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Art New Zealand Winter 2018

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Auckland Hugo Koha Lindsay But will it float Gow Langsford Gallery 21 March–14 April LUCINDA BENNETT I visited Hugo Koha Lindsay’s exhibition just after the storm that swept through Tamaki Makaurau in early April. There had been strange pink flashes in the sky that weren’t lightning, but were caused by fallen power lines sparking. A huge tree on the street next to mine was blown over; I walked past it the next morning to see its sprawling roots unearthed, pointing up to the sky. The road was criss-crossed with dead palm fronds.Lindsay’s paintings are about the city. They combine the slickness of corporate architecture and gentrified districts with those parts that serve utilitarian functions such as road markings, temporary barriers and scaffolding. But they…

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new zealand

MARCUS KING New Screenprint, 1000 x 600 mm. (Private collection) Wellington This Is New Zealand City Gallery, 3 March–15 July STELLA RAMAGE City Gallery celebrates its reopening with a gallery-wide exhibition of eclectic works investigating how artists and advertisers have represented New Zealand to the world and contributed to our narratives of national identity. Curators Robert Leonard and Aaron Lister write their critical intention on the wall:Teasing out connections between images, ideology and identity This Is New Zealand reflects on who we thought we were, who we think we are. Taking a critical look at stories we’ve told ourselves and others, it asks: Who and what has been included and excluded? And who is this mythical we? The works can be categorised…

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refashioned toi art at te papa

Janet Lilo’s Top16 at Te Papa March 2018 (Photograph: Maarten Holl) PRISCILLA PITTSTwenty years ago Te Papa Tongarewa redefined what a national museum could be. Not everyone liked it. Most vocal among its critics were members of the visual arts community—and with good reason. Opening day, and who can forget Parade with a Richard Killeen cut-out arranged around the uppermost cupboard of Christine Hellyar’s Clutch, Brood and Echo (1990) or Colin McCahon’s Northland Panels (1958) squished into a too-small space alongside a refrigerator. The labels written for a hypothetical someone of very limited intelligence, a word or two highlighted just in case the reader missed the point. The huge blue and red ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ objects that invited, not reflection, enquiry or thought, but, rather, mindless reaction.…

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the desmology of encounter

Luke Willis Thompson at Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, University Wellington, February PETER SHANDThe eponymous Luke Willis Thompson is the first significant multi-work solo exhibition by the artist to be mounted in New Zealand. The three works in the exhibition represent a shift in his practice toward a concentration on moving image. That said, they refuse uniformity of media insofar as one is in 16mm, one 35mm and one digitally transferred. The particular media characteristics of each is, thereby, distinct. Further, the material qualities of each belie the apparent simplicity of characterising the exhibition as a suite of moving image projects. In this respect and while the recalibration of the practice is a key feature of the exhibition, these works are not so distant from his earlier…

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elliot collins surveyor

ELLIOT COLLINS Hum 2017 Concrete mixed with sand from Waitaramoa/Hobson Bay, Remuera; The Waves by Virginia Woolf; kowhai seeds from Kihikihi, 2017; lapis lazuli, Afghanistan, mined in 1972; pounamu; kauri gum; moa stones; oyster shells from French Bay, 2017; obsidian from Tuhua/Mayor Island, 1998; a painting made in Rotterdam in 2011 that was never shown (for Julian); ash from the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, 2010; myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) essential oil; puriri; a flattened hot chip cup found in San Sebastián, Spain, 2011; a photograph of Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peterʼs Basilica, Vatican City; a windowed envelope from Camden Lock, London, 2011; a brass tube sealed at both ends with beeswax; some tarseal with large aggregate found at low tide, French Bay, Titirangi, 2016; a New World plastic bag,…

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christine thacker

BRONWYN LLOYDWhile chatting with Richard Fahey at his home recently, my eye was snared by a terracotta object sitting on a small table on the opposite side of the living room. The eyes of the male head were barely visible at a distance, his neutral expression inscrutable, but what shouted across the room at me were the painted features on the face, picked out in bright matt colours: a yellow and a purple eyebrow, sky-blue lips, one pink ear, one green ear, streaky blue textured hair, and a flaming orange neck.I recognised the piece as the work of Christine Thacker, selected by Emma Bugden as a finalist in the 2017 Portage Ceramic Awards at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. When I first encountered the object in the award exhibition…