Murray Hewitt

b. 1969

Murray Hewitt works mostly in video. His works have contemplated consumer behavior, remembered historic events, or mulled over current political ones through the considered actions of a lone costumed figure, or repetitive stationary camera shots that encourage sustained deliberation from the viewer. 

Murray Hewitt is a first generation New Zealander whose parents immigrated in the 1960’s from England. Born in Hastings, he now lives in Moera in Lower Hutt. He completed a masters degree in Fine Arts from Massey University in 2007. He also has a NZ Certificate in Civil Engineering and worked for many years as a youth worker. He currently works as an art installer for the Dowse Art Museum.

Selected Exhibitions
2016
Fail to the Chief, as part of East 2016, Hastings City Art Gallery, 12 November 2016 – 5 February 2017.
Spin Two, as part of Repeat/Reflect/Rotate, Tauranga Art Gallery, 8 August - 13 November 2016
Barbra, as part of Suburban Dreams: Dowse Art Museum, Porirua 30 Januray - 29 May 2016

2014
North Harbour Club, North Harbour Stadium, Albany. January 25 2013, as part of Other Waters: Art on the Manukau, Te Tuhi, Auckland 15 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Smoke Rises Around the Silent Sea, as part of Te Urewera Conversations, The Land, The People, The History, Whakataane Library and Exhibition Centre, 24 November 2013 - 19 January 2014

2013
The Downfall of Light, as part of group touring programme Artists Film International, screenings at Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade; Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k), Berlin; Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires; New Media Center, Haifa; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Cinematheque de Tanger, Tangier and City Gallery Wellington
Seven, as part of group show Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004 – 2013, 22 Feb - 3 Jun 2013 City Gallery Wellington

2012
To Pluck Water, RAMP Hamilton, 25 July - 8 August 2012 (solo show)
The Secrets of Their Own Hearts, City Gallery Wellington, 20 October - 9 December 2012 (solo show)
Antipodal, The Physics Room, Christchurch, 20 November – 9 December 2012 (solo show)
Rooster Response (vinyl cut), The Chinese Horoscope Show, Enjoy Public Art Gallery Wellington , February 16-March 10 (group show)
Recessional, as part of group show Still, Pelorus Trust mediagallery, The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, May 11–June 23 (group show)
Weeping Waters, as part of group show Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, October 5–November 25 (group show)

2011
Group:
Wai, T.U.D.N.R.A, Camp A Low Hum, Bulls, February 11-13  
Are we not drawn onward to a new era, Ann Shelton & Murray Hewitt Suite Gallery, Wellington, March 29-April 17
Book project based on single channel video Recessional, as part of The Imaginary Archive, curated by Gregory Sholett, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway, Ireland, November 4–20
Seven, as part of group screening Focus Nouvelle Zelande, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France November 24
Election Year (early version) as part of group show An Exhibition of Graduate Fine Arts Students From SOFA’s First Ten Years, The Engine Room, Wellington, November 
4–19 

2010
Solo:
Untitled (2007), ViewFinder, New Zealand Film Archive (Auckland), Feburary
Stations, Square² Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, November 15-December 12 

Group:
Book project based on single channel video Recessional, as part of The Imaginary Archive, curated by Gregory Sholett, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, June 17-27  
Drowned Out (performance), Te Aro Park cnr Taranaki Street and Dixon, for Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 10.30am, Saturday July 17