• North & South: Profile on Ben Pearce

    September 24, 2018

    Look up at the ceiling of sculptor Ben Pearce’s studio and you’ll see a cluster of tiny marks, made by fine steel blades sent flying from his old scroll saw. “I know it’s time to stop when the blade breaks off and hits the ceiling,”......

  • Jessica Douglas: Harry Culy, ‘Event Horizon’

    September 24, 2018

    Essay by Jessica Douglas on Harry Culy, Event Horizon    The subject of Harry Culy’s works is an apparent contradiction. On the one hand, the sea and infinite horizon is calming. No matter what happens today or tomorrow, or even years from now, the sea......

  • Emma Fitts wins Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award

    September 6, 2018

    Congratulations to Emma Fitts, who has won the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award for her work, Unknown Cloak (2018). Fitts receives a ten-week residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA. Judges comment: “There was consensus from the selection panel that Emma Fitts......

  • Photoforum: Review of Chris Corson-Scott, ‘Evanescent Monuments’

    July 14, 2018

    One doesn’t have to look farther than Instagram or Pinterest to know that deserted or decayed buildings are hugely popular photographic genres. The observation is not intended to undermine the impact of Corson-Scott’s works, large-scale and beautifully coloured, but to remind us of our willingness......

  • Jessica Douglas: Grace Wright, ‘Twisted Logic’

    July 5, 2018

     I want to make visible something that isn’t tangible: A fleeting moment, a feeling, the click in your mind when everything makes sense… I’m trying to visualise a kind of connectivity to the pulsating rhythms of nature, cycles, seasons… – Grace Wright   Grace Wright is......

  • Danae Valenza: Matt Arbuckle, ‘Low Cloud’

    April 24, 2018

     ‘people talk or think about the ‘cloud’ they imagine effortlessly through the skies lying deep beneath the oceans. searching for the ‘cloud’ look on the seabed in the sky Today stretch to the moon and back quietly become a single day’   In a forest,......

  • Uno: Interview with Grace Wright

    April 24, 2018

    How did you start out as an artist?   I grew up in Tauranga, so when I finished Elam in 2014 I moved back home for a year to have time to develop the ideas I had generated during my BFA at Elam School of Fine......

  • Urbis: Maria Moyer, Traces of Presence

    April 24, 2018

    Urbis: You were born and grew up in Los Angeles. Is this where you discovered your passion for art?   Maria Moyer (MM): California is certainly where I learned to see. I excelled in art and science classes and learned that there were many ways of......

  • Viva: Maria Moyer, ‘Thisness’

    March 23, 2018

    Viva’s Fun Things to do this Weekend: New York-based artist Maria Moyer is the first international artist to show work at Hawke’s Bay gallery Parlour Projects, bringing her organic, pastel, porcelain sculptures and a selection of paintings. Thisness draws on forms, textures and processes from......

  • Homestyle: Q&A with Grace Wright

    March 22, 2018

    Lately, artist Grace Wright has been interested in painting as kind of a spiritual experience, and her large-scale works certainly do urge you to expand your mind. They’re a continuation of an ever-developing style that began to emerge in her fourth year at Elam School of......

  • Art News New Zealand: Meditation on Living

    March 2, 2018

    Ben Pearce lives elsewhere. The artist is based in Napier, Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island; but in truth he inhabits a slightly different, distinctly more magical realm. Pearce is fascinated by that miraculous divide that exists within us all — between our interior and......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Respected Painter Displays Works

    September 18, 2017

    Toi Moko theme explores history and spirituality.   SHANE COTTON: New Heads is a significant development for the region and Parlour Projects as it brings this respected New Zealand artist and his works into our arts community for a month, opening September 25.   It marks......

  • The Pantograph Punch: A Review of ‘Properties of Peace and Evil’

    September 15, 2017

    “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” reads the slogan of the totalitarian Party in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), a book which I was reading during my stay in Hawke’s Bay last weekend. While in......

  • The Heavy Collective: Friday Fry Up With Meg Porteous

    July 21, 2017

    In 2016 Meg Porteous was selected as one of ten artists internationally to attend the Shiro Ono Artist Residency in Japan. The works in Departure Melody, produced during this time, continue the artist’s exploration into daily life and contemporary culture. An interest in Tokyo’s train......

  • Vice: This Photographer Captures the Quiet Oddness of Everyday

    July 20, 2017

    Beautiful photos of the ordinary and strange.   New Zealand photographer Meg Porteous’s gentle, offbeat images take ordinary scenes and bring them sharply into focus, elevating the everyday. Her latest work, which she’s exhibiting as ‘Departure Melody,’ was created during an artist residency in Japan.......

  • Hawke’s Bay Today: Alternative Account of History

    July 20, 2017

    Last October Parlour Projects in Hastings presented Omarunui by Jono Rotman. That exhibition was of mainly historic photographs and focused on the main protagonists involved in the Battle of Omarunui near Napier. In Properties of Peace and Evil, Brett Graham responds to Jono Rotman’s show. Graham looks......

  • Art News New Zealand: Viewing Process and Practice

    June 27, 2017

    Parlour Projects in Hawke’s Bay has recently established its first artist-in-residency programme and selected Auckland artist Grace Wright as the inaugural recipient. The programme, which will be an annual event, is about bringing an artist to Hawke’s Bay for research and development of a new work......

  • The Denizen: Grace Wrights’ artist-in-residence exhibition opens soon at Parlour Projects

    June 1, 2017

    Colour is a key element of Grace Wright’s work. The young painter graduated from Elam with honours in 2014 and has since held multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, gaining a remarkable reputation in the process. Her style is loose yet controlled, with......

  • Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Acquire Jono Rotman’s ‘Omarunui’ Works

    April 20, 2017

    An historically and culturally significant series of art works is soon to be acquired by the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust (HBMT), for display at MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum.   Richard Grant – chairman of the HBMT– says that the Ōmarunui photographic series by prominent New Zealand artist Jono Rotman is the most......

  • Five Minutes with Lisa Reihana

    April 5, 2017

    We had the pleasure of spending five minutes with Lisa Reihana as she prepares for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Biennale Arte 2017 (The Venice Biennale) is the oldest, largest and most prestigious international contemporary art exhibition in the world, involving......