ONLINE READING

Ben Sakoguchi, Chinatown

Ben Sakoguchi’s witty combinations of commercial signage, history painting, and Pop Art comment on the American Dream and its fraught entanglement with xenophobia and racism. His exhibition Chinatown runs through 15 May at Bel Ami, Los Angeles.

Make Your Mark

We speak with Sue Gardiner and Megan Shaw of Squiggla about the Chartwell Trust’s new initiative, an essential tool that helps you develop creative thinking through the power of mark-making.

We chat to Claudia Kogachi

The artist discusses the evolution of her practice, rug-making, and painting the people closest to you — in the context of her exhibition It is what it is, until 10 April at Jhana Millers, Wellington.

New paintings by Jeffrey Harris

Jeffrey Harris presents his first major exhibition of new work in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland in over 20 years, on view until 10 April at {Suite} Ponsonby, Aotearoa/NZ.

In Conversation with Wong Ping

Sam Gaskin spoke to animation artist Wong Ping over Zoom about Fables 1 and 2 (on show through 29 May at Gus Fisher Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland), and making art in Hong Kong under increasing political pressure from Beijing.

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Present Tense

Image-rich excerpts from our Issue °00 interview with Auckland Art Fair Projects 2021 curator Micheal Do, and artists Casey Carsel, Tanya Martusheff, Lucy Meyle, Elisabeth Pointon, Becky Richards, and Ashleigh Taupaki.

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Timeless Vessels

Julie Cromwell sculpts timeless vessels that explore the materiality of clay through forms inspired by antiquity. We sat down with Julie to discuss her practice, alongside her exhibition with Sanderson at the Auckland Art Fair.

In conversation with Emily Karaka

Emily Karaka’s works explore aspects of te ao Māori, and political and environmental issues. We speak to her about her career and some of the meanings within her paintings.

Oliver Cain’s Queer Nudes

English-born, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland-based artist Oliver Cain navigates gendered absurdities through his poppy, clean paintings that provide commentary on his experience of queer culture and the male form.

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Artist Profile: Matilda Fraser

Dilohana Lekamge looks into the work of Matilda Fraser, whose interest in labour and history translate through her multidisciplinary practice.

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Artist Profile: Aliyah Winter

Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington-based artist Aliyah Winter tackles the structures that encourage adherence to gendered and sexual norms.

Wet Green presents Ronan Lee

Wet Green is an artist-run gallery helmed by Becky Hemus and Eleanor Woodhouse in Auckland. We sat down with the pair to find out more about Wet Green and their current show Mammals by Ronan Lee. 

Six notable works by Donald Judd

In light of MoMA’s web-friendly exhibition, we take the opportunity to highlight six notable works by the minimalist superstar, Donald Judd.

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Lucy Meyle, @MAY FAIR

Lucy Meyle is a multidisciplinary artist from Tāmaki Makaurau. Her work often explores “relationships between humans and the more-than-human,” and between human-made and naturally occurring entities.

Parasite, @MAY FAIR

Parasite, an appointment-only space on Karangahape Road — was founded this year by Daniel John Corbett Sanders, who has done much of late to highlight the low visibility of LGBTQIA+ art at Aotearoa’s larger institutions.

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Tyson Campbell & George Watson, @MAY FAIR