Blog posts tagged with: Installation

Posted Oct 16, 2013
By
Mark Williams
Still from The detectives, 2013, video, 4’ 46’’ Actors: Andy Baker, Caspar Connolly, Mark O’Donnell, Daphne Simons, Sorawit Songsataya, Tim Wagg. Photograph courtesy of the artist and ArtspaceStill from The detectives, 2013, video, 4’ 46’’ Actors: Andy Baker, Caspar Connolly, Mark O’Donnell, Daphne Simons, Sorawit Songsataya, Tim Wagg. Photograph courtesy of the artist and Artspace

I’m no expert on the genre of film noir. But I suspect it’s something most people have a basic awareness of, even if slightly misguided or clichéd, just like many people assume anything from the early-mid 20th century can be described as art deco. I’m probably working from stereotypical assumptions of noir too: self-generated (dim) lighting, long shadows, venetian blinds, deception and double-crosses, probably a detective story narrated in the first person by a gruff voice with an attitude about his ex-wife.

Posted Feb 11, 2013
By
Andrew Clifford
Steve Carr, Dead Time (2012), 7 channel installation, Phantom Flex transferred to ProRes HQ files synchronised through multiple hard drives, duration 520 seconds, edition of three

The passing of time is a slippery experience, difficult to pin down and usually different in retrospect. Thinking back, there are usually milestones, key markers that help you plot a path from one fixed point to another with lesser events positioned before or after with reference to cause-effect relationships. This is Auckland gallerist Michael Lett’s 10th year in business, an occasion he has chosen to observe with a survey of works by Steve Carr, the artist whose exhibition Dive inaugurated the gallery in 2003.

Posted Jan 28, 2013
By
Jamie Hanton
Yael Bartana, ...And Europe will be Stunned, Zamach (Assassination) 2011(film still). Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivYael Bartana, ...And Europe will be Stunned, Zamach (Assassination) 2011(film still). Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

I was extremely excited to learn that the Dunedin Public Art Gallery had secured the Govett Brewster's touring exhibition True Stories / Scripted Realities. Curated by Mercedes Vicente and featuring a tantalising international line-up, the promotional still from Kerry Tribe’s There Will Be _____ (2012) offered a sumptuous homage to Hollywood noir and an exhibition of rich cinematic promise.

Posted Oct 30, 2012
By
Pieter Haydensieck
Image from The Fourth Wall, courtesy of St Paul St Gallery

Truth, Fiction and Ethnography; Pieter Hiedensieck reviews the recent installation of Clemens von Wedermeyer's The Fourth Wall at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Posted Sep 18, 2012
By
Mark Williams
Still from Film 2 by Et Al, image courtesy of the artists and Jonathan Smart Gallery

Recently installed at Jonathan Smart's new suburban space in Linwood, Christchurch, Et Al's Films from non-existent in the everyday world? offered alternately chilling, jarring and absurd reflections on dispossession and personal dislocation.

Posted Jul 17, 2012
By
Tessa Laird
Vincent Ward - 
film stills from The Whisper of the Trees and Breath, part of the cinematic installation Voyage II – Ardent Spirit (2011)

Our most iconic movie director has reinvented himself as an artist, transforming some of the themes that have populated his films into video installations, photography, and paintings. At the Govett Brewster last December, the works were housed in one location under the title Breath – the fleeting intensity of life. The disciplines have been split for the Auckland incarnation, with Inhale: moving image at the Gus Fisher, and Exhale: two dimensional works at the Pah Homestead.

Posted Jun 7, 2012
By
Miriam Harris
Eyes on the Moon: Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy's Eyes on the Moon is a series of evocative, rich, and absurd animations that gained resonance alongside two other exhibitions recently scheduled at Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery.

Ballast: Bringing the Stones Home presented a collection of John Edgar sculptures forged from stone collected by the artist in historic Scottish quarries. In Paper-jams: artists between the covers various artists explored the book’s identity as a sculptural object.

Posted Apr 23, 2012
By
Melanie Oliver
Bodytok QuintetBodytok Quintet

In Melanesian pidgin, ‘toktok’ is a term for conversation. In Phil Dadson’s video installation Bodytok Quintet, five large monitors arranged around the room individually spring to life when an audience member triggers the relevant motion sensors, thereby initiating a dialogue with some of the entertaining and somewhat ludicrous sounds that can be made with the human body.