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A conversation overheard on the Link bus, October 30th 2012. Notes taken on my phone. 3 people discuss the Walters Prize.
Art is based in sensory experience. It is a process of seeing, smelling, feeling or hearing the creation of another person, perceiving it, and allowing this experience to provoke a reaction whether it is emotional, conceptual or physical.
Muaiava's goal for the exhibition is to “offer an alternative perspective into how things can be viewed and interpreted.” Alternative interpretation is guided by Muaiava's use of the camera and stylisation of the photographs that push the boundaries and refresh common photographic themes.
Homecomings are often events for celebration, so the front page heading of the September 14 issue of the 'Manukau Courier', 'Hotere comes home, captured my attention. The celebration was in fact the Mangere Arts Centre's second birthday; the homecoming, a gift to the centre, was Ralph Hotere's 'Towards Rangitoto', made in 1989. The photograph in the 'Courier' could not substitute for the real thing, so it was off to the Mangere Arts Centre to have a look!
The recent death of yet another major New Zealand painter prompts me to share a few memories, as is the way.
In Buddhist thought, there is no self, no ego, no I. A challenge when trying to communicate my ideas in response to the recent exhibition Condensare: Press Close Together and the accompanying conversation staged between Professor Manying Ip and Buddhist Master Chang Lin.
I don’t think 'Reading Room' set out to re-sculpt the landscape of contemporary art but it is an extremely clever collaboration. It achieves a lot in a very appealing way, reaching all the high notes of nostalgia and intimacy and intrigue.
Variety, it is said, is the spice of life. And if that is the case, and if life can be read as art, then the works of art exhibited as contestants for the Snakepit Gallery's 'Gordon's Walters Prize' season both the mind and eye in the manner of those vegetable tinctures.
From recovered billboard fabric to galvanised steel, sewn strips of paper to re-shaped Dispirin packets, fluorescent light boxes to bronze and wood; it would seem nothing unites the Paramount Winners of the Wallace Art Awards for the last twenty years.
Andrew Barber is both prankster and serious painter. He’s always had a firm attachment to his materials, and played with visual puns, incredulity, and artistic in-jokes in a most thoughtful manner.
as workers not dreamers, businessmen and entrepreneurs, mark harvey and johannes blomqvist try to be productive with their bodies.