Artbank has got you sussed for arty stuff happening in Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond. With interviews, live performances, your weekly gallery guide and more - come get some culture in ya with Tom, Heidi, Prairie & Sam. Ka rawe!
Mercury Plaza is about to be knocked down. But not beforeone last exhibition. Joni Lee and Jia Luo are the curators. Jia talks to Tom to the historic importance of the Plaza to the Chinese community. She also discusses the artists involved, including herself and her own practice. She highlights the fact that there have hardly ever been any fully Chinese shows in Auckland.
Heidi talks to Aaron King-Cole about his drawing show "Holotype' at Depot in Devonport. Then she is on the line to Rome, talking to Areez Katki about his shos "come, remember" at Window Gallery with Ophelia King. He has also had a recent recidency in Athens.
Tom talks to Elliot O'donnell, AKA Askew One - an artist, designer best known for his years as graffiti artist and documenter. We talk about his various journeys, crews, works and collaborations from his time of it. Also on the show -music and a guide to the latest openings & art events in Auckland.
Ardit Hoxha talks about his show Solidaritet/Solidarity at RM Gallery. The exhibition talks it name from the former communist housing block in Kosovo, which Hoxha lived in as a child, just before moving to NZ. Divyaa Kumar talks about her Windo Gallery show - A Denial Is Not The Abolishment Of Fact. Her poetry, presented as large textile works, deal with intergenerational trauma and Indo-Fijian heritage. Heidi is in the studio, playing tunes and beiong awesome.
"Guy Ngan: Either Possible or Necessary" is the latest show at Artspace. Curators Remco de Blaaij and Lachlan Taylor talk to Heidi about the artist, his life, and how they curated the show. Guy Ngan 顏國 鍇 (1926 – 2017) was a second generation Chinese-New Zealander born in Wellington, who started practicing wood carving at a young age, and went on to have an extensive career as a sculptor, public artist, muralist and designer.
Auau was a recent live participatory performance by Mark Harvey. In association with the Kauri Project, his latest work involved him walking the streets of West Auckland, pulling a log made of cardboard, ending up at Corbyn Estate Arts Centre. The work raised awareness of the various plights of kauri. He was also involved in "Guy Ngan: Either Possible or Necessary" and talked about his work for that show.
It's been an existential week for Jackson on Sunday Painter, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Tune in to the last ever episode for some some final thoughts from Jackson on how to make art. (Part 3/3)