Artbank is a weekly arts magazine show run as a collective by artists and writers active in the Auckland arts community and beyond. We are independent of any art institutions, galleries or funding bodies. We therefore aim to provide a unique and engaged perspective with a view to proving our audience access to a few of the multiple voices of the arts communities in Aotearoa.
This week Nadine spoke to Yuki Kihara about her work Der Papalagi (The White Man) at ST Paul St Gallery 3, and Rachel spoke to Yona Lee about her work In Transit (Arrival) at Te Tuhi Gallery. Ayesha Green called us from WOMAD and gave us the down low on the art happenings at the festival.
Indira Neville and Chris Cudby, two of the curators of the new Sonic Comic project, talked to Theo in studio. Sonic Comic is a collection of works that are both comics and sounds; a publication, playlist and exhibition; a celebration of musicians who make comics and comic artists who make music.
Then we did an on-air, tag-team swap and Thomas Newman Pound and Artbank Tom proceeded to talk about Without Words; A Year Out Walking - Pounds new installation at Gus Fisher Gallery. Pounds has been wandering the building sites, old railway lines, and streets of Auckland, collecting and concocting sculptural pieces from them.
Rachel whips in at the last, with a tune from Ages Powerflip, an experimental musician playing a bFM breakfast club this week.
Ronan Lee is in the studio to talk about his work in the new space, Mokopōpaki.We are introduced to the pioneering sounds of Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire, and the sonic sculptures of Harry Bertoia. Plus a round-up of the latest shows!
Anne Shelton's show Dark Matter is currently on at the Auckland Art Gallery. The show includes a diverse selection of works, in which the artist and the viewer enter into a space for revisiting, and reconsidering. Subject matter includes the dynamic characters of K Rd in the 90's, the abandoned Lake Alice Hospital and the grown trees once given as saplings to medal winners it the 1936 Berlin Olympics. But before this far reaching artistic career, Ann Shelton began working as a photojournalist. We talked to her about the transition into art photography, and her subsequent work.
Charlotte Graham (Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Tamaoho, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Paoa) presents her show Waikawa at Corbyn Estate Arts Centre. Included is a film of a fish, made of gelatine and full of rubbish, slowly disintegrating in a pool of sea water. It provides a visual and sonic commentary to the environmental breakdown in the waters of Tikapa/the Firth of Thames.
Also on the show is a rundown of shows opening in AKL, and plenty of good grooves.
Sriwhana Spong is an artist seemingly at home on the road, so it was a great privilege that she pulled into the studio while in Aotearoa, and talked at length on artbank. This podcast file skips the intro, so, here is a quick one now… Sriwhana Spong spans disciplines as she weaves her interest in film, memory, ballet, mythology, her Balinese and New Zealand roots, language and the sublime. The paintings, films, banners and choreography that leap out from this mix can often be zingy and humourous, but are also slow-burning, cutting, heartfelt and considered investigations. It is the kind of work which one wants to know the stories that have fueled their creation. In this interview Spong discusses recent stints in Pittsburgh and Rotterdam, her work in the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf, and her current show at Michael Lett Gallery.
This week we heard from Jeremy Cosmo Potts, about his first ever solo art show, which is a sort of hilarious/slightly hideous selection paintings and drawings, full of frogs, crab claws, watering cans, sex and debauchery. Then we talked to Sarah Mohawk about her show at Window Gallery, called Electronic Super Highway. Its stems from a paper titled ‘Autonomous Vehicles Need Experimental Ethics: Are We Ready for Utilitarian Cars?’ and explores the ethics involved when a self driving car is about to hit a group of people. Finally we hear from Dan Sanders about his contribution to the show titled "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, because I don’t hate you; I love you…", which is associated with the Auckland Pride Festival.
This week we talked to the photographer Sait Akkirman about his documentary photographs of Ponsonby Rd, taken between 2000 and 2016. Sait is also responsible for Arts Diary, the web project that has documented over 2400 art shows in Auckland in the last 6 years. This means Akkirman has undoubtedly seen more local art than anyone else in this time. We tried to prize out a few observations and stories from his time on the Auckland art beat.
This week we had the painter and drawer Jessica Bailey in the studio, talking about her upcoming show "Duffy's Early Jewels" at Lot 23. Her imagery and titles come from little snippets of childhood memory, of grass clippings, backyard fruit, familiar smells and family.