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 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.
First show of the year, and Theo managed to drag himself back from a holiday and put together a cool show! The first half concentrates on the life and work of the English novelist, art critic and painter, John Berger (5 November 1926 – 2 January 2017). In the second half he talks to the Wellington bound Li Ming Hu, who is bound for Wellington. She is one of the Riff Raff duo, who are resident artists at Enjoy Gallery over this summer period.
This week we discussed Anne McCahon's life and art. An exhibition of McCahon's work, called "A table of One's Own", is on at Te Uru Waitakere now. The curator Linda Tyler was on the show, and we mulled over the array of paintings, childrens book illustrations, stage sets, pottery and fashion that McCahon produced, and that is on display in Titirangi.
Remember remember the fourth of December, because that day we had a fun-as show. Hannah Valentine joined us for the first half, a discussed her sculptural practice, that is open to interaction from the audience. You can find Valentine's "Grips, slips, of space, a memory" at Te Tuhi Gallery in Pakuranga. Described as a feminist primal-rock-band-slash-art-collective, our next guests Fantasing were in town on a residency at Audio Foundation. We enjoyed the chance to break down the group dynamics, and heard some of the diverse influences that seep into their tunes (think 70s country, bacon, Greek prog-rock, NZ's regional mounds, friendship).
This week we heard from Louise Menzies, one of the artists participating in the Artspace show Potentially Yours: The Coming Community. Her work draws on the Alternative Press Collection at the University of Connecticut, and highlights particular visual moments from a history of feminist print. We also replay Ahilapalapa Rand's broadcast from on-board the Pacific Panther's protest against last weeks international naval activity on the Waitemata.
We had Dan Nash in the studio talking about his work, QWHATDOESABORDERCOLLEYEATALUCKILYFINEPOWDER, at RM gallery. We hear some of the soundtrack from an earlier work shown at North Projects, and talk gaming, dogs, and listen to some beach boys. Theo talks to Jem Noble about his show Dream Dialects, on now at Te Tuhi in Pakuranga.
Edith Amituanai came into the studio to talk about her latest exhibition; a series of photographs displayed on billboards and bus shelters in Henderson and Avondale. The opening involved a train journey from Henderson to All Goods Gallery in Avondale, with musicians playing in the carriage. We also talked to Rose Theunissen about her abstracted landsacpe paintings on display at North Art Gallery, in Northcote