Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Art’

“Projections” (curated by Tim Wyborn, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, 2002)

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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Projections was an exhibition involving nine artists [Rick Jensen, Nikki Deeley, Jason O'Dea, Devon Damonte, Dick Whyte, Andy Chappell and Tim Wyborn], working with slide projectors as their medium… The projectors all blew up on the opening night, and one of them refused to stay in sequence during the exhibition, but I didn’t really mind. In fact, I appreciate this because it made the audience more aware of the technology… Projections on walls are a simple idea, but when it comes to actually making it happen, it’s a real bastard. So seeing as the exhibition series was supposed to be about curative acts, I felt that it was good to expose the public to the mechanics of the exhibition.” (Tim Wyborn, curator’s statement)

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“Many of the images are of singular artworks, and are interesting in themselves, but remain a showcase, much like a portfolio of work. Other slides actually use the material as their medium, constructing an image within itself. These I appreciate as they conflict with the other, singular artwork showpieces, more ethereal in nature. Richard Whyte’s mound-like creations [see below] juxtaposed with Nikki Deeley’s artworks for example. They jar the senses; this is stimulating in itself to have so much difference so quickly. Each slide holds fascination in itself. Slightly frustrating, I want to climb in and see the scale, size and texture of Nikki’s artworks. Richard’s, I can view for the painterly quality, and refer to formal attributes in their actuality experiential qualities such as scale, visual texture, collision with other slides that are his on opposite walls.” (review by Kate Kelly, read more)

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Sadly, Tim died on January 2, 2003. He was a dear friend of mine and is remembered with love by his family, friends and the Wellington art community.

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“Right Back to the Future: Welfare Reform 1991-2011″ (Tao Wells and Dick Whyte, 2011)

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

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Video produced for the Wellington benefit rights advocacy service, marking the 20th anniversary of welfare reform in New Zealand. Produced and edited by Tao Wells and Dick Whyte for the Wells Group. Footage sourced from Alister Barry’s documentary In a Land of Plenty and the NZ National party’s YouTube account.

Part of a series of detournements of New Zealand political representations and propaganda leading up to the 2011 elections. See more.

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“Pieces of Me, No. 1 & 2″ (Photochop, Thistle Hall, 2011, curated by Markus McIntyre)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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Two A1 collages using images of Britney Spears, made for Photochop III (curated by Markus McIntyre, Thistle Hall, 2011); “A collective exhibition of collage images from print using photo chop, scissors and glue… salut[ing] the dawn of photo lithography, the 120 year old tradition of processing images for the mass print medium.” My Britney collages were laminated and displayed on various doors around the gallery, in the way that a poster might appear in a teenage bedroom. The exhibition also featured work by Claire Harris, Will Frew, Robyn Kenealy, Ruby Nekk, Sam Stephens, Don Smith, Curtis Nixon and Di Dixon (among others).

On the opening night I also performed as Supercomposer for the first time (see below) alongside The Unknown Rockstar and The Doll, reproducing a number of my Britney Spears + Noise = HOT remixes in a live setting (and some other bits and pieces, including a HOT Jay-Z vs. Kevin Drumm mashup).

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“On this week at Thistle Hall is the biennial PhotoChop exhibition, centered around the art of collage… with a selection of fine works including repurposed postcards, a scenic Urewera setting for Willie Apiata and a couple of fine posters celebrating the golden years of Britney Spears.” (Wellingtonista, read more)

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“Tuhoe Never Signed the Fucking Treaty” (Black and red vivid on N.Z. wall map, 2011)

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

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Work produced for the Concerned Citizens auction, to raise money and awareness for the 2007 ‘terror raid’ arrestees, many of whom were Tūhoe activists; “18 people in New Zealand are currently being bankrupted by the cost of fighting questionable charges following the ‘Operation 8’ raids conducted around the country on October 15th, 2007. To address these concerns, more than 50 artists from around New Zealand are exhibiting their work in the hope of raising funds (and awareness) to support the victims of the raids and their families.” (read more)

This work sold for $200, which contributed to the jaw-dropping total of $6500 raised in just 3 short days, with all funds going to the arrestees and their families. Other artists involved in the exhibition included Tao Wells, Arlo Edwards, Kerry Ann Lee, Roger Morris, Hannah Salmon, Ellen Rodda, Bryce Galloway, Campbell Kneale, Richard Meros and Robyn Kenealy (see full list here).

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“Stolen Land” (NZ Parliament/Thistle Hall, 2011)

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

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Conceptual/sculptural piece exhibited in two parts: 1) the confiscation of a patch of land from Parliament grounds, and 2) this piece of land exhibited as part of The Briefcase Project (group show, curated by Richard Bartlett, Thistle Hall, 8-14 August). 19 artists were featured in the show, including Hannah Salmon, Ben Knight, Lance Ravenswood, Tui Harrington and Turrence Turner (among others).

“My favourite pieces are the visual discourse on the concept of “stolen land” and a beautiful piece of sound design, delivered on a very old school reel machine.” (Martyn Pepperell, Word on the Street)

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COLLABORATION: “Born In Gore” (Claire Harris, Video Art, 2011)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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Video work by Wellington artist Claire Harris exploring the relationship between colonialisation and feminism. I operated the camera, Matt Whitwell did the sound recording, and Euan Robertson played the bagpipes. Originally screened as part of Typical Girls: Comedic Feminist Video from Wellington (curated by Bryce Galloway, Wellington Film Archive, 2011).

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