Category Archives: Exhibitions

Where Memories Sleep – Project overview

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A very brief overview of the Where Memories Sleep Project including behind the scenes footage of production.

Where Memories Sleep is an immersive cinedance performance that is designed to introduce new audiences to Antarctica and the science undertaken there.

The installation, inspired by Jason’s trips to Scott Base in 2016 and 2018, combines live and pre-recorded dancers projected on to a bespoke glacier set and the fulldome at Wellington’s SpacePlace.

The project is a collaboration between Jason O’Hara (creative director, motionographer, documentary maker and scenographer) and Warren Maxwell (musician), and is supported by a team of professional dancers.

Kermadec panel discussion at Aratoi

Please join us for the final venue closing ceremony for Kermadec : Lines in the Ocean
13 November 2016, 2 – 4pm at Aratoi

There will be a panel discussion featuring: Marama Fox MP, Dame Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, Pātaka Director Reuben Friend, Elizabeth Thomson, and Jason O’Hara

Moderated by Shelley Campbell of the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Cnr Bruce and Dixon St, Masterton .

www.aratoi.org.nz/

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“See what I can see” exhibition

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Seachange (approaching Raoul) 2011

See what I can see: Discovering New Zealand Photography

Sargent Gallery, Whanganui. 18 June – 11 September

My Kermedec work Seachange (approaching Raoul) is part of a new exhibition alongside work from some of New Zealand’s leading photographers including Robin White, Bruce Foster and fellow Massey-ites, Anne Noble and Wayne Barrar.

This exhibition is a celebration of that remarkable, well-travelled invention, the camera, the New Zealand that it captured and the artists who wielded it. This exhibition is a companion to the 2015 book See what I can see: New Zealand Photography for the young and curious written by Gregory O’Brien and published by Auckland University Press. The exhibition, co-curated by O’Brien and Sarjeant Gallery curator Greg Donson brings together a selection of images from the book alongside examples from the Sarjeant Gallery’s rich photographic holdings.

http://www.sarjeant.org.nz/site/pages/exhibitions.php

Kermadec in Ashburton

KermadecAshburton-Art-GalleryThe Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.

It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton
ashburtonartgallery.org.nz
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

 

 

ARTIST TALKS | BRUCE FOSTER, ELIZABETH THOMSON AND GREGORY O’BRIEN
JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.

This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.

Read more about the Kermadec Project

Crossings: Only two left … make that one

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“Crossing Series #1” 2011
Limited edition Triptych of Lambda digital master photographic prints on Kodak Archival Paper. 700 x 465mm each. $2500 nzd framed for the set of three.

Update! Subsequent to this post I have sold one set. There is now only one left (currently on exhibition with the touring Kermadec show but I’m happy to sell it and release when the tour is complete)

There are only two sets of this limited edition triptych left. Shot from the deck of the HMNZS Otago after leaving Raoul. By then travel on the ship felt very much like home. The long exposure captured the endless passing of the water but by now this was (or at least seemed) like a smooth rocking, as if slipping over silk.

Contact me if you are interested

Crossing in Tauranga Art Gallery

Company of Giants – now playing at Kermadec

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The Company of Giants theatre group are now playing their amazing show“Rangitahua, The stopping off place” at the Kermadec exhibition in Wellington. Weaving their way around the artworks and audience, they tell the wild story of the Kermadec Islands.

The show plays at 2pm and 7pm until Tuesday at the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Book at iticket.co.nz.

A video of the highlights from the Gisborne performance is here

More Kermadec Seaweed

 

A new set of raw shots from #projectweed studio.

Once again I am working with Pterocladiella – the only seaweed found in both the Kermadecs and Wellington.

I have taken these shots with the forthcoming Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections Exhibition in Wellington in mind. They are a slight departure from the rest of the “Weed” project because they are not shot underwater. Instead the algae is suspended in a small vial of seawater – A reference to scientific investigation of the region and the protection afforded the Kermedecs by the recently announced Kermadec Marine Sanctuary.

I love the the direct connection between the Kermadecs and Wellington it creates, as well as the reframing of seaweed into a fresh context.

The Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections Exhibition and science symposium will be at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery in Wellington in April.

More on the Kermadec Project >

More on #Projectweed >

Company of Giants at Kermadec

Highlights of theatre group Company of Giants performing at the Kermadec Exhibition in Tairāwhiti Museum in Gisborne in November.

They have created a powerful piece that responds to the works and tells the history of Raoul Island. Very talented people – very moving. I am happy to say they will be performing at the new Kermadec Exhibition in Wellington in April.

Below are some stills from the performance:

Dancer at Tjibaou

I just received this great photo of the Kermadec Exhibition at the Tjibaou Centre in New Caledonia. In May last year a group performed a contemporary dance in response to the works including my video installation “Surface Tension” .

You can see the “Surface Tension” video in my earlier post.

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©ADCK-Centre culturel Tjibaou, photogr. Eric Dell’Erba

 

Surface Tension – video installation

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A new work that has just been installed in the Kermadec Exhibition at the Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

It is titled “Surface Tension” and represents the tussle between the ‘opposing currents’ of PEW/artists and the NZ Government as they meet at the line in the ocean that is the Kermadecs. The calls of the various proponents for and against can be heard over the unerring rhythmic beat of the ocean. At one stage the debate escalates and the waters redden but the ocean roars back and returns bluer than ever. It is deliberately left inconclusive.

The soundtrack is actually constructed from recordings I made when we were “hands to bathe” (swimming) on the Tropic of Capricorn – slowed down, layered and played backwards in an attempt to represent an inverted take on the moment (i.e. when viewed from below). The video was shot using my home-made lens.

Here is a sneak preview:

 

 

Kermadec exhibition opens in Noumea

The latest iteration of the Kermadec exhibition has just opened in the Renzo Piano designed Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

It features a selection of works from the exhibition that went to the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago Chile last year plus a handful of new works including a new large video installation by me (you can just see it at the top of the steps)

Here are a few snaps from Bronwen Golder:

Read more about the kermadec exhibition here

Lily was a nice girl

A preview of works from a new series I am working on. Taken with my homemade lens using old glass from my grandfathers camera. I am working toward an exhibition of these as very large prints but I will do a smaller edition of each as well. Watch this space.

Anyone interested in pre-sales should contact me.


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Los Perros Dormidos @ Deluxe

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Los Perros Dormidos #1 (the sleeping dogs)  Chile 2013

Two of the over estimated 200,00 dogs living on the streets of Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile. I have just hung a new large print (2060 x 512mm) in Deluxe, Wellington.

This week only.

$700 NZD Unframed – Edition of 2

Other photos and info about the street dogs on my earlier post

Another good cause

Stranded

 

This is my youngest child’s final year at Seatoun School so I thought we would go out with a bang by donating a huge print to the School Gala Auction this year.

It is “Stranded” from last years exhibition at Cecil Veda Gallery. Taken in Monaco Nelson it is one of an edition of two giclée prints on rag. 1355 x 904mm

It’s normal price is $2400 unframed – these big prints look great just hung with clips on the wall (se below) but obviously can be framed too.

The Gala is this Sunday 23 March 11am-3pm at Seaoun School, 59 Burnham Street, Seatoun, Wellington.

Stranded hung at Cecil Veda