Events worth noting around the country
Words: Ann Warnock
Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker
To 28 September, ArtBox CPIT – corner Madras & St Asaph Streets, Christchurch
Morphing pencil sculptures, stretchy paint skins, gravity-defying stacks and videos of exploding paint balloons are amongst the quirky works in a show which seeks to explore the shape-shifting, experimental and seriously playful mission of making art. Artists including Rebecca Baumann, Mark Braunias, Jill Kennedy, Judy Darragh and Miranda Parkes demonstrate the excitement of transforming ordinary artefacts in unexpected ways. Phone
(03) 941 7300, christchurchartgallery.org.nz
Ongoing, Park Terrace, east of Hagley Park, Christchurch
Street lamps from Belgrade in Serbia, Kurashiki in Japan, Sydney, Adelaide and Dusseldorf have been installed on Park Terrace in the first stage of an art installation by German artist Mischa Kuball which focuses on the act of giving and the positive symbolism of light. Over the next three years a total of 21 street lights, each gifted by a different country, will be added to the installation in a gesture of global solidarity as Christchurch recovers and rebuilds post-quake.
Dr Felkin and the Forerunners: visions of utopia, 1900-1930
16 May to 2 November, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier
British-born Dr Robert William Felkin, medicine man, missionary and personal physician to the King of Uganda, was an influential leader in one of the world’s most important occult movements, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which he brought to Havelock North from England in 1912. The exhibition reveals the resonance of Dr Felkin’s spiritual practice in a small community and probes a local example of a global story about utopian movements, the invention of gurus and humanity’s hope at the dawn of the 20th century.
Phone (06) 835 7781, mtghawkesbay.com
To 28 September, Tauranga Art Gallery toi tauranga
Five minimalist, poetic, black-hued paintings by the late Ralph Hotere are teamed with contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai’s 2011 Venice Biennale centrepiece, He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river, a flaming-red, intricately carved Steinway concert grand piano. Developed by Te Papa as a tribute to Hotere and in recognition of Parekowhai’s standing in Aotearoa’s artistic landscape, it is the first time works by the two artists have been exhibited together. A programme of piano music will accompany the show.
Phone (07) 578 7933, artgallery.org.nz
William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time
6 September to 16 November, City Gallery, Wellington
A spectacular five-channel video experience probes the elusiveness of time. Combining cinematic processes and merging theatre, film, art, music and dance, the footage includes giant metronomes, bicycle wheels, the South African artist clambering over chairs and a march of shadowy figures. The viewer is encircled in an all-encompassing event. From the theories of physicists Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein to Europe’s attempts to synchronize clocks in the 19th century, Kentridge examines our attempts to measure and understand time. The installation attracted critical acclaim at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Phone (04) 801 3021, citygallery.org.nz
29 August to 20 September, Circa Theatre, Wellington
This political romp by sharp-witted playwrights Pinky Agnew and Lorae Parry provides a roller-coaster ride towards election night. “Faster than a flying tweet. Bolder than an anonymous blog. Funnier than dancing cats on YouTube. Who will be the power broker? Who will be the jobless joker? Meet the flip-floppers and the name-droppers. The backsliders and the backstabbers. The naggers, the knockers, the pleasers and the sleazes, as they hurtle towards… Destination Beehive.”
Phone (04) 801 7992, circa.co.nz
Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom
3 October to 19 December, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington
Simon Denny’s exhibition is a sculptural realization of all the items confiscated in the raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion in January 2012. Conceived especially for the spaces of Victoria University’s art gallery, it includes real and simulated versions of everything from $175 million in US dollars to his Sea-Doo jet ski, Harley Davidson motorbike, domain names, computer equipment, motorcars and artworks. This is Denny’s first solo exhibition in a public art gallery in New Zealand. The Berlin-based artist will represent Aotearoa at the next Venice Biennale in 2015.
Phone (04) 463 5229, adamartgallery.org.nz
Te Manu Ahi – The Firebird
22 October, Aotea Centre, Auckland
A contemporary Maori fairy tale, two Kiwi choreographers, 150 young dancers, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and the full force of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra equal an enthralling event. Te Manu Ahi is the fourth Auckland Dance Project, an APO initiative which seeks to immerse school-aged students in the performing arts. Friends Matatu and Hine Ariki, who are turehu or fairy people, encounter mythical forces and creatures, including the firebird, as they attempt to escape the cloud kingdom. The production is choreographed by Moss Patterson and Gaby Thomas of Atamira Dance Company.
Phone (09) 623 1052, apo.co.nz
Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye
To 23 November, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
Described as potent, uncanny, beautiful and strange, a selection of more than 50 photographs by New Zealand artist Peter Peryer covers four decades of work and showcases his ability to depict the mystery inherent in objects and scenes taken for granted in the whirl of daily life. Peryer has a long connection with The Dowse Art Museum – his first-ever solo exhibition was staged there in 1977. A Careful Eye draws links between Peryer’s current and earlier practices and is anchored by Hunua (1975), a significant work in his inaugural Dowse showing.
Phone (04) 570 6500, dowse.org.nz
16 to 25 October, Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, South Auckland
The plot: Noah McFarlane is a successful young television music host. He’s also afakasi or half-caste. After 10 years without contact he visits his dying father Man’ua where he sees a photograph of his half-brother and sister whom he knew existed but has never met. Ignoring the advice of his mother and grandmother, he delves into his unexplored Samoan heritage with explosive and emotionally gripping consequences. The background: this is the first semi-autobiographical play by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Victor Rodger who is of Samoan heritage.
