Dark City is a masterful collaboration between Melissa McDougall’s oil paintings and Kiran X’s multi-media paintings featuring iconic Wellington scenes juxtaposed with cinema vixens, neon abstraction and city lights.
KIRAN-X uses aerosol and reconstituted paints with existing weathered surfaces found in the city. Drawn to dark urbanized icons, abstraction of advertising and tech noir, his characters have become bound together by an otherworldly beat of street fonts and altered facades.
Melissa McDougall’s oil paintings are detailed nocturnal city scenes. Her paintings feature iconic Wellington street scenes. Each one is reminiscent of evocative Film Noir movies featuring city lights, shadows and femme fatales.
codamorphology: the beauty of mathematics
Where it is the purpose of science to find answers, it is a purpose of art to pose questions.
In codaMorphology, the questions that arise are about artistic choices. Just why is an artwork beautiful to us - or not? Are accepted mathematical ideals such as the golden ratio self-fulfilling? Just where does the idea of ‘beauty’ lie?
Part of my practice is to create computer programs which in turn make compositions. These designs are then brought into the ‘real’ world through printmaking. CodaMorphology is the result of these investigations.
I am an artist based in my home studio in Northland, Wellington. My practice now is both as a printmaker and codemaker. The hills surrounding Wellington were the inspiration to create programs creating fields of shapes, which I use to make most of my works today.
i do it
I do it is an exhibition featuring Wellington women out using real bikes for real reasons. In Wellington, up to three times more men regularly ride their bikes than women. Victoria Vincent wants to help change this, and has created a collection of empowering photographs featuring women who ‘do it’ - inspiring others to do it too. Victoria says, “The images are realistic, what you see is what you get - but the joy in their faces is what ties them all together”.
A bit about Victoria Vincent:
Victoria is a commercial and portrait photographer who specialises in putting her subjects at ease. Her goal is to photograph the connection between people; she prefers people to smile at each other rather than at the camera. Victoria’s approach to commercial and portraiture work is framed by her experience making documentaries for the BBC in London. She has learned to let the story tell itself by capturing the candid moments that are so easily missed. This desire for the candid image gives her photographs a natural and genuine edge – this is her point of difference.
Victoria Vincent, 021 213 5759
Artists: Jo Constable, Jeanie Randall, Kristeen Lockett, Ali Murray, Rachel Keel, Jocelyn Hendry, Anna Nelson & Maxine Edwards.
Ever stopped to look at the textures around us? This collaborative art show explores those textures through various mediums: printmaking, photography, pottery, painting, weaving, jewellery, bookmaking, and furniture. The 8 artists come from a mixture of backgrounds from printmaking, pottery and painting to weaving, graphic design and bookmaking. Each artist interprets the theme in their own way. They met through the Hutt Art Centre and have exhibited at the Hutt Art galleries and other galleries around New Zealand.
Ali Murray is a printmaker living in Wellington. Her work typically combines monoprint, linocut, drypoint, stencilling and hand-carved stamps.
Jeanie Randall is a Wellington artist passionate about printmaking and bookmaking. She works with encaustic wax, jewellery making and flame glass work.
Kristeen Lockett has exhibited in numerous galleries in New Zealand — in both group and solo shows and also as a guest artist. Her work is in many private and public collections. She loves to work with etching and linocut. email@example.com
Jocelyn Hendry is passionate about textures and colour. Sculpting in clay and printmaking gives her a strong grounding to evolve and develop a personal style. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Constable enjoys spending time out and about with her camera and discovering hidden textures and colour, then combining these found images with printmaking. www.hoipolloi.co.nz
Anna Nelson loves all methods of printmaking as it’s a very satisfying means of capturing an image. She enjoys all the aspects of printmaking, from creating the image to seeing the resulting image on paper. Anna likes to create layers within her work.
Rachel Keel enjoys all forms of printmaking especially lino cutting. Rachel also weaves, creates books and collages.
Maxine Edwards is based in Petone, she enjoys all aspects of printmaking and more recently large abstract paintings.
Play by Play
A strange, bleak, and clichéd collection of acrylic paint applied to canvas and timber.
This Exhibition is a Silent Auction.
