Please join us for the final venue closing ceremony for Kermadec : Lines in the Ocean
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
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.
The 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
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
“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.
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.
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.
Yesterday we hung my latest works in the Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections exhibition which opens in Wellington this weekend.
Seismic 1&2 are large scale photographic prints onto Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). It’s the first time I have used this technique and Imagelab has done a great job of printing them.
As with previous explorations recently, they are inspired by a map I was given by The Pew Charitable Trust showing the migratory routes of whales through the Kermadec region and the geography created by the collision between the Pacific and Australian Plates.
I imaged what mapping millions of years of migrations and geologic activity might look like and experimented extreme close up shots of bubbles moving through water taken with a long shutter speed to create the appearance of intertwined fibres. To create twisting paths and add drama and depth to the compositions I pushed the bubbles with mirrors.
I tested printing onto raw aluminium, which added a nice sheen but at the expense of image detail, so went with a matte white ACM for the final prints.
Nothing beats seeing the detail of a large print in real life so make sure to come to the show in Wellington if you can!
Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections is on 9 – 20 April at the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington. In partnership with Pataka. It features works by Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and I.
I will post photos of the works in situ after the exhibition opens.
My explorations into photographing bubbles moving through water continue. This time introducing a mirror and other objects into the composition to disrupt the bubble trails and dramatically increase the graphic composition.
These are very high resolution images with beautiful detail when seen large. This week I will be exploring printing these very large onto aluminium sheets.
Another new Kermadec inspired work has evolved out of my investigations into photographing streams of bubbles moving through various liquids. Originally I was inspired by whale migration tracks but as played with rippling the water I realised I was making seismic waves and the idea built from there. The Kermadec region is the home to over 50 submarine volcanos.
Click on the image above to enlarge. As you can see from the detail below there is some lovely detail when you look close. Will make a fantastic large print.
A new Kermadec work from the original voyage to Raoul Island. This is a montage of two photos taken on Raoul as we tramped across to Denham Bay. The post-cyclone bush was dominated by giant tattered Nikau Palms and the force of the storm is very apparent in the image on the left. Walking through this space, around the edge of the volcano’s crater, the island felt wounded, dark and brooding.
In contrast, the right-hand image shows a relatively undamaged spot in Denham Bay itself. However, is actually a mass grave site where some Tokelauan slaves were buried. On 15 March 1863 the blackbirding ship, Rosa y Carmen dumped a hundred of its slave ‘cargo’ on Raoul after dysentery broke out onboard ship. They were left to die.
The title of the work is a quote from Caliban, the island monster in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Raoul truly is full of many voices calling from the past.
Moving away from the pastiche of “classic still life”, I have been exploring shooting the Kermadec seaweed, Pterocladiella in streams of bubbles from my previous experiments for the new whale migration inspired series. Mixed results.
I also tried a very “straight” shot on with the seaweed in a tiny specimen bottle on white. Another reference to the protection offered the Kermadecs with the announcement of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.
Inspired by a map showing the migratory paths of whales and various other marine species passing through the Kermadec region I have been experimenting creating images with long exposures of bubbles in a tank. Still in development but I am looking to print these huge and plan to explore carving the map and key data into the frame of the finished work.
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.
Some more raw shots. The macro lens reveals hidden beauty of Caulera geminata, a close relation of seaweed from the Kermadecs. Each ball is only 2mm across.