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Artbank: June 4, 2017

Artbank: June 4, 2017 Artbank: June 4, 2017, 104.13 MB
Sun 4 Jun 2017

Konichiwa Auckland, on Sunday we were on the line to Aiko Robinson in Tokyo. Robinson's practice draws inspiration from Shunga, an age-old term for Japanese erotic art. She fuses Shunga, (traditionally consumed by everyone men and women of all classes) with screen-shot compositions of western pornography (which is generally made by men, for men). The resulting works are striking, skillful and humourous mash-ups of sexual imagery. We also heard some good tunes, and especially some sonic goodness from Rachel - she introduced us to the sounds of pioneering producer Suzanne Ciani. Cheers for listening! Keep in touch :)

Artbank: May 28, 2017

Artbank: May 28, 2017 Artbank: May 28, 2017, 128.75 MB
Sun 28 May 2017

Art Bank hosted by Aimée Ralfini

Aimée + Liam + Wanda = good arty fun Aimée + Liam + Wanda = good arty fun, 113.7 MB
Sun 21 May 2017

A spendid day in Auckland city of sails, made all the more effervescent by Art Banks guest host Aimée Ralfini and her team of superstar artists; Wanda Gillespie and Liam Gerrard

Artbank: May 14, 2017.

Artbank: May 14, 2017. , 51.63 MB
Sun 14 May 2017

A packed Artbank this week. Graham Reid was in the studio talking about the effort that went into creating the Volume exhibition at the Auckland Museum. It is an immense sonic, visual and interactive display covering the history of music in Aotearoa. Theo talked with Olivia Blyth, about her show Communityity - the fifth show put on by Auckland based collective Hapori. Participants were asked to draw their sonic surroundings and Blyth has collated the collective renderings of aural happenings at Corbyn Estate Arts Centre. Finally we talked to Malcolm McAllister, an art teacher at Otahuhu College, who has been studying how art is taught in Cuba, and recently spent time in the country, meeting with teachers and practitioners there. 

Artbank: 7th May, 2017

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Sun 7 May 2017

This week Rachel speaks to Louisa Afoa about her show "A Pool is Not The Ocean", at St Paul ST Gallery Three and Nadine chats with Jeremy Leatinu'u aboput his upcoming show Earthpushers at Te tuhi Gallery in Pakuranga. 

Artbank: 30 April, 2017

Artbank: April 30, 2017. , 103.79 MB
Sun 30 Apr 2017

Ayesha Green's solo show "The Spirit of the Thing Given (Māori)" is on now at RM Gallery. She also has a show at Papakura Art Gallery opening on Saturday, and work in Artspace. We had a hearty chat about the context from which her paintings and ceramics spring - a Māori history of tourism in New Zealand, the relationship between the earth and the crown, the likes of Sherpa Tenzing's role in our national consciousness. 
We also recognise the significant role the Vito Acconci (January 24, 1940 – April 27, 2017)
played in the world of performance and installation art, and architecture. Theo gives us a bit of a run down and we hear some clips from his work.

Artbank: April 23, 2017

Artbank: April 23, 2017 Artbank: April 23, 2017, 108.5 MB
Sun 23 Apr 2017

On Sunday, Tom talked to Caitee Clarke, Maia Abraham and Hamish Peterson - the crew behind the new artist run space Ōtautahi Kōrerotia. They are about to launch an exciting programme with “Pūtahi; tributaries feeding tributaries” by artists Phoebe Hinchliff, Mikaela Marshall and Liv Worsnop.

Then we were back in Auckland, hearing from Vivienne Worn, who’s show ‘Re-reading Laurencin’ is on now at Window Gallery. Nadine and Vivienne caught up, and discussed the influence of Marie Laurencin, the French painter of the early 20th century, on Worn’s abstractions.


Artbank: April 9, 2017.

Artbank: April 9, 2017 Artbank: April 9, 2017, 108.11 MB
Sun 9 Apr 2017

Kia ora. This week we talked to two Australia-based painters. The artist Hamishi Farrah, has been in town for Artspace's latest show: Biographies of Transition: Too Busy To Think. Artbanker Theo caught up for a chat. We also heard from the New Zealand born, Sydney-based painter Euan Macleod, and talked the landscape, memory and body. Plus, sweet tunes, interesting sonic work and a list of upcoming workshops and openings. 

Artbank: April 2, 2017

Artbank: April 2, 2017 Artbank: April 2, 2017, 109.06 MB
Sun 2 Apr 2017

Artbank: 26 March, 2017

Artbank: March 26, 2017 Artbank: March 26, 2017, 109.17 MB
Sun 26 Mar 2017

Marx, Money and Heavy Metal... Cushla Donaldson's solo exhibition, curated by Ioana Gordon Smith, is on now at Te Uru Waitakere. Titled from a local tourist spot but referencing trickle-down theory, "The Fairy Falls" is a nuanced and visually arresting investigation which seeks to expose the functioning of today’s financial markets.

She suggests for working class politics, environmentalism, feminism and struggles for indigenous self-determination to work together on the Left, an element of romanticism which doesn't elicit nostalgia is needed to exceed the grid-like rigours of the rational/markets. In light of this context, we talk to works such as “Affections,” a portrait of Cliff Curtis barefoot on the red carpet, and “The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival” a documentary of the time Black Sabbath came to Aotearoa and, of course, the omnipresent grid suspended from the ceiling of the galley.

Janine Eisenaecher has been in town. The Berlin based sound artist presented “Eat Your Enemy #4 I don’t want to want” at Audio Foundation on Saturday. The monologue she presented was delivered to the beat and sounds of dripping coke bottles. It channeled John Cage’s lecture “Composition as Process“ (1958), discussing the invisible work of artists and the need for solidarity and care within a highly competitive field. She discussed her ongoing practice with Theo, and told us how Berlin has come to (re)embrace performance art.

We sound out the line between poetry and music with Rachel, as she plays some tunes PJ Harvey’s “The Wind” and a more recent Laura Marling number.