By decree the artist has set a ‘no reserve’ on all his art. The pieces have been created for the intent to be loved, loathed, viewed, or owned by anyone interested. Auction ends on close Saturday 15 April 2017 at 6.00pm.
people of myanmar
At home, work and play in “The Golden Land”
“People of Myanmar” is a portfolio of 60 photographic images collected during three journeys to Myanmar and travel widely throughout the country in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has been opening up to the outside world in recent years and is taking its first, faltering steps towards restoring democracy after many decades closed-off and under military rule.
The country is largely unchanged from the period of British administration and later independence that ended in 1962. It is struggling to adapt and develop to meet the needs and opportunities of the 21st century. Much of the workforce has low or no formal education and many children do not attend school. Business and industry is under-developed, many commercial and public buildings are crumbling, and the infrastructure, transport and other public services are overloaded and unreliable. Only 30% of households are connected to the electricity grid and less than 5% have a piped water supply.
Buddhism permeates all aspects of Myanmar life and culture. Around 90% of the population are practicing Buddhists, and there are nearly 600,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. Tens of thousands of pagodas, temples, monasteries and other Buddhist structures are scattered throughout the country.
The images were captured in cities, towns and villages across 11 of the 14 states and regions that comprise the country’s administrative divisions. The objective of this exhibition is to endeavour to capture the diversity of contemporary Myanmar seen through its people going about their daily lives.
For more information, please contact:
Ross Collins: 021 744004, email@example.com
TIC TAC TOE = X3 ARTISTS, x3 styles, x3 viewpoints, one show
Tic Tac Toe is an exhibition of local Ngaio artists, Christen Stewart, roOm, and Holly Thomas.
All three artists work in different mediums and materials, but are connected by the challenges of being practising artists as well as busy active parents to young families. The show was born from an idea to represent the buzzing creative community of Ngaio in central Wellington, and also from the desire to comitt to an artistic deadline and support each other with finding the time to make work for exhibition.
About the Artists:
Christen Stewart is an illustrator based from her home studio in Ngaio. Her practice usually realms inside the digital world armed with computer and tablet, but over the last 12months she has been developing a series of finely detailed, painted pattern icons in bright ceramic paint on plates. She is influenced by the profound natural curls of her second child, and natural formations, as well as a few vintage plates she has lying around and has used these as a starting point to develop a whimsical line-art style.
What started out as a journey of shapes and patterns, naturally for christen, led to character design and what stories might the characters tell if they were combined with these androgynous, organic patterns. The result is a quirky, mischievous and fun twist on the simple more organic plate designs. The circular plates lend the art a more natural soft border feel which suits the playfulness of the artwork. She is also experimenting with context, by adding her art to Tshirts sweatshirts and other merchandise with her online store kaboodle.threadless.com.
Holly Thomas is a painter and has been creating work from her Ngaio home since moving to the area 5 years ago. Her work is bold and dynamic, and she has developed a unique fast-paced style which allows her to build expressive layers of paint amongst the regular chaos of the family home. Holly is inspired by colour and line, often using pencil and charcoals to define and mark the surface once the paint has been laid. She also has a thing for neon and her works often have a pop of flouro hidden within the layers or thrown across the surface as a dramatic highlight. Holly is a regular exhibitor at Ngaio's local cafe, and a NZ Art Show participant over the years. She will be showing again as a Solo Artist in this years NZ Art Show.
Jason Courtis aka roOm, As an artist I show and label all my work under the pseudonym of "roOm”
As a photographer, “roOm” showcases subjects that are often passed by without notice, forgotten, or have lost our attention.
As an artist, roOm believes it is the job of the photographer to bring these details back into focus in a new and creative way.
roOm often shoots imagery at night, when the busyness of the day gives way to the space and calm of the dark.
roOm has currently been investigating “light” through the lenses, combined with “light” as a final product and is creating thought provoking and dynamic light box imagery for the viewer to enjoy. I will Be show again this coming year as a Solo Artist Wall artist at the NZ Art Show 2017.
Convergent is an exhibition by Nicky Kane and Natalia K Parra-Sierra. Our aim is to show how materials such as unconventional printing paper, tissue paper, computer components, and other media can be interpreted and presented innovatively as art.
