Artbank has got you sussed for arty stuff happening in Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond. With interviews, live performances, your weekly gallery guide and more - come get some culture in ya with Rachel and Theo. Ka rawe!
A packed Artbank this week. Graham Reid was in the studio talking about the effort that went into creating the Volume exhibition at the Auckland Museum. It is an immense sonic, visual and interactive display covering the history of music in Aotearoa. Theo talked with Olivia Blyth, about her show Communityity - the fifth show put on by Auckland based collective Hapori. Participants were asked to draw their sonic surroundings and Blyth has collated the collective renderings of aural happenings at Corbyn Estate Arts Centre. Finally we talked to Malcolm McAllister, an art teacher at Otahuhu College, who has been studying how art is taught in Cuba, and recently spent time in the country, meeting with teachers and practitioners there.
This week Rachel speaks to Louisa Afoa about her show "A Pool is Not The Ocean", at St Paul ST Gallery Three and Nadine chats with Jeremy Leatinu'u aboput his upcoming show Earthpushers at Te tuhi Gallery in Pakuranga.
Ayesha Green's solo show "The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori)" is on now at RM Gallery. She also has a show at Papakura Art Gallery opening on Saturday, and work in Artspace. We had a hearty chat about the context from which her paintings and ceramics spring - a Māori history of tourism in New Zealand, the relationship between the earth and the crown, the likes of Sherpa Tenzing's role in our national consciousness.
We also recognise the significant role the Vito Acconci (January 24, 1940 – April 27, 2017)
played in the world of performance and installation art, and architecture. Theo gives us a bit of a run down and we hear some clips from his work.
On Sunday, Tom talked to Caitee Clarke, Maia Abraham and Hamish Peterson - the crew behind the new artist run space Ōtautahi Kōrerotia. They are about to launch an exciting programme with “Pūtahi; tributaries feeding tributaries” by artists Phoebe Hinchliff, Mikaela Marshall and Liv Worsnop.
Then we were back in Auckland, hearing from Vivienne Worn, who’s show ‘Re-reading Laurencin’ is on now at Window Gallery. Nadine and Vivienne caught up, and discussed the influence of Marie Laurencin, the French painter of the early 20th century, on Worn’s abstractions.
Kia ora. This week we talked to two Australia-based painters. The artist Hamishi Farrah, has been in town for Artspace's latest show: Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think. Artbanker Theo caught up for a chat. We also heard from the New Zealand born, Sydney-based painter Euan Macleod, and talked the landscape, memory and body. Plus, sweet tunes, interesting sonic work and a list of upcoming workshops and openings.
Marx, Money and Heavy Metal... Cushla Donaldson's solo exhibition, curated by Ioana Gordon Smith, is on now at Te Uru Waitakere. Titled from a local tourist spot but referencing trickle-down theory, "The Fairy Falls" is a nuanced and visually arresting investigation which seeks to expose the functioning of today’s financial markets.
She suggests for working class politics, environmentalism, feminism and struggles for indigenous self-determination to work together on the Left, an element of romanticism which doesn't elicit nostalgia is needed to exceed the grid-like rigours of the rational/markets. In light of this context, we talk to works such as “Affections,” a portrait of Cliff Curtis barefoot on the red carpet, and “The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival” a documentary of the time Black Sabbath came to Aotearoa and, of course, the omnipresent grid suspended from the ceiling of the galley.
Janine Eisenaecher has been in town. The Berlin based sound artist presented “Eat Your Enemy #4 I don’t want to want” at Audio Foundation on Saturday. The monologue she presented was delivered to the beat and sounds of dripping coke bottles. It channeled John Cage’s lecture “Composition as Process“ (1958), discussing the invisible work of artists and the need for solidarity and care within a highly competitive field. She discussed her ongoing practice with Theo, and told us how Berlin has come to (re)embrace performance art.
We sound out the line between poetry and music with Rachel, as she plays some tunes PJ Harvey’s “The Wind” and a more recent Laura Marling number.
This week Nadine spoke to Yuki Kihara about her work Der Papalagi (The White Man) at ST Paul St Gallery 3, and Rachel spoke to Yona Lee about her work In Transit (Arrival) at Te Tuhi Gallery. Ayesha Green called us from WOMAD and gave us the down low on the art happenings at the festival.
Indira Neville and Chris Cudby, two of the curators of the new Sonic Comic project, talked to Theo in studio. Sonic Comic is a collection of works that are both comics and sounds; a publication, playlist and exhibition; a celebration of musicians who make comics and comic artists who make music.
Then we did an on-air, tag-team swap and Thomas Newman Pound and Artbank Tom proceeded to talk about Without Words; A Year Out Walking - Pounds new installation at Gus Fisher Gallery. Pounds has been wandering the building sites, old railway lines, and streets of Auckland, collecting and concocting sculptural pieces from them.
Rachel whips in at the last, with a tune from Ages Powerflip, an experimental musician playing a bFM breakfast club this week.
Ronan Lee is in the studio to talk about his work in the new space, Mokopōpaki.We are introduced to the pioneering sounds of Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire, and the sonic sculptures of Harry Bertoia. Plus a round-up of the latest shows!
It's been an existential week for Jackson on Sunday Painter, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Tune in to the last ever episode for some some final thoughts from Jackson on how to make art. (Part 3/3)
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Do you struggle with the common problem of forgetting what your house looks like? Well don't worry! Jackson is here to teach you how to do a painting of your house so you'll always have a useful reference!
Land Art! Robert Smithson made it with some stones and dirt and things, and you can make your own Land Art too! Jackson is on a plane jetting off to Italy, but that won't stop him from teaching you how to make your very own masterpiece.