Month: October 2013

One Night, Four Weeks at Window Gallery

One Night, Four Weeks. Bryn Roberts, Bridget Riggir, Robin Murphy. September. Window Gallery. One Night, Four Weeks by Bryn Roberts, Bridget Riggir, and Robin Murphy is a recent installment of the student co-operative – Window.  The exhibitions display of The John Weeks Memorial Trust, come baring the disenfranchised relics of an earlier school of Elamites.   The collection of paintings, drawings and prints come carrying names, big and small. Colin McCahon, Don Binney, Toss Woolaston and the trust’s naming-figure John Weeks, together representing some of the major proponents of New Zealand modernism. Among these titans of our tentative national canon, are less certain names – Ben Corban, Adriana Tuscia and Helen Mitchel; but-a-few of the anonymous figures that announce the collections breadth and eclecticism.                                                                                                                                                      Roberts, Riggir and Murphy have not delivered a long overdue survey-show of the collection, but rather presented the artworks collared with their current institutional reliance. Through the snippets of back door politics made available to us, the objects are recast as insurance liabilities, status symbols of the Executive branch, and …

Ranui 135 at Anna Miles Gallery

Ranui 135. Edith Amituana’i. 19 June – 27 July 2013. Anna Miles Gallery The traditional idea of home being a physical location, usually a hometown where one was raised, is not so relative to people today. The idea of home has become an abstract concept. With large communities of immigrants moving to New Zealand, what becomes of their home now? Is it the one they left behind or the one that they are creating in their new country? How do we connect to a physical place that we may have only just newly arrived at. Auckland artist Edith Amituanai questions these notions herself through her photographic practice. Her images involve communities, people and their everyday lives. It is the simple act of living and connecting to our surroundings that inspires and motivates Amituanai’s work. Her last series of work involved photographing children passing by her driveway on their way to and from school. Rather than continue to keep herself contained in her own immediate surroundings, for her latest showing Ranui 135 she has chosen to …