We hope that the individual aspects and qualities of our work will make a stimulating show and it will engage the audience in a conversation about the ways in which colour, texture, line and space can be explored and presented as art. It is through our imaginative use of materials and our unique approach to making art that the concept of convergence arises. We share a love of paper, texture and the concepts of collage and this is evident throughout our work.
outside the machine
'OUTSIDE THE MACHINE' Is mainly a collection of paintings/engravings (Robert) and recent forays into decorated ceramics (Bodhi) This 'Mosaic of the Artists minds' is a collaberation of two very experienced practitioners coming together with their work. To allow their art to rub shoulders in time and space, the ensuing result will be an outcome of two different streams of artistic enquiry, a dynamic and robust consortium work, rich with the diverse imagery of two mark makers sharing a space and celebrating the outcome.
inhale : exhale
'INHALE : EXHALE' offers soulful and beautiful visual imagery that acts as a counter to what has become a very fast-paced, digital-focused world.
Tangible subjects, and tangible working processes, all contribute to a grounding of the work in reality. These artists challenge the viewer to really look and absorb not only the subject being presented, but each and every stroke of the artist: pencil-stroke, brush stroke, or polish of the jeweller’s cloth... reach out and hold your attention.
The artists exhibiting in INHALE : EXHALE supplement or support their art practice by contracting for the film industry. This can be a highly demanding occupation, it is both energetically and creatively draining. This exhibition at Thistle Hall is an opportunity to nourish and celebrate their own artistic talents and interests, and to show their work to a wider audience.
We think the Wellington public will be interested to see the personal work of some of our reclusive film technicians, and believe that many people will relate and respond to the themes explored in the work.
Take a moment to… breathe in : breathe out…
Brink Frontier - Photival
Wellington's first photography festival in over a decade, aims to use photography as social commentary to discuss widely important issues we face in the world today. We are proud to be acting as a bridge between our audiences and many local and international organisations working for positive social change.
PHOTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT 'BRINK FRONTIER'
We will be showcasing a selection of recent graduates work which we feel not only fits the theme of Brink but also demonstrates the outstanding upcoming photographic talent from Wellington's Massey University.
Evageline Davis - Touchy
Ben Murdoch - Scope
Chevron Hassett- Ko toku taumata tonu, ko Hawaiki
Chloe Burns Candy - It's the Little Things
Kasmira Krefft - For the Sake of Others
Alongside the selected graduates we will also be showcasing three winners from our open call competition selected by our international panel of judges.
Ben Laksana - "I hope, with the grace of God, they can help me ease my pain”
Christina Little - Wellington Trolley Buses
Antony Kitchener - Plastic Fantastic
The associated organisation is Action Station. They believe in a New Zealand that is fair and flourishing, with courage and compassion at its core. They believe in a robust democracy powered by informed and connected citizens, guided by accountable leaders. They believe in putting everyday people and our precious planet first, and building an economy that truly serves us.
PANEL EVENT AT THISTLE HALL
In Discussion – Can Images Evoke Social Change?
Saturday March 4th, 4pm, koha entry
From the Mountains to the sea
a state of mind
We live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with text and images telling us how we should be, how we should feel, how to be better. Social media has been described as “a happy place”
A state of mind is a collection of ceramic works exploring the interaction between affirmations and the mind with references to media and the grid.
Along with other works the exhibition contains 85 masks for sale for $25 each. A donation of $5 per mask will go to support youthline.
do dogs and their owners look alike
Photochop 6 - the art of collage
All artworks are between $5 - $100.
Come and make your own for free and take them home (from Wednesday).
The Second Skin exhibition began with the simple idea of showing people that art is more than a canvas you hang on your wall. That idea is the foundation of the exhibition, but over the course of creating the Second Skin exhibition, it has come to be a lot more than that (at least for me).
Ten years ago, I was introduced to the world of body painting and I instantly fell in love; why hadn't I found this art form sooner. As a teenager I dreamt of becoming a tattooist, so it's no surprise that I took to body art so keenly. With inspiration from various tattoo magazines I began drawing flash and showed my designs to a few tattooists for feedback. I received some of the best advice from the late Phill Mathias of Dermagraphic Tattoo Studio and it still often rings in my ears, “Learn, try & practice as many different art forms as you can. Do life drawing, sculpt, paint, everything and anything, it all makes you a better artist”.
A little over two years ago, I was pregnant, annoyed by the limited choice of prints on boys clothing and often found myself wondering why prints on children's clothing were the way they were, why couldn't you find those cool adult prints on kids clothing? So armed with my fabric paints & plain baby onesies, I started painting.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about body art.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about photography.
Second Skin isn't an exhibition about hand painted clothing.
