Month: June 2014

Heads On Portrait Prize at Northart

  Heads on Portrait Prize.                                                                                                                                                              June 3 – 18. Northart Gallery.   Portraits attract people, we like to look at ourselves (even more than at cats). I have to admit myself being a sociopath of sorts, but even I am drawn to portraits. Wondering what a formal definition is, I referred the Oxford English Dictionary a portrait, n. is:  A drawing or painting of a person, often mounted and framed for display, esp. one of the face or head and shoulders; (also) an engraving, photograph, etc., in a similar style. Something which represents, typifies, or resembles the …

WWLD? In conversation with the Waxing Lyrical.

WW..D? Is an interview segment where we get to know awesome people that are a part of the creative community in New Zealand. This week we spoke to curator Luke Alexander, as well as being one of our key contributors Luke Alexander is also a talented actor and heavily involved in the theatre. Read more for What Would Luke Do? Describe yourself in 3 words. Between existential crises. What is the ‘best’ book you’ve read? I don’t like to play favourites; it’s unfair to my other books, but some of my favourites are Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy), The MaddAddam trilogy (Margaret Atwood) and Frida: aBiography of Frida Kahlo (Hayden Herrera) Why write? Putting thoughts on paper makes room for new ones… it’s a catharsis that stimulates neural processes. When you’re not writing for #500words what are you doing? Wondering when Nicki Minaj will grace us with her new album. That or in a theatre, library or gallery. What is it about art that interests you in critical dialogues? I once had it said to me that the theatre of war, the …

Always My Sister at The Basement Theatre

Always My Sister. Written and directed by Michelanne Forster, starring Torum Heng, Jess Sayer & Chris Tempest, Costumes by Charlie Baptist, Lighting by Ruby Reihana-Wilson.  June 10-21. The Basement Theatre. Michelanne Forster’s newest play, Always My Sister tells the story of Maggie Reardon, partner of Joseph Burns (whose grisly murder of Lt. Snow and his family shocked colonial Auckland), and her sister, Sophia Aldwell. The sisters’ silence in the murder’s wake almost condemned an innocent man. Forster talks in the programme of “being drawn to that female silence” in her work and, while it is a dynamic lens through which we can view history from a new angle, the 55-minute length deprives Forster of much opportunity to fully capitalise on the relationship. With the play’s action spanning several years, temporal and spatial shifts relied heavily on expositional dialogue and Reihana-Wison’s lighting changes for demarcation. While I applaud the lighting design’s ability to mark this shift so subtly, it felt that Forster was asking a lot of the technology and the blocking did not adequately support Reihana-Wilson’s …

Love and Strife = Cosmic Cycle at Gow Langsford

I first learnt about Love and Strife = Cosmic Cycle at Gow Langsford in an unconventional way for the digital age. I was passing by the gallery in the evening and looked inside. There were people with glasses of wine in their hands, meaning something was on. The next day there were photos from the show opening in my Facebook feed. Somebody had been to an opening of a “Vogue photographer”. Not that New Zealand is a small country far away from anything, but we don’t see Vogue photographers coming to town every day. I was curious and decided to pay a visit. Think of a “Vogue photographer” and the first things that come to mind are exotic settings and hot skinny females in extravagant clothing (or not). That was how I imagined Spiros Poros. I was not that wrong. There were hot naked bodies there, and not much clothing involved. But there was more to it than a fashion photo shoot. There is definite sense of glamour about the photographs, and something cinematic, surprisingly …