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Art New Zealand

Summer 2020

New Zealand’s most respected and widely-read visual arts magazine, Art New Zealand presents an independent quarterly round-up of the visual arts in New Zealand, by the country’s best art writers.

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Art New Zealand 2009 Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
jhana millers

Exhibitions Kāryn Taylor Impossible Logic 5 – 28 November 2020 Surface Effect Glenn Barkley, Chauncey Flay, Sam Kelly & Julian McKinnon 3 – 19 December 2020 Summer Selection 20 January – 6 February 2021 Caroline McQuarrie 11 February – 13 March 2021 Auckland Art Fair Will Bennett, Harry Culy, Tyne Gordon, Ayesha Green & Lucy O’Doherty 24 – 28 February 2021 Claudia Kogachi 18 March – 10 April 2021 Gallery Jhana Millers Level 1, Mibar Building 85 Victoria Street Te Aro, Wellington Wednesday – Friday, 11 – 5pm Saturday, 11 – 4pm 021 1670 896 jhana@jhanamillers.com jhanamillers.com…

5 min.
peter roche

Peter Roche lost his battle with lung cancer on 24 July 2020, leaving behind a life’s work of sculptures, drawings, videos and photographic documentation. Mourners were able to get a sense of the literally electrifying environment he had created for himself at the funeral held in the Ambassador Theatre in Point Chevalier, where the artist had lived since he purchased the derelict Art Deco cinema in 1996. Having only sporadic contact with Roche since the 1990s, this was a life I only knew through hearsay. I understood it to be one dominated by his consuming passion as an artist to work with light and motion, transforming physical energy into the material forms of his kinetic, fluorescent and neon installations, merged with a parallel existence as a mentor and magnet for the hard-core…

20 min.

Auckland The 29th Annual Wallace Art Awards Pah Homestead, 15 September–15 November WARWICK BROWN Winners at the Wallace Art Awards would normally receive an overseas residency; these were suspended this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead there was a range of ten cash awards totalling $132,000. Held as usual at the Pah Homestead, the traditional crowded opening function also had to be a more restricted affair. The exhibition of finalists and the salon des refusés comprised more than 70 works. The emphasis was on originality and style, with all eligible media represented. Nineteen artists from last year made the cut again, a sign of the popularity of the Award and the consistency of the judging, undertaken in 2020 by five artists who were all former Paramount Award winners. Every reviewer will have his or her…

8 min.
the psychogeographer’s dream

Playing on the values suggested by her own name, Ayesha Green (Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu), in her exhibition Wrapped up in Clouds at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, offers a suite of artwork—paintings, ceramics, drawings—that, together, evoke a kind of New Zealand-centred dreamscape. It is one that is made up of fragmentary quotations and visual echoes from canonical works of nationhood, interwoven with a personal narrative. The kaupapa of her show expresses, then, in oblique fashion, a credo: belief in an archipelago situated in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa that is primal, pristine, folkloric. It is indeed a place wrapped up in clouds, an atmosphere as much as a location. Here, the art-historical landscape of the Romantic Sublime has been tamed and domesticated into wryly romantic scenarios and smartly designed decor. In these depictions, the…

8 min.
the fire of change

MICHAEL DUNN Dark, mysterious and full of atmospheric effects of fire, haze, mist and vapour, the new paintings of Garry Currin have a compelling presence that draws the gaze and engages the mind. As a mature painter in his sixties who has a long exhibition history behind him, Garry Currin builds on his previous work in This Earth, his latest show at Auckland’s Whitespace, consolidating it rather than embarking on anything totally new. His style is established and his paintings have been shown at venues throughout the country in regional as well as the main centres. He paints in the traditional genre of landscape, once the primary art form in New Zealand and still a prominent feature of contemporary practice. Yet he has not been included in the main books on…

9 min.
prodigal painter returns

EDWARD HANFLING You can tell straight off the bat that Pete Wheeler is serious about painting. But is he serious about what he paints? Back in 2007, Wheeler made a picture called Everytime I show I put my ass on the line. It has got all the ingredients of a bad album cover for a lame band of self-styled rebels—above all, a skull, that great, gothic, doom-laden emblem, beloved by the Romantics (Lord Byron drinking wine from the skull of a monk, and all that stuff). There is also a harlequin diamond pattern; to the right, a slum tenement (perhaps); below, the phrase ‘what the hell’ (no question mark); and the whole surface of the work looks like it is bleeding. Its title (‘everytime’ is not a proper word) speaks of…