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‘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,...
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...
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...
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...
Contemporary gallery Parlour Projects in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, has just held Maria Moyer’s first New Zealand exhibition. The contemporary ceramicist usually finds herself exhibiting in Manhattan, New York, not Hastings, New Zealand. Her sculptural work explores the tension of opposites — forms found in industry...
In January 2016, Stephen Hawking, Malcolm Perry and Andrew Strominger published a paper that claimed they had found a partial solution to the Black Hole Information Paradox.   The paradox itself had been caused by Hawking’s breakthroughs in the 1970s. Hawking had shown that black...
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...
“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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Curator Sophie Wallace returned home from her time at Pace Gallery in New York to open Hastings’ newest gallery, Parlour Projects. Urbis caught up with Wallace to chat about her endeavours and the region’s cultural vibrancy.   Sammy-Rose Scapens: What is Parlour Projects and why...
Parlour Projects has selected Grace Wright as the recipient of it inaugural artist-in-residency programme. The programme seeks to bring an important artist to Hawke’s Bay each year to research and develop new work that responds to the environment and landscape of the region, whilst enabling...
Amber Wilson: A temporary outsideness By Lucinda Bennett   When I visit her studio, Amber Wilson gestures towards the couch, a low-slung creature with scratchy brown ’70s upholstery. She describes the way the sunlight streaming into the room moves across its surface throughout the day,...