Picture/Poem: The Imagery of Joanna Margaret Paul & Cilla McQueen

Posted 1:14pm Sunday 10th May 2015

Picture/Poem: The Imagery of Joanna Margaret Paul & Cilla McQueen is an exhibition centred on friendship. In its intimacy, its cleverness, and its written and visual imagery of Dunedin, the experience of the show is moving. Although both artists traverse disciplines — the exhibition Read more...

Art Online

Posted 1:44pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Although it didn’t begin with a neigh, a horse certainly drew a global audience’s attention to the use of the internet as a medium for art. The Twitter account, @Horse_ebooks, which published seemingly automatic, computer-generated anecdotes like “Everything happens so much” Read more...

Laurence Aberhart

Posted 1:23pm Sunday 26th April 2015

For those familiar with Laurence Aberhart’s work, the current show on at Brett McDowell on Dowling Street doesn’t feel “new” — in multiple senses of the word. And it’s not just because Aberhart refuses the digital through his use of a large-format camera. Planted Read more...

The Hal Salive Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection Aliens, Androids & Unicorns

Posted 2:51pm Sunday 12th April 2015

On the first poster that catches my eye as I enter the room, a blonde woman disinterestedly adjusts the strange, alien-gun weapon she is holding. The red swimsuit that adorns her toned body looks like a beast has clawed at it; it doesn’t cover much — in fact, it almost looks like a red tiger stripe Read more...

Zoe Crook & Aodhan Madden Suspicious Minds

Posted 5:43pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

The first time I met artists Zoe Crook and Aodhan Madden was at the Blue Oyster Art Project Space while they were partway through initial preparations for their Fringe Festival performance piece, “Suspicious Minds”. They had moved the office to a back room, covered the entire front window and Read more...

Patrick Lundberg Draft Copy

Posted 2:32pm Sunday 15th March 2015

Patrick Lundberg’s Draft Copy is a connect-the-dots of all sorts: literally in its arrangements of round pins intersected by faint pencil lines and intellectually in the discussions it raises between art objects and the gallery space. This show can be enjoyed by taking a step closer to discover the Read more...

Erica Van Zon - Dogwood Days

Posted 5:30pm Sunday 8th March 2015

W hen my family was moving house yet again, I remember listening to a conversation between two relocators. They were packing my mother’s various objects, which decorated the numerous shelves in the study. While arranging two strangely bent papier-mâché trout and a found piece of burnt Read more...

Gabriella & Silvana Mangano - Visible Structures

Posted 6:26pm Sunday 1st March 2015

C onfronted by a wall of text that partially blocks Gabriella and Silvana Mangano’s “Visible Structures”, the viewer can experience only a slice of the show from the outside. These glints of colour and light from one of the show’s projected films, mixed with ethereal, overlapping sounds, lure Read more...

A Constant Companion

Posted 4:35pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

I n a taxi one night in Beijing the taxi driver told me he dreamt of travelling — out of Beijing, around the world — but never could because of a lack of money. The driver explained, speaking slowly in simple Mandarin, that he travelled instead through his passengers and the stories of their Read more...

Return to beneath the shadow

Posted 1:49pm Sunday 5th October 2014

As the pilot beside me pulled the small plane’s steering wheel towards him, the absent co-pilot’s wheel hit my knees. For this reason (and my resolute pursuit of urban isolation), I pushed my entire body against the side of the plane and placed the clunky headphones on my head. Out the window, I Read more...

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Loulou Callister-Baker

Culture Editor 2015