Second Skin is an exhibition is a combination of all of my artistic loves, because art is more than something you hang on your wall.
Sometimes, you wear it.
Wellington Artists Transform Paper into Vibrant Sculptures
Paperworks, an exhibition by Wellington artists Caron Dallas and Meg Prebble, will run from 20–24 December at Thistle Hall in Cuba St. As well as exhibiting, the artists will be demonstrating some of their amazing paper manipulation techniques throughout the week.
Caron and Meg share a love of the versatile medium of paper, with their works transforming words and paper into unusual 2D and 3D art.
Highlights of the exhibition include ambitious works featuring a giant typewriter keyboard constructed from books and Hubble telescope images reinterpreted in coiled paper.
The pair also collaborated on some exhibition pieces.
“Meg and I have been excited to work together to create some whimsical installations where books sprout brilliant toadstools and twinning flora” Caron says.
Caron, of Norac Salad, crafts book sculptures. She believes books are made to communicate through its words but by changing its appearance the book becomes an independent image expressing itself through its shape. Caron can be found in her garage/workshop on Newtown Ave.
Meg’s work explores nature through paper. Quilled galaxies swirl on the walls, marbled native birds fly on harakeke paper, and a lifelike pōhutukawa tree, made from the Dominion Post, shelters a pensive reader. Meg, of Dora Papers, works and teaches in Eastbourne, surrounded by trees and piles of paper.
For more information please contact:
Caron Dallas, 0220 930 537, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Prebble, 027 407 5098, email@example.com
just good stuff
6 days to solve all your christmas shopping needs, while supporting local, independent creatives - it's practically guilt-free!
Opening 6.00pm Monday 12 December - join us for a glass of Christmas cheer and first dibs on the goodies.
Thistle Hall Gallery, Upper Cuba Street, Wellington
Heaps of good stuff from just $5.
Check out www.facebook.com/justgoodstuffnz for a preview of some of the good stuff on offer (updated regularly, so check back for even MORE good stuff...)
Featuring JUST GOOD STUFF from:
genevieve packer, ngaere mackinnon, flora waycott, hmxhm, tutu, felt up, lush lane,
alani mckenna x the neighbourhood studio, kelly spencer, gravyface designs, krat
underwood terrariums, niche textile studio, retro tonic, one, waitangy sauces, mel m,
amy van luijk, flooffs, julie+jack, catherine adam photography & design, art deacon.
Weaving Light and Space
“Weaving Light and Space” is a first New Zealand based collaborative art exhibition by two visual artists based in Wellington and London, UK: Beata Kozlowska and David Moraton.
The exhibition showcases their recent art works made in Wellington. Lines, strings and light are recurrent elements and main motifs of both artists’ installations, paintings, drawings and videos. Wherever placed three-dimensionally or represented on a bi-dimensional surface, these lines connect each other in weaving structures, mapping the space that they live in, creating complex organic forms and casting lights and shadows. Both artists find commonality in using lines and light to evoke the transcendental through abstract imagery, which constitute an integral part of their visual languages.
For Kozlowska, this results in a tangible vocabulary of motifs, layered marks and carefully re-edited forms, but within this matrix, the sequence is disordered and the originating mark is lost in the process of becoming something else. Moraton considers this experience more as a path leading to exploration of the Sublime in digital media.
Beata Kozlowska, (born in Poland) studied Master Degree in Fine Arts ( MFA) at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London in 2010, and Drawing, Bachelor Degree (BA) (Hons) in 2008 at the University of The Arts, Camberwell College of Arts London and MA Polish Literature and Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. Her practice spreads through many disciplines like drawing, painting, performance, installation, video and sculpture.
She has been exhibiting in numerous shows in London, UK, and internationally in Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Spain among others. In addition she was selected to several national and international art residencies UK Aspex Gallery, Cortijada Los Gazques Spain, KCCC Lithuania and most recently Arteles in Finland.
David Moraton (Spain) is a video-artist specialised in stereoscopic video animations and interactive installations. He graduated from the Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany and also from the Universidad of Valencia in Spain. He has been exhibiting in Germany, Spain, Finland, UK, Japan and USA, and last year he was finalist of the Lumen Prize for Digital Art for his video art work “Visus Sonitus”. Combined with his artistic career, David works creating visual effects for movies. He will be showing his latest videos and digital prints.