Phone (09) 309 0390, atc.co.nz
Nelson Arts Festival 2014
16 to 27 October, Founders Heritage Park, Theatre Royal, The Suter Theatre, Neudorf Vineyards, Woollaston Estates and other venues
Nelson enters party mode as it celebrates its 20th festival with a line-up of more than 140 international and local artistic acts comprising theatre, music, dance, comedy, readers-and-writers talks and its famous masked parade through central-city streets. Highlights include Tim Finn’s new work White Cloud, a fusion of storytelling and music, Australian contemporary circus troupe Circa’s dazzling new piece Beyond, Auckland’s 10-piece big band Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes and the comic and harmoniously hued Modern Maori Quartet.
Phone (03) 545 8734, nelsonartsfestival.co.nz
11 October to 8 February, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Following a sell-out season at London’s Hayward Gallery on the South Bank, Auckland Art Gallery delivers this country’s inaugural presentation of international light-based art. Staged over two floors in the gallery, the multi-sensory show offering “a visual and bodily experience” includes illuminated installations and sculptures and cutting-edge lighting technologies traversing five decades from the 1960s to the present. Light Show features celebrated artists from across the globe, including London-based New Zealander Bill Culbert.
Phone (09) 379 1349, aucklandartgallery.com
Liyen Chong: Dreams Circles Moons Fictions (and fragments found on the forest floor of disquietude)
27 September to 16 November, Sarjeant on the Quay, 38 Taupo Quay, Whanganui
Embroideries made from human hair, ceramic bowls with photographic transfers, hand-painted photographic prints, light boxes and gold-leaf works on paper are diverse elements in a show by former Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence in Whanganui Liyen Chong. Of Malaysian-Chinese descent, she explores her culture through Eastern and Western art. The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua has recently moved to new premises in an historic hub near the river while the gallery site undergoes major redevelopment.
Phone (06) 349 0506, sarjeant.org.nz
The Gisborne Wine and Food Festival
25 to 26 October, Awapuni Stadium
The bounty of the region is served up in a food and wine Mecca opposite the central city’s Midway Beach. Day one sees 15 wineries within a 20-kilometre radius of the city hosting cellar-door visits. On day two the action focuses on Awapuni Stadium where local Gisborne eateries team up with the region’s wineries to deliver wine and food matches in a boutique marketplace. East Coast artisan food makers are also to the fore and the menu includes locally grown beef, lamb, kaimoana, olive oils, cheeses and fresh produce. Live locally made music adds ambience.
Phone (06) 867 7444, gisbornewineandfoodfestival.co.nz
Edwards +Johann: Rebels, Knights & Other Tomorrows
To 2 November, 209 Tuam Street, Christchurch
A series of large-scale photographic sequences with sculptural elements featuring elaborately costumed knights and brightly back-lit rocks brings off-the-wall intrigue to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu’s Outer Spaces programme. The playful installation is the work of Christchurch-based duo Victoria Edwards and Ina Johann who have taken turns to model the knights’ black, textural costumes in a form of creative role play during the photographic phase of the project.
Peter Madden – Coming from all the places you’ve never been
To 30 November, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua City
Visual recycling is the nub of New Zealand artist Peter Madden’s practice and a significant show surveying a decade of work reveals his ability to convert imagery retrieved from magazines, books and encyclopaedias into intricate collages and free-standing sculptures that resonate with complex ideas and stories. The exhibition of 30 works includes birds, roses, orchids, spiders and tropical fish sprouting from chairs, skulls and animal heads, and clusters of butterflies clinging to walls, books and chairs.
Phone (04) 237 1511, pataka.org.nz
Milan Mrkusich: Chromatic Investigations and Paintings for the 90s
24 October to 31 January, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton
An exhibition of three major series of works from the 1990s is housed in a reconstructed gallery space designed for the installation. The works represent the development of Mrkusich’s architectural and design practice and his experimentation with colour and spatial articulation. It is the first time the combination of works has been exhibited publicly. Influenced by the German-based Bauhaus art movement, Dargaville-born Mrkusich is saluted as a pioneer of abstract art in New Zealand.
Phone (06) 370 0001, aratoi.org.nz
Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition
5 to 9 November, Round Pond Garden, Hastings
Diverse works by more than 70 big-name, emerging and student sculptors are showcased in a four-hectare Mediterranean-style garden with a centrepiece of poppies and wildflowers. The line-up includes Hawke’s Bay favourites David Trubridge, Ricks Terstappen, Linda Bruce, Ben Pearce and William Jameson plus those from further afield including Rebecca Rose, James Wright, Jeff Thomson, Katie Brown, Michele Bryant and Sean Crawford. A must-do on the nation’s arts calendar, the five-day event includes guided walks and talks, an artists’ panel discussion and a twilight sculpture evening featuring local wineries, food trucks and music.
Phone (06) 879 8735, wildflowersculptureexhibition.co.nz
The Christmas Country Fête
Thursday 30 October, “Wynyard” Culverden
North Canterbury’s legendary fête, staged in a picturesque countrysetting, is set to pull in thecrowds from around the country. Billed as New Zealand’s biggest and most popular fête the long running event boasts over 200 classy stalls showcasing New Zealand-made art, furniture, jewellery, fashion, gardening wares and body care ranges. Fresh locally grown food and wine is a fête day focus and this year celebrity television chef Michael Van de Elzen takes centre stage in the demonstration marquee rolling out healthy food in a flash with a cost effective price tag. Live musicadds to the warm country hospitality.
Phone (03) 315 8633, thefete.co.nz