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In the Studio with Grace Wright

As a female painter, I’m interested in the concept of physical labour and the body in painting so it was important my studio feel industrial and workshop-like. I’m interested in creating works that have bold gestures and real strength in the marks so hopefully this...

Antony Byrt: Essay on Shane Cotton, ‘Strange Matter’

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 holes have...

ArtZone: Boom of the Bloom

Floral fashion, in clothing and furnishings, has had a recent resurgence. But while fashion comes and goes, the use of floral elements in art never seems to go out of style. Francesca Emms looks at flowers as an enduring part of our artistic repertoire.   Floral art...

Ceramics New Zealand: New York to Hastings

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 the Studio with Billie Culy

I am currently working in a studio space in a disused industrial building kindly made available to me by Parlour Projects. I use the whole second floor, which has incredible light that pours through the large divided light steel windows. ...

North & South: Profile on Ben Pearce

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’

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 and steady...

Emma Fitts wins Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award

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. Of her work, the judges stated, “There was consensus from the selection panel that...

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

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’

 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...