John Miller in conversation with 'The People Said NO!' White Night 18th March 2pm + 6.30pm

Join us at 2:00pm for a conversation with artist John Miller and CK Stead and 6:30pm in the gallery to kick off your White Night.

Marking the 50th Year anniversary of capturing protest in New Zealand, John Miller's photographic archive shows over half a decade of protest and the wide range of people involved from all walks of New Zealand society, who were and are united by their passion for protesting for what they believe in.

Tigilau Ness on National Radio

Iconic reggae musician, political activist and mentor to the young, Tigilau Ness will be playing at our opening celebration, for John Miller's exhibition, The People Said NO!, next Tuesday 28th Feb 5.30pm! We hope to see you all there = + = + = + = + =  

Tune in below to hear Tigilau Ness chatting with Music 101's Tony Stamp = 

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/201832084/the-mixtape-tigilau-ness

Anya Whitlock in DIRTY LAUNDRY - Exhibition at THE IVY BOX - Queenstown

An exhibition of raw truth, emotion and secrets.

In October, The Ivy Box gallery asked the public to that monkey off their back, to peel back the layers and reveal what’s inside. Boxes and postcards were distributed around the country, hosted by friends, cafes, galleries, museums and tattoo parlours. Anyone could share their ‘dirty laundry’, secrets, emotions and truths anonymously on the postcards and put them into the boxes. 

Experts at conveying human truth and emotion visually, The Ivy Box featured artists have created original art pieces informed and inspired by the secrets. The result is an unconventional and unusual exhibition of artworks in different styles and mediums, each conveying a different facet of what it means to be human. 

Visit if you're in the area, exhibition runs through the festive season. 

Baye Riddell heads to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam

The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years since 1972, and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivity. This year Guam is the Host. Around 100 Māori and New Zealand based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa alongside 26 other Pacific nations at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts.

Baye Riddell has been invited to participate as part of the Aotearoa artist delegation with other Māori clay artists:

National Collective of Māori Clay Artists

Baye Riddell
Rhonda Halliday
Stevei Houkamau
Carla Ruka
Dorothy Waetford
Amorangi Hikuroa

Baye Riddell, 7 Days Series // The Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa. 2015 

Baye Riddell, 7 Days Series // The Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa. 2015 

Masters of Contemporary Fine Art Book - Volume I

 

Mark Cross has inclusion in this virtual art book.                                                                        Masters of Contemporary Fine Art Book - Volume I

A publication of International Contemporary Fine Art whose main purpose is to promote and recognize Contemporary Artists of high quality from all over the globe.

High quality print with 230 art gloss pages of 150g bounded by a hard cover. 69 Stunning Artists from 40 different countries with around 500 amazing artworks.

“Masters of Contemporary Fine Art” is the first edition of an annual publication dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of high quality Contemporary Art. Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Digital Art are the categories that we have chosen to publish in this art book. The vast range of expressive techniques and also the different styles in each category add value, depict fascinating rhythm and captivate diversity. The book is also a powerful tool for research, consultation or study for Artists, Collectors, Galleries, Art Dealers and Art Lovers.

The book is also available in hard copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Powell's.

Review by Ken Freeman on March 25, 2016 

A truly magnificent compilation of contemporary Fine Art masters. A testimony to the current rebirth of true craft and creativity in the painting field today, displaying a wide range of visual styles, all founded on solid academic knowledge, knowledge that has been despised and neglected for so long in the 20th century, in most of the world's Fine Arts schools. It is time for Art galleries and museums to honor and recognize genuine Art again, Art not based on shock or controversy value or phony intellectual speculation, but on real talent, honed and perfected for years, leading to true beauty and an honest reflection on our human nature. Highly recommended. 

Chinese Artists + academics from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts‏

We would like to extend our best wishes and fond memories of the time we spent together with Professors and artists from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA - the largest Arts Academy which covers Southern China) have visited and shown their work in New Zealand. 

These are very important artists - Professor Deng Jianjin , Professor He Jiancheng, Professor Li Tao, Sun Jiaxuan, Professor Zhang Wei,  and Zhu Donghui. We had a wonderful time with the artists while visited and enjoyed so much the cultural exchanging ideas and making connections - we look forward to working with you in the near future - watch this space ! 



Alvin Xiong “Concerto In Ticktack” In Elam Grad Show 2015

Alvin Xiong thrilled us with his final Master of Fine Arts Presentation last weekend at the ELAM Graduate Exhibition. Congratulations Alvin! 

Concerto in Ticktack 

In the Yin and Yang symbol, Yin is the black side with the white dot in it, and Yang is the white side with the black dot in it.[1] In Chinese aesthetic philosophy, Yin and Yang (darkness and light) describe how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.[2] As Francis Bacon said, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”[3] This implies that darkness enhances the power of light, and the light makes the darkness even deeper.

 My project investigates the relationship between light and shadow, by using their relationship within a minimalist sculptural light work. Light has been an important element in the visual world since ancient civilizations. The sanctity of light and sun is one of the most ancient and persistent themes within sacred art and architecture. People in ancient times worshipped the sun, reflecting their ancient thoughts that the sun had immortal power over human mortality. On the other hand, the importance of light is not only apparent in ancient art, but also appears in minimalist and post minimalist earth art, like James Turrell’s The Roden Crater Project and Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels.

