Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Circle of Riffs
Dane Taylor
By Kathryn Tsui

Auckland based artist Dane Taylor works on pre-existing images that he then overlays with painted abstractions.  In Circle of riffs, Taylor’s latest exhibition, he continues to use these found images as the basis for interactions between the recognisable world and the supposedly abstract.

Many of the works centre on hand painted kaleidoscopic abstractions that refract the image, surrounding them in a visual exchange. The artists says, “the work is intended to facilitate visual thinking, to exercise the part of the brain that explores and understands visual language without necessarily being able to translate what is said into spoken language.”

Rather than methodically sourcing images, Taylor prefers to follow a rendezvous style of approach, a concept used by artist Marcel Duchamp (1887- 1968) known as the predecessor of conceptual art. The rendezvous between the artist, and the object they appropriate, functions as a random element in the artwork connected to the artist’s daily life.  In the case of this show, many of the images are from rare old books and postcards Taylor discovered hunting through the Avondale markets near his home, which he frequents weekly. 

Taylor’s painted and printed image compositions combine hand painted elements with digital methods. He often adapts the original image reworking the composition to suit, before applying the opaque gouache medium to render a multi-layered portal between unique artwork and reproductions, abstraction and the representational.

Artist biography
Dane Taylor is an Auckland based artist with an art practice grounded in abstract painting and photography. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Film and Anthropology, Victoria University in 2001. In the past four years his works have featured in a variety of galleries including Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington; and in Auckland, the George Fraser Gallery, Papakura Art Gallery and Snake Pit.

Kids art workshop with the artist
Saturday 31 August, 11am-12.30pm FREE
In this art workshop with artist Dane Taylor we will explore the possibilities of collage with existing images and get to colour in your own crystalline jewel shape!  All materials provided!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

John Parker
By Kathryn Tsui

Artist John Parker presents new ceramic works in black, white and red, a colour palette that he believes encompasses New Zealand, Aotearoa as an evolving nation. This series refers to the colour range of the national Māori (Tino Rangatiratanga) flag which was identified through a nationwide consultation process. 

As an artist Parker plays on ceramic traditions and discourse. His pieces are typically recognisable as bottles or vases, however he pushes these forms beyond the traditional pottery vessel shape towards stark minimalism.  The artist says, “my concerns are with finish and control and the infinite possibilities of minimalism.” His semi functional forms contribute to the debate between functional and non-functional objects.

His works exist in the territory between handmade originals and mass produced ceramics. Highly finished and faultlessly geometrical, Parker’s clay forms look industrially made yet they are all thrown by hand and turned on a potter’s wheel. This relates to his on-going interest in reworking industrial ceramic styles by New Zealand born Wedgewood designer Keith Murray (from the 1930s), and his intern Earnest Shufflebotham  (during the 1950s),  for New Zealand’s iconic factory ceramic ware manufacturer Crown Lynn.

Influences on Parker’s clay practice are vast, from modernist ceramics to traditional and contemporary Chinese ceramics. In 2007, Parker was part of an Australasian residency at the FuLe International Ceramic Museum in Fuping, China. This influential international exchange for contemporary ceramists was an opportunity for him to work with Chinese clay and experience first-hand China’s vast ceramic history that he had previously only studied in books. His time in China is referenced by the red glaze, red being an auspicious colour.

In Black + White + Red, Parker’s ceramic pieces combine as one overall staged scene, in an interplay of forms and colours to create a unified whole.

Artist biography
Based in West Auckland John Parker is considered to be one of New Zealand’s leading studio potters and has been exhibiting ceramics since 1967. In 1975 Parker completed a Master of Arts (ceramics) from the Royal College in London. He has received numerous awards for his work including the respected Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2010. Parker has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in the UK, Italy, USA and Australia. His work is held in major New Zealand and Australasian public collections including, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Dowse Art Gallery in Wellington. Recently Parker undertook a residency at Sturt Pottery in Mittagong, outside of Sydney. Multi-talented Parker is also a renowned theatre designer.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Liyen Chong

By Kathryn Tsui
Resolution by visual artist Liyen Chong is a new series of work developed since travelling to South Korea, on an AsiaNZ Foundation artist residency in 2012.

This exhibition represents a sample of Chong’s research into 60s and 70s visual imagery, sourced from encyclopaedias and Britannica yearbooks. Combining national and international visual subject matter Chong responds to her time living in a contemporary Asian society that allowed her the distance to reflect on what it means to be an artist based in New Zealand.

Theories based on comparative mythology are relevant to Chong, as they provide a framework for finding collective myths across different civilisations. In Resolution, the works point to archetypical myths across a selection of disparate encyclopaedic pictures. Visually these found images are scanned and enlarged, then interrupted by pictorial studies to translate their shared mythic and iconic qualities.

The artist describes these works on paper as, “performing interventions on the surface of these reproduced images, finding new visual possibilities with a combination of media and methods.” These painterly and print grain-like interventions draw attention to the external meaning of factual photographs and give the images new potential associations.

Primarily an image maker, Chong’s multi-faceted art practice continues to be based on an in-depth engagement with diverse disciplines and media. To date this has included embroidery with hair, printing on ceramics, text-based graphic design work and photography.

Artist biography
Liyen Chong is an Auckland based artist with a multi-disciplinary art practice. In 2003 Chong completed a Master of Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. Recently her work has featured in solo exhibitions at Blue Oyster Project Space in Dunedin, Gus Fisher Gallery and Melanie Roger Gallery in Auckland.   She was the recipient of several prestigious artist residencies including the McCahon House Artist in Residency, Titirangi in 2011 and in 2012 the Asia New Zealand Foundation artist residency in Goyang Art Studio, South Korea. Chong’s work can be found in major public collections including: the Chartwell Collection, Auckland, The University of Canterbury Art Collection, Christchurch and the National Gallery of Australia Collection, Australia.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stories Explode at Youth Film and Theatre Festival

Young performers and filmmakers will compete for supremacy at the Phase 1 Youth Theatre and Film Festival in West Auckland on Saturday 31 August at Corban Estate Arts Centre, as part of this year’s Going West Books and Writers’ Festival.

“We never know how important our voice is until it is taken away from us” says Lavinia ‘Uhila, a Ranui based actress, who is currently preparing for her debut as director of a collaborative theatre piece that explores how domestic violence affects women. “Our play focuses on bringing hope and encouragement to women and daughters going through any struggle, to speak out about injustice” continues ‘Uhila. 

Lavinia ‘Uhila (25), graduated from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in 2009. Among her successes since graduating, have been her performances as a soloist in Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 2011 and in the lead role in Sinarella, a joint production between the Auckland Theatre Company and the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts.
Actor Jason Wu (22), a graduate of Unitec’s Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, will premiere a short documentary about the formation of a new band, Midnight Trips, and the skyrocketing success of its music on local radio. He will also act in a theatre piece about men discovering and coming to realise the effects of their violent behaviour on their families and themselves.

Wu, is perhaps best known for his lead role in Michael Bennett’s award-winning feature film, Matariki (2010). Since graduating from Unitec in 2012, he has performed in Titus at Q Theatre and in Te Manawa at Corban Estate Arts Centre. 

The Phase 1 festival, only in its third year, is shaping up to include the highest standard of original theatre and film-making seen yet at the festival, and is funded once again by Creative Communities. “This year’s event offers a fresh platform for many young people with undiscovered talents, to take their creative energy to the stage and onto film” says Jay Williams, Director Phoenix Performing Arts, based at Corban Estate. 

Film and play entries are expected both from teams of young participants connected to Phoenix, as well as teams from several local high schools. These will be judged for their originality, script and overall production, by leading directors and scriptwriters from the film and theatre industries at the festival’s ‘heat nights’ on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August. The judges top choices will compete for the glory of the supreme award at the Phase 1 Gala Night on Saturday 31st August. All the performances and film showings begin at 7pm and take place in Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre. Further information and bookings can be made at info@ceac.org.nz or by phoning 838 4455. 

For further information please contact: Patricia Aguilera | Marketing and Communication Manager Corban Estate Arts Centre | p. +64 (09) 8384455 ext. 208 | e. patricia@ceac.org.nz | w. www.ceac.org.nz


A 3-day festival of original short plays and films by young writers, film-makers, directors and actors.

Thursday 29 August, 7pm

Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre
All films accepted into the festival will be shown and a panel of judges from the film industry will select the best to be presented at the Gala Night.
Entry: $10 (EFTPOS & cash door sales only)

Friday 30 August, 7pm

Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre
All plays accepted into the festival will be performed and a panel of judges from the theatre industry will select the best to be presented at the Gala Night.
Entry: $10 (EFTPOS & cash door sales only)

Saturday 31 August, 7pm

Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre
The best works as selected by the judges in the preceding nights will be presented and a Supreme Award will be awarded by a panel of judges.
Entry: $20 (Tickets include a light supper. Limited seating, so pre-bookings advised. Limited door sales available. Cash bar. EFTPOS & cash door sales only)

[Note: Some content in the festival programme may offend some people. Parental guidance is recommended. Not suitable for those under 15]

More info:

The Corban Estate Arts Centre is located at the historic Corban Winery Estate in Henderson, Auckland. The arts centre utilizes the historic winery buildings and is home to galleries which feature a changing programme of exhibitions, as well as a café, gallery shop, and artist’s studios. CEAC also offers a wide range of arts and cultural events and education programmes, including art classes for adults and children and a schools education programme. The Centre is open 7 days a week, 10.00am – 4.30pm. 

Phoenix NZYP is a youth performing arts company, based at Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phoenix takes a holistic approach to performance, beginning with shared stories which form the themes that are crafted into original drama and music pieces. Through participating in this creative process, young people learn more about the world in which they live. The company is renowned for its innovative performances which do not shy away from strong themes that are renowned for moving audiences.

Now in its 18th year, this festival celebrates all that is inspiring, challenging and unexpected in the words of our New Zealand writers and performers. As well as the Phase 1 Festival, Going West includes a theatre season with Auckland Theatre Company, a Poetry Slam and the key event, the Books and Writers’ Weekend.