This is a simple show about shows and showing, showcasing art created since the beginning of the millennium by a range of artists in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are photographs, paintings and sculptures, small and big, pictures of and things that just are. Some of them look like they are trying to please, seduce, amuse, annoy, disturb or wow the viewer, or refer to those kinds of images. Others sit there quietly – take them or leave them. You can handle some of the works and move them around. For while artworks can produce powerful feelings or spiritual experiences, they are also things in the world, innocent and odd.
“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing: you wouldn't be an artist if you didn't want to share an experience, a thought.” – David Hockney
Show is curated by Ed Hanfling. Featured artists include D.B.G. Goodwin, Megan Hansen-Knarhoi, Ngahuia Harrison, Kenneth Merrick, Chelsea Pascoe, Toby Raine, Geoffrey Short, Rebecca Wallis, Lorraine Webb.
Exhibition Text Download
18 - 29 Jul, 2016
Lunch and discussion with curator / Wed 20 July, 12 - 1pm
Ed Hanfling graduated with a doctorate in Art History from the University of Auckland in 2005. He has taught at the University of Auckland, AUT, Whanganui Polytechnic’s Quay School of the Arts and the University of Waikato, and has worked at Wintec since 2010. Ed teaches theory and history of art and design in the School of Media Arts, Wintec. He supervises postgraduate research including Master’s dissertations and curatorial projects. His teaching and supervision is informed by experience working as an art historian, critic and curator.
image credit: Rebecca Wallis, tinysmearandflick (2015)