In this work, I try to integrate Yin and Yang philosophy to modify the space, creating an atmosphere of harmony for the viewer. In this particular space, the white items are my Yang elements; the floating black fabric creating a non-flat volume to respond the white area and balancing the entire energy in the room. 

Yin and Yang is also about the cycle of life: starting with the rising sun where the rays shine straight up. From there, the sun goes higher into the sky creating rays of light that point downwards creating shadows. As the sun rising, it creates energy and movement. Those items that were in the dark are now in the light. This thought provides a way to integrate drawing as a movement from the body into this contemporary light work. Drawing on my expression to respond to the light and showing the viewer how I worship light. Once the audience walks into the work, their body movements continuously activate the work together with the artist’s gesture, their presence completing the installation.

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[1] Schreuder, Duco. Vision and visual perception: The Conscious Base of Seeing. Bloomington: Archway Publishing, 2014 

[2] “Yin and Yang.” Livelovecreate. Accessed November 7, 2015. http://www.livelovecreate.org/2014/09/yin-and-yang.html

[3] “Fransic Bacon Quotes.” Brainy Quote. Accessed September 3, 2015. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/francisbac119506.html


Title: concerto in ticktack 

Medium: Light Emitting Diodes, electrical component, fabric, pigment 

Dimension: approx. 14,000L x 3,000H x 3,000W mm

Creative New Zealand announces delegation to Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 (Guam)

Congratulations to Baye Riddell for his selection for the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 (Guam).

Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa alongside 26 other Pacific nations at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam next May and June.

Considered the premier arts and culture event for the Pacific region, this is a government-to-government invitation, with the Māori Committee of the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand responsible for Aotearoa’s representation.

Invitations to the festival were extended to indigenous peoples of the Pacific, and Māori extended their invitation to New Zealand-based contemporary Pasifika artists to present a distinct Aotearoa voice.

Baye Riddell is part of the delegation - National Collective of Māori Clay Artists.

 

 

Hannah Andersen's Artwork Stolen and VandaIised in The Vero Centre

On the 26th August it was noticed that one of Hannah Andersen's artworks from her exhibition Food For Thought, in the Vero Centre was missing. This work, ironically, titled, Cheese Balls, is a soft sculpture/textile print. It is a double sided, oversized replication of a 'Cheese Balls' packet measuring 400 x 350mm. The work was installed by the escalators, and was exhibited sitting upon another work, Trolley Throne, in The Vero Centre Foyer area, Pierre Peeters Galleries permanent offsite exhibition space at 48 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD.

The security at the Vero Centre are aware and have been going through the CCTV footage - because the entire foyer area is supposed to be under 24/7 constant surveillance.   

The situation worsened - when we discovered this week, on Wednesday 9th September that there has been another incident - this time - direct vandalism and desecration of Andersen's artwork. Someone or perhaps a few people  must have jumped on the custom made / repurposed retro Cutlery Couch, because the red leather cushions were caving in and had been pushed in so much that they were completely indented and the springs beneath the couch were hanging out the bottom. The red leather cushions are cracking from the pressure caused by this act. The couch is a functional work of art:  it functions as both a sculpture and as a couch, as a seat to SIT on. But it is definitely not made to be a trampoline to be BOUNCED on as the perpetrators have obviously done. The area looked like a tip - there was rubbish thrown on and around the installation.

Another art work was also vandalised at this time - a small platter of hand-made wax chips - replica Mc Donald's chips had been completely destroyed. The small delicate wax chips had been flattened , smooched, squashed, trampled and thrown everywhere. These works all took the artist a very long time to make. Andersen had been working towards this solo exhibition, making all the different installation components for at least the last two years.

Anish Kapoor's installation at the Château de Versailles was vandalised last weekend for the second time. The contemporary sculpture, titled Dirty Corner this time with anti Semitic slogans. Kapoor comments,  "Artistic violence is generative, political violence destructive. Artistic violence may scream at the tradition of previous generations", such as Hannah's artwork which seeks to subvert conventional art production and sale and bridge the gap between capitalism and art, and form new connections for us between art and product and our relationship with this.

Hannah Andersen is a young emerging New Zealand artist, this was her first solo exhibition after graduating from UoA Elam school of Fine Arts in 2014. Andersen's work has received much positive feedback. Her work is provocative, sexy and playful, it is a critique on the aesthetics of consumerism, mass production, globalisation and excess. The work is supposed to give people a smile and spur the imagination and give them more to think about than their daily mundane office job. It is a shame that some people think that they have the right to touch property that is not theirs, and to steal, vandalise and desecrate art. Art is taking nothing and making it into something to give back to the world. What can be wrong with such creative altruism?

These objects of capitalist desire obviously are very successful at what they set out to do - though the desire took a sour turn when it was turned into an act of theft and vandalism.

We would appreciate the safe return of the stolen artwork and anyone who knows anything about the theft, vandalism and desecration to please contact us at Pierre Peeters Galleries - 027 202 8404 / 021 066 6569 or 09 377 4832 or claire@pierrepeetersgallery.com / p.peeter@xtra.co.nz