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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Sun 2 Apr 2017

Artbank: 26 March, 2017

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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.


Artbank: March 19, 2017

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Sun 19 Mar 2017

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.

Artbank: 12 March, 2017

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Sun 12 Mar 2017

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.

Artbank: February 5, 2017

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Sun 5 Mar 2017

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!

Artbank: February 26, 2017

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Sun 26 Feb 2017

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.