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Uno: Interview with Grace Wright

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 Arts, without...

Danae Valenza: Matt Arbuckle, ‘Low Cloud’

 '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, buried in dank, soft ground, tendrils of fungus stretch and swarm....

The Design Files: Auckland Art Fair’s Triumphant Return

The Auckland Art Fair saw big local and international artists like Patricia Piccinini (Aus), Jess Johnson (NZ) and Taro Shinoda (Tokyo) from established galleries sit alongside young entrepreneurial up-and-comers, all in standard-issue booths, and the combination made for a diverse and impressive spread. With more than 45...

Urbis: Maria Moyer, Traces of Presence

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 living and...

Viva: Maria Moyer, ‘Thisness’

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

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

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

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 artist’s first solo...

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

"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 Hastings...

The Heavy Collective: Friday Fry Up With Meg Porteous

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 lines...