CIRCUIT are now accepting proposals for three new commissions ($600 each) for Wellington's Masons Screen. Each commission will show for a month between November 2021 - January 2022. CIRCUIT will commission an essay on the three works, to be published on the CIRCUIT website in 2022. Submission Deadline: 12 July, more details here.
Now showing on Masons Screen is Steve Carr's Watermelon (2015), an experience of slow time and tense anticipation.
On the website this month, our commentary section offers up three hot takes on contemporary art in Aotearoa;
Rangituhia Hollis pivots from Toi Tū, Toi Ora at Auckland Art Gallery to discuss what it means to be Māori now, then, and in 2041; “I walked through the spaces of the gallery and felt danger. But I’m used to that feeling.” Emma Fitts meets Stephanie Beth to discuss the ongoing resonance of Stephanie’s 1970s/80s films giving voice to ‘the silent woman’; and Mark Williams writes on the exhilarating Marianna Simnett at City Gallery Wellington - “Simnett’s survival strategy is to examine trauma's cooled, black, liquid residue, morphing the after-image into something new and darkly inhabited."
And below you can find links to new viewing online from Sean Grattan, Stephanie Beth and Julia Holden.