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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.

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

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

Wakey Wakey Wakey Wellington!

Wakey Wakey WakeyThe Kermadec exhibition has finally made it to Wellington! Nothing bets a hometown crowd and what a crowd it was at the opening – absolutely packed!

We take over the entire ground floor of Wellington’s City Gallery for the next 4 months. 4 October 2012 – 10 February 2013.

This time the show is titled “Wakey, Wakey, Wakey” – a call for action to the politicians of this fair land that it is time for action. Time to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Kermadec trench (learn all about it on the Kermadec website)

The show features work of all 9 artists: Phil DadsonBruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White and me of course.

I will join some of the other Kermadec artists in a floor talk this Saturday 6th October at 2pm. Please join us – it’s free!

See my work from the show and learn more about the project in the works section of the site.

Wakey, wakey, wakey" opening 3 Oct 2012

“Wakey, wakey, wakey” Opening night 3rd October 2012

Rapa Nui, Julio 2012

This video by Bruce Foster documents the opening of the Kemadec exhibition on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in July 2012. The Kermadec islands lie at the south western corner of the Polynesian Triangle, the base of which is completed by Rapa Nui in the southeast. This connection, spanning over 6,500 kilometers, is reflected in a shared language and culture that links the ancient Polynesian voyagers who traversed the Pacific.

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey 2012 Acrylic on board 950 x 1350

I decided to hand-paint a’poster’ as a bit of a visual record of the Kermadec trip.  As well as our pseudo mascot the flying fish there is an aspect of each artist or their work intertwined with the stories of the Kermadec region and artist voyage.

The original painting and signed limited edition prints of the poster (330 x 483mm) are available – See the Kermadecs works for sale page

More about the Kermadec trip and exhibition

Exhibition opens in Tonga

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A slightly smaller scale version of the Kermadec exhibition has opened at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
Happy to report that the exhibition, the opening (attended by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Tuku’aho, the workshops, the school visits, and artist talks are all a huge hit – with fantastic attendance, feedback and coverage. And the exhibition looks fantastic too!
By the end of next week over 1,700 primary school children will have visited the exhibition. In addition some of the artists (Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule and Elizabeth Thomson and Bronwyn Golder will have visited more than a dozen schools – will send some pics of those visits shortly.
The Princess (daughter of the King), Australian High Commissioner, NZ High Commissioner, Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Tourism, the High Court Judge (a Kiwi in Tonga), school teachers, church leaders, and cultural leaders attended the Exhibition opening.

The exhibition will run from 22 May to 1 June 2012

More about the exhibition

Kermadec Speaker Series

Experience Kermadec come alive, hear the story behind the expedition and exhibition.
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
6.30pm start. $5 per person Admission

Voyage the Kermadecs  The Artists’ Journey
Thursday 29.03.12
Speakers ~ Gregory O’Brien, John Reynolds, Phil Dadson & Bronwen Golder

Amazing Diversity A unique microcosm of flora & fauna
Thursday 26.04.12
Speakers ~ TomTrinski, NIWA expedition scientist

The Kermadec Region A living legacy
Thursday 31.05.12
Speakers ~ Bronwen Golder

Experiencing the Kermadecs Documentary screening
Thursday 28.06.12
Speakers ~ Bruce Foster & Jason O’Hara

To book, please contact Leanne on (09) 373 0800 or leanne@maritimemuseum.co.nz