With These Hands celebrate the human connection between the maker and the user of ceramic vessels. In our busy, noisy height technological world, we have lost the ability to make a direct link between items of everyday use and the people who make them. All things have at their core a human hand. As a domestic potter I like the idea that when people used my vessels they are giving them life in their own terms. To used a hand-made pot, to know the maker, is to preserve our social connectivity. Because pottery is timeless and fragile at the same time, using ceramic pieces for eating and drinking every day enhance not only their value but also the value of those who today still work with their hands. To value the produce of human hands is to celebrate and acknowledge human creativity.
Colour and texture are central to my ceramic work. The graphic intensity of my sgrafitto patterns in contrast with the naked clay allows me the freedom of creating a piece of work that is not only unique but also spontaneous. My designs are inspired by my personal interpretations of bush and forest both here in New Zealand and my birth place, Costa Rica. As a functional potter I enjoy the challenge of throwing large pieces using heavily grog clay which adds an organic element to my work.
Recently I travel to New Mexico in the United States where I had the opportunity of learning decorating techniques used by the Native American Pueblo Indians for centuries. Part of my work in this present exhibition has been inspired by that journey resulting on the explorations of new brush work designs that allowed me to transfer parts of my Costa Rican heritage into my ceramic work.
We are a group of friends and artists who met through the Wellington Buddhist Centre. Our Buddhist group encourages art as an aid to spiritual growth, as in cultivating positive emotion, mindfulness and higher states of awareness. We're interested in how our Buddhist practice of personal growth has influenced and been reflected in our art, and how our art individually and collectively may connect through that enquiry and practice.
The Wellington Buddhist Centre also emphasizes the value of friendship. This exhibition will show a group of diverse people, with different techniques and approaches to art, united by our common commitment to spiritual practice and the support of one another.
The artists included in the exhibition are:
Medium: Handcoloured photographss
Subject: China in the 80s
Subject: Landscapes, particularly done from photos she took in Tibet
Medium: Acrylics and Pencil
Genre: Naïve realism
Medium: Oil Paintings
Subject: Trees and human bodies
Achalamuni (Donald Woolford)
Medium: Oil paintings
Genre: Still life and abstract
This exhibition called “59” presents me with a great opportunity to collaborate with Linda Evangaline Smith, whom I got to know as a fellow student at the Learning Connection in Taita.
We wanted to experience, how our different artistic approaches can connect and complement each other in a shared space and find similarities besides our shared year of birth, which inspired the title.
When it comes to my artist practice I experience myself increasingly as a mixed-media person. I enjoy to venture into painting, photography, digital design, printmaking, sculpture, collage/assemblage and also combined techniques.
For this exhibition I chose the Hexagon shape as one overarching theme, exploring it in 2D and 3D and also that space of optical illusions in between. Intrigued by the strong symmetry and balance of the Hexagon I experimented with different ways to contradict and distort that effect. In re-purposing mass-produced, hexagon-shaped acrylic ornaments as both motives and material I found connections to my professional background in textile design and my fascination with architecture and industrial structures.
The occurring elements of repetition and transition also serve as topics, represented in works on display like the painted cityscape, the digital hommage to Rene’ Magritte and my 2016 participation in the NZ-based 100 Days-Project.
Linda Evangaline Smith
There is always the challenge of making what I can see in my imagination happen in real life. The challenge is trying to form my thoughts and mind pictures into art that other people can see. Deciding on media, application, form and size are some of the first things I think about as well as how to actually construct or paint it. The pieces in this exhibition are all screen printed using the same screens in many different ways.
I decided that the circle would become my starting point. I have been using circles to contain my work a lot lately and wanted to see it through to some conclusion. Using print and a set bank of images but an unlimited colour pallet made it possible for me to concentrate on layering, opacity and forming compositions.
When I start I have only a hint of an idea of how it will look when completed. The first few marks are never good and I struggle to continue rather keep on starting again and again. The layers work to obscure and reveal different pictures within the bigger picture. I’m learning when to stop.
Every image has a meaning for me in my everyday life. Some are straight from nature, a leaf from my mother’s garden put over a screen, drawings of plants and shapes as well as digital images that are layered to form a composition.
An exhibition of new work by Erin Carver, Love & possibility celebrates the belief that when we commit to doing what we love, we open the door to discovering the fullness of our own possibility.
Showcasing a delightful contrast between painting and woodcut relief printmaking, Erin’s work reflects the joy she has discovered in working across these two disciplines that have very different creative processes.
Having a deep interest in the creative process and the relationship that exists between creativity and maintaining positive mental health, the exhibition will also feature a series of 100 small works with quotes about creativity – A collection of beautiful words to inspire us to engage with our own creativity and potential.
Come and fall in love with your own possibility!
Informal woodcut demonstrations will take place throughout the week and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.
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Deluge / Upheaval explores process, materiality and mark making. My recent practice has focused on allowing the process or material to dictate the final outcome. Letting go of preconceived ideas about what a work ‘should be’ has encouraged me to slow down and form a relationship with my materials (primarily ink on paper and ceramics) as well as find a sense of freedom within my practice. This exhibition is the result of many hours of intuitive play and an infatuation with line and form.
Mama, mother, queen is a series of over 100 woman that explores the female form as a powerful and imperfect vessel. Sculpted from clay each sculpture explores the emotions of motherhood, the changes of the body or a personal journey that a mother has taken to be shared with those around her.
