needed no interpretation for me (although there is an excellent one here by David Eggleton). The 50 (51 including the original?) paintings say it all. To what end though?

I did a drive by of the infamous Regan Gentry teeth (at the mouth of the harbour). There were HEAPS of people parked and looking at them which I guess must be good for public art. I will go back and look closer, but on first glance I wondered “where are the gums?” and felt maybe they would have been better set into the ground a bit.

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The plan

The sport uniforms are all dry and in their bags, but Wittgenstein remains read only in comic book form. My HUGE piles of research books is buried under paper dolls and what seems like 500 felt tip pens.

I recall this thing called art, which takes a back seat when family life calls (which I guess it should). Projects and research and writing all put aside while sick kids are nursed, meals are prepared, floors are vacuumed and mopped. 

However, this Sunday is Mother’s Day and rather ironically, I am hoping to get out of the house and to see a few things on about town. The giant molars  need to be checked out (I hope they aren’t as tragic as they sound) as well as some interesting things at DPAG and “Long Live the Modern” is on at the Otago Museum.

So that’s the plan.

I do have Francis Pound’s “The Invention of New Zealand: Art and National Identity” to read which will occupy some of tomorrow. Although it’s quite large and a little conspicuous for the side-line.

NOTE: I said I’d blog every day – I didn’t say it would be quality blogging

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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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