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Kermadecs exhibition closes

After five years, 20 venues around New Zealand and the Pacific and the generation of a huge body of work the Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition has closed for the last time.

It is no exaggeration to say it has been a life changing experience.

Of course the opportunity to go to such a remote and pristine place was outstanding. Thanks to the NZ Navy for that (and huge up for you work with the earthquake this week too!)

I have meet, worked with and become good friends with some of the top artists, environmentalists and scientists in the country. It has pushed me to new creative heights and opened doors for future projects. We have been interviewed, delivered talks and worked with school groups.

Of course the most significant achievement of the project was to assist in getting the Kermadec region in the public and government spotlight. We are now so close with the Kermadec / Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary under debate at the moment. We can only hope that common sense prevails and that the truely global issues we face eclipse short term selfish thinking of some and we can hold our heads high knowing that we are taking action for future generations. We need to proudly bear the weight of Kaitiakitanga.

On Sunday a good proportion of the artists got together along with Pātaka Director Reuben Friend and Marama Fox MP at Aratoi in Masterton to discuss the work and Sanctuary before formally closing the exhibition. Photos Bob Zuur.

Thanks to all the organisations that made it possible: PEW, NZ Navy, all the galleries, Insight Creative and Massey University, College of Creative Arts to name a few.

The biggest thanks possible to my fellow artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds, Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White) and the powerhouse Pew team of Amelia Connell and the unstoppable Bronwyn Golder.

Thank you for your friendship and the collective experience.

“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

Kermadec exhibition opens in Wgtn today

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In celebration of the government’s announced intention to create the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary (only the 4th biggest in the world!) the Kermadec artists have put together a ‘final’ exhibition here in Wellington.

Hosted by Pataka, the show is on at the Academy Gallery on Queens Wharf from today

All the original artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and me of course) are represented, most with new works. I have new photographic works and a video instillation.

I would also highly recommend coming to one of the shows put on the the theatre group Company of Giants, who will be performing Rangitahua from the 15th until the 19th (2pm and 7pm). Book at iticket.co.nz. It is a great show that weaves it’s way among the audience and exhibition telling the story of the Kermadecs.

More on the Kermedac project

Kermadec opens in Whangarei

Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has just opened in the rather lovely Whangarei Art Museum. Bruce Foster, Robin White, Phil Dadson, Greg O’Brien and I went up for the opening and floortalks and it has to be said that the staff there have done a fantasitc job – the show looks great.

As part of the opening Greg read some of his peoms from his new book “Whale Years” accompanied by Phil playing a rather interesting instument named “Richard” and I was lucky enough to capture it on video.

The show is there 5 July – 28 August

kermadec whale years from Jason O’Hara on Vimeo.

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

NZSO Morning Mood Video

 

An Insight Creative project. This video is part of a wider interactive project for the NZ Symphony Orchestra and Insight. I was responsible for concept, art direction and all the post production as well as shooting it along with Bruce Foster and David Bedggood.

It was a real honour working with the NZSO as the rehearsed for the upcoming tour – they allowed us to get incredibly close onstage with a total of 17 cameras for 4 separate takes over 2 days. Needless to say post production was a mish!

New Kermadec works

Ocean eats man‘Ocean eats man’. Bruce Foster dives into the deep blue from the helipad of the HMNZS Otago. Tropic of Capricorn. 2011

The Kermadec: Hands to Bathe Exhibition features a good proportion of previously unseen works by all the artists including these ‘documentary’ shots of mine.

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‘Don’t keep John waiting Mr Key’. John Reynolds on the deck of the HMNZS Otago, Kermadecs, 2011

If by your art‘If by your art you have raised this dreadful storm, have pity on their sad distress’, HMNZS Otago, Kermadecs, 2011

Also new but not on show in Devonport are these diptychs:

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‘A fish called fender’ HMNZS Otago 2011

On a Line‘On a line’, HMNZS Otago 2011

 

See more Kermadec works on the exhibition website

Kermadec workshops

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Dame Robin White painting mural as part of school program. Devonport 2013

As part of the Kermadec: Hands to Bathe exhibition we (Robin White, Greg O’Brien, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Elizabeth Thomson and I) helped the Navy Museum to run workshops for local schools. We talked the kids through the show and worked with them as they created their own art and collectively created a mural for the museum. Great fun and a great opportunity for me to photograph the other artists at work (see photo of Robin above).

Kermadec at the Sargent

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Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!

The show is on 9 November 2013 – 2 March 2014

Tron-a-decs

Yeap it is the big time! The Kermadec “Lines in the ocean” Exhibition is now in Hamilton at the Waikato Museum. 25 July until 20 October 2013.

Here is a couple a shots from the opening – it is always a good sign when there is dancing at an exhibition opening!

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Full screen Kermadec web-o-net goodness!

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Fresh on the inter-webo-net. The brand new official Kermadec exhibition website in all its full screen image goodness. Plenty to look at, read, video’s, artist bios … you name it. Pretty much the Kermadec Book online + more . Features work by all the Kermadec artists: (Phil Dadson,Bruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White) Darn fine!

www.kermadecexhibition.com

More on the Kermadec Project

Next stop – Santiago Chile

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The sad news is that the Kermadec Exhibition currently showing in Wellington’s City Gallery is in it’s final week and closes on the 8th.

The fantastic news is that it will be carefully packed away and shipped to Santiago Chile where is will open in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum. It will be open there from 15 MARCH until 19 MAY 2013.

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is one of the major museums of the city, focusing on modern and contemporary art. It is operated by the University of Chile Art Department.

Lines in the Ocean in Hastings

Wakey, Wakey, Wakey Hastings! The Kermadec “Lines in the Ocean” exhibition has opened in Hastings City Art Gallery. The show runs 26 January 2013 – 28 April 2013.

Photos from the opening night at HCAG