This project is not about presenting the perfect woman, it is about making society see what is real, the curves, the breasts, the post-baby body that most people feel uncomfortable with but is so normal and still beautiful in its own right as a vessel that has provided life for our children.
At Artifactmade we design and build furniture but we approach things a little differently. Driven by the pursuit of ethical design, we build modular products with the purpose of creating healthy and productive workplaces that maximise creative output and improve workflow. This exhibition showcases the journey we took to explore the ethics behind how products are designed and made and the effect that well designed work spaces can have on your health. Come Explore the Unknown as we delve into, the design of everyday things, healthy workspaces, materials and manufacture, design for change.
“Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favours no race and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform. It transcends our normal lives and lets us imagine what is possible”. Richard Kamler
First Do No Harm is an art based exhibition focusing on the fundamental values of ending rape culture. In particular, consent, gendered and sexual violence towards women, gender minorities, the disabled, the vulnerable and other minority groups in our communities.
The purpose of this exhibition is to represent the diversity of people in our community affected by sexual violence. We aim to achieve this by raising awareness focusing on education and creating spaces where fear, isolation and vulnerability can transcend into places of sharing, solidarity, healing, empowering and creating networks and community support. The ultimate goal, of course, is to affect change in public perception and policy making around issues of sexual violence and consent.
Molly Rangiwai Mchale
Diverse Jewellers are back to tempt you with their latest creations and to make it more enticing are offering you a 10% discount on opening night.
Diverse Jewellers are a dynamic collective of local artists dedicated to creating unique and limited-edition pieces. These exciting designs incorporate a range of materials including: sterling silver, copper, gold, semi-precious and precious stones, hand-made glass beads and cabochons, enamel and shell.
Exhibiting jewellers include: Julie Brown, Rose David, Kim Entwisle, Charlotte Kerr, Elizabeth Walters and Lesley Watson.
Each jeweller has their own distinct style which ranges from traditional to whimsical or quirky. You are guaranteed to find
something for every personality.
A whakapapa quilt tells a story, heals and gives you a really good moe. Matariki is a time for old wisdom, reflection and kotahitanga. A quilt symbolizes safety, warmth and comfort.
I am but a servant of the great Hine te Iwaiwa, I serve in her house, Te Whare Pora. I give thanks for being able to share this Matariki kaupapa, it's buzzy.
Come, be a part of the vibe. I'm going to be doing some special Matariki story telling with puppets and quilts on Queens Birthday, Monday at 1.30pm.
We are celebrating 7 years of The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary in Ōtaki and 11 years of our Opportunity for Animals opshops with our first ever fundraising ART EXHIBITION & AUCTION!
We have been overwhelmed by the quantity and range of artwork donated by over 100 local and international artists! There is sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The show is mixed media, with an adventurous range of pieces exploring the themes of animals, the environment, animal rights, feminism, intersectionality and nature.
Wellingtonians can take the chance to view the artwork at Thistle Hall from 29 May to 3 June (between 10.00-17.00) with many pieces available to buy during the week as well as vegan pies and sweet treats. Some of the Artwork can be bid on all week as part of the silent auction which will run all week and close at 7.30pm on Saturday before the live auction.
For non-Welligtonians there will be a selection of pieces for sale online: https://theblacksheep2017.eflea.ca/
The auction night on Saturday 3 June is free entry (Koha welcome). Nibbles and drinks will be provided, with vegan gourmet pies and baked treats available for sale. The live auction starts at 7pm.
Any Black Sheep supporters further afield or unavailable on the auction night are warmly encouraged to get visit our separate online auction, which runs until 10pm Wednesday 31st May at: https://theblacksheep2017.eflea.ca/view
This is an evening where everyone gets the chance to help with animal rescue. While you may not be able to adopt an animal yourself, you can take home a beautiful animal-themed artwork that supports the cause.
Auction Night event link:
The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is owned by the Animal Protection Society, Inc., and is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned and abused animals. We work predominantly with ex-farm animals and have over 180 animals on site. Our kaupapa is intersectional: pro-feminist and anti-racist; opposing sexism, inequality and environmental destruction, and we acknowledge local iwi and hapū as tangata whenua. We are queer and queer-friendly. The sanctuary is run mostly by volunteers, and financially supported by donations and our independent Opportunity for Animals opshops in Newtown, Miramar and Ōtaki. On site in Ōtaki we value empowerment through learning and sharing practical skills, especially with people of minority backgrounds, and we seek to support both human and animal rights against all forms of oppression.
Kaori Izumiya and Masako K Styles, two Japanese artists living in Wellington, are having their first exhibition in Wellington. The exhibition title【Fluidity】was named to represent the adoptability to the new environment and the freeness of their artistic expression. The artists grew up in Japan but have been influenced by different cultures and people outside the country. They’ve got a lot of inspiration from Wellington/New Zealand - its culture, beautiful nature, and people since they moved here. They are excited to share their artwork and humbly hope to give back some inspiration to people in Wellington.
Kaori Izumiya loves to draw women and uses mainly acrylics and ink to create her art. After studying oil painting and graduating from the Tokyo University of Arts, she had multiple solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo. She is also a regular seller at Art markets. Kaori has also been painting backgrounds for Japanese animation.
Masako K Styles has lived and graduated from college in California where she learned traditional and digital art. She’s worked as a 2D animator, illustrator, and manga artist/author since then. She loves making up fictional characters based off things you see in everyday life. She enjoys using various media to create her art.
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.
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.