Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu/Kai Tahu, Samoan, Ngāti Kuri ki Ngāi Tahu) is a multi-media artist who works across a wide range of media including moving image, performance, painting, sculpture and installation. The discipline of drawing always lies at the foundation of her practice and for Light my fire at Ramp Gallery, Lonnie has created a new series of drawings on paper.
Light my fire explores the body and the politics of smoking – an activity that has shifted through the decades from the glamorous film stars of the past to the socially and politically charged campaigns of packaging warnings and rising taxes. Lonnie’s expressive drawings give a nostalgic nod to that past and continue her longstanding enquires of the body, with a focus on exploring gender and cultural identities.
Linda Tyler (Director of the Centre for Art Studies at the University of Auckland) has written an essay to accompany this exhibition. Linda has a close association with Lonnie Hutchinson's career and organised the touring exhibition of Lonnie's work "Blackbird" in 2015.
Download Exhibition Essay by Linda Tyler
Read the review of "Light my fire" on Eyecontact by Peter Dornauf
Light my fire opens at 5:30pm on Monday 8 August in parallel with the close of Day One of Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Art & Design at Wintec. Lonnie will also be giving a public lecture as part of Spark Festival on Mon 8 Aug at 1:30pm (Wintec Hub, Events Room 1) and holding a masterclass workshop on Tue 9 Aug, 12-1pm. These events are free but you need to register. Visit Spark Festival Website to Register.
Lonnie Hutchinson has an extensive exhibiting career both nationally and internationally and has been awarded a number of international residencies as well as numerous public commissions. Last year Lonnie was awarded the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Contemporary Artist Award. Her work also belongs in a number of international private and public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery and National Gallery of Australia, New Zealand High Commission, Washington, and David Teplitsky Collection, Hong Kong.
Ramp Gallery Lonnie Hutchinson / Light my fire 8 Aug – 31 Aug, 2016
Opening preview: Mon 8 Aug, 5:30 – 7:00pm (Ramp Gallery)
Spark Festival public lecture: Mon 8 Aug, 1:30pm (Events Rm 1, The Hub, Wintec)
Artist masterclass: Tue 9 Aug, 12-1pm (registrations essential)