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  • 23rd Jun 2012

    Ronnie van Hout will be holding a solo exhibiton titled I've seen Things at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand from 7th July — 11 November 2012.

    The title of the show hints at secrets and insider knowledge. I've seen things is taken from a scene in the iconic sci-fi film Blade Runner. Set in a futuristic Los Angeles in 2019, Blade Runner examines memory and identity, asking, what does it take to be human?

    I've Seen Things places Blade Runner in a larger plot that mines real and fictional stories, with the artist himself inserted into the heart of the tale. Van Hout can usually be found front and centre stage in his work, the artist offering us endless versions of his own self in the form of models, stand-ins, duplications and distortions.

    In I've Seen Things, van Hout inserts himself within a bigger historical narrative; that of Canterbury's The Full Gospel Mission, or the 'God Squad', as they were commonly known. A religious cult based around Christchurch from the 1970s through to their disbandment in 2002, I've Seen Things documents their story, one already filtered through rumour, scandal and intrigue, as a tale of downfall.

    Ronnie van Hout
    I've Seen Things
    7th July — 11 November 2012
    The Dowse Art Museum
    45 Laings Road
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand 
    www.newdowse.org.nz

  • 6th Jun 2012

    Renee So is holding an exhibition of new works at Jancou, Geneva. This will be So's first in Switzerland and will present two knitted pictures, two sculptures and a ceramic relief.

    This new body of work mines centuries of art historical traditions and styles, from royal Roman portraiture to medieval tapestries. A central subject shared by all of the works is the figure of a bearded man with a broad, jutting brow and bulbous, curled facial hair. This character is inspired by the bearded and pot-bellied stoneware vessels that were imported from Rhineland, Germany to England from the 16th to 18th centuries. Dubbed Bellarmine ware, the jugs were used to store wine or ale. While the face carved on their surface represented the Dionysian 'wild man' of popular European folklore, they took their name from the Italian cardinal and saint Roberto Bellarmino (1542-1621).

    With their simplified, geometric forms and carved features, So's sculptural depictions of the bearded man take on a solemn, museological feel, reminiscent of carefully restored classical artifacts. The cropped face and gilded surface of her ceramic relief also harken back to an earlier period, bringing to mind the gleaming, solemn faces of Byzantine icons. In one of So's knitted pictures, we see a different, more dynamic side to Bellarmine- here, he sits cross-legged on the floor in black pantaloons, a second face emerging from his beard as he plays with a lithe canine companion.

    Renee So
    June 6 — July 28th
    Jancou
    63, rue des Bains
    Geneva 1205 Switzerland
    www.marcjancou.com

     

  • 10th May 2012

    Simon Denny will be showing at the Aspen Art Museum from 18th May — 15th July 2012.

    Employing a hybrid methodology located somewhere between research project, retail display, and promotional campaign, Simon Denny's diverse artistic practice reflects on the production, distribution, and consumption of media in an age of accelerated technological obsolescence and relentless cultural overproduction. Through a variety of media, including photographs, sculpture, video, and printed ephemera, Denny invites us to reflect on the relationship between form and content in relation to the evolution of television and video as both technology and cultural form.

    Denny's recent works have included investigations into the form and "architecture" of the TV set itself (the physical depth of which, we are reminded, has shrunk along with the medium's loss of dominance as a content provider), the genre conventions of documentary, and the myriad processes by which content is translated from one medium to another. Other works explore the aesthetics of the glitch, moments of interference where the smooth flow of content breaks down, while still others mine the seemingly banal world of trade shows and industry publications.

    Simon Denny
    18th May — 15th July 2012
    Aspen Art Museum
    590 North Mill Street
    Aspen, CO 81611 USA
    www.aspenartmuseum.org

     
  • 26th Apr 2012

    Simon Denny has been nominated for the 2012 Walters Prize in New Zealand.

    The $50,000 Walters Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of contemporary New Zealand art produced and exhibited during the past two years. Previous winners were Yvonne Todd for Asthma and Eczema (2002), et al. for restricted access (2004), Francis Upritchard for Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed (2006), Peter Robinson for ACK (2008) and Dan Arps for Explaining Things (2010).

    Named in honour of the late New Zealand artist Gordon Walters, the Prize was established in 2002 by Founding Benefactors and Principal Donors Erika and Robin Congreve and Dame Jenny Gibbs, working together with Auckland Art Gallery. The Prize, held every two years, aims to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of cultural life.

    The other nominees for 2012 are Alicia Frankovich, Kate Newby, and Sriwhana Spong. The finalists' artworks will be exhibited at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for three months from 4 August, at the end of which the winner will be announced.

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  • 19th Apr 2012

    Kalimanrawlins will be participating in The New Fair this coming August in Melbourne. 

    The New Fair will present five galleries and an art bookstore from regions including America, Australia and New Zealand. Other exhibitors include Foxy Production, New York; Michael Lett, Auckland; Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland; Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington and Perimeter Books, Melbourne.

    The New Fair
    2 — 5 August 2012

    Melbourne, Australia
    www.thenewfair.com


     

  • 13th Apr 2012

    Anna Kristensen is included in the group exhibition The Bellowing Echoes, at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. This show features work by Jess Johnson, Anna Kristensen, Tessa Zettel and Karl Khoe, The Slow Art Collective and Marcin Wojcik.

    Curated by Marcel Cooper and Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, The Bellowing Echoes takes the essence of a Melbourne story and uses it as a provocation and as a point of exchange with artists who value the personal, the political and the relational.

 As impetus for the exhibition is the story of George Arden, who in 1838 longs for community. As the colony of Port Phillip emerges, Arden rises and falls in his quest to politicise and reflect upon his new environment. Cooper and Bailey-Charteris employ this avatar of the 1800s as a guide through a temporal wanderlust of immersive installation and process orientated works.

    This project forms part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival and Gertrude Contemporary’s Emerging Curators Program.

    The Bellowing Echoes
    20th April — 26th May 2012
    Gertrude Contemporary
    200 Gertrude Street
    Fitzroy VIC 3065
    Melbourne, Australia
    http://www.gertrude.org.au

  • 10th Apr 2012

    Renee So's recent exhibition at Kate MacGarry, London has been reviewed in the April 2012 issues of both Frieze and Artforum magazines. 

  • 21st Mar 2012

    Simon Denny has been included in the group exhibition Remote Control at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.

    Remote Control includes a range of work by artists who explore the way television shapes contemporary culture, and also highlights a number of contemporaries who are responding to the mediums digital convergence. Coinciding with the digital switchover in the UK, the exhibition marks the end of analogue broadcasting—a milestone in the evolution of television.

    The exhibition includes significant works that examine how television has changed the way artists engage with material and form, and how adopting techniques of television broadcasting has contributed to the deconstruction of traditional definitions of art. Exploring the role of television in the public sphere, many of the works presented in the exhibition challenge themes of gender, race, propaganda, identity, pop imagery and consumerism.

    Remote Control
    3rd April — 10th June 2012
    Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
    The Mall, London
    http://www.ica.org.uk

  • 14th Mar 2012

    Steve Carr's body of work has been included in the New Zealand website CIRCUIT.

    CIRCUIT is an archive of video-works by New Zealand artists and experimental film makers. The site also also includes critical writing and discussion. 

    CIRCUIT is currently working with approximately seventy New Zealand artists and several hundred works. New works will be added to the website constantly.

    circuit.org.nz

  • 6th Mar 2012

    Steve Carr will be included in the inaugural first 2012 Angelholm International Video Art Festival in Skåne County, Sweden.

    The main purpose of the festival is the free presentation, promotion and development of international video art and to create a new, alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video and media artists from all over the world. The festival will run for three days, from 26th - 28th April.

    In addition to screenings & installations of video art and performances, the festival invites international guest curators to curate programs of video art from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. These programs will be exhibited as projections in containers placed in the main square.

    Angelholm International Video Art Festival
    26th April — 28th April 2012
    http://aivafestival.com

     

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