How Musician Anthonie Tonnon Tells the Story of a Small Town Environmental Disaster Through Song

Posted 8:20pm Thursday 30th August 2018

Anthonie Tonnon is a captivating, albeit contrived, musician and performer. Always dressed to the nines and sporting funky dance moves, every live performance sees Tonnon explain to his audience some vaguely recondite concept or story, of which he becomes the sole authoritarian figure for the Read more...

Kawita Vatanajyankur: Performance art has no boundaries

Posted 10:59pm Thursday 24th May 2018

Kawita Vatanajyankur is a striking and transportive artist who has taken the world by storm – she’s about to exhibit at the prestigious Bangkok Biennale with over 75 other artists from around the world, but before that she’s exhibiting at the Public Art Gallery right here in Read more...

The Man Behind the Mural

Posted 10:26pm Thursday 5th April 2018

Artist Tyler Kennedy Stent had the privilege of becoming the ODT flavour of the week, as criticism regarding the appropriate distribution of taxpayer funds to pay for an Ed Sheeran memorial absorbed front page headlines. The mural, immortalising the pop star’s visit to the city during the Read more...

Shoot Me

Posted 12:33pm Sunday 8th October 2017

Give Lync Aronson a medium to advertise his cause and he will. A library bookcase, an unfortunately timed fire drill, an instant camera sitting on the bank of the Leith; he’ll sniff out advertising opportunities before you’ve even noticed that free food Friday poster taped to a tree. The Read more...

Ai Weiwei: Rarely Apologetic

Posted 11:23am Saturday 30th September 2017

Ai Weiwei has been arrested, surveyed, interrogated, abused and exiled by the Communist Party of China (CPC). His contributions to the political-artistic discussion dominated the 2017 global art scene. The son of a denounced Chinese poet, political retribution has been part of Weiwei’s life Read more...

Miranda Parkes: The Merrier

Posted 12:43pm Sunday 10th September 2017

Photo credit: Miranda Parkes: the merrier’ installation view featuring antibody banner; push me; (all 2017) courtesy Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena. Photo: Iain Frengley. The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship comes around once a year, and when it does, Christmas comes Read more...

Dunedin’s Coffee Cup Art Trail

Posted 12:37pm Sunday 20th August 2017

Latte art is dead. Do you think I ask to be presented with a sweet cat whose face I must suck into inexistence if I want to enjoy the five-dollar stimulant that, at this point, I chug back as if medication? Ephemeral. Transient. In an effort to clog my life with anything mildly resembling artwork Read more...

Shin Hanga (新版画)

Posted 12:12pm Sunday 13th August 2017

Early 20th century Japan is a total cultural divergence from a tiny South Island town like ours, but the McDowell gallery has been authentically transformed into a perfect haven for the impressionistic prints of a pre-war age gone by. Shin-hanga (literally meaning “new woodcut Read more...

‘Extrait d’Image’ – Lisa Reihana

Posted 1:09pm Sunday 30th July 2017

‘Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique’ by Joseph Dufour is wallpaper. Spectacular, exceptionally rare, two-hundred-year-old wallpaper. Flagged as ‘armchair tourism’, the wallpaper depicts the over twenty different indigenous groups that Captain James Cook or Louis Antoine de Read more...

Finger Paintings

Posted 1:27pm Sunday 23rd July 2017

Envision cruising in through the Octagon and walking straight up to ‘La Débâcle’ by Claude Monet (if you know where to find it that is, thanks Dunedin Public Art Gallery), then shoving your hands onto the oil painting’s exterior; your Fatty-Lane-grease-infused digits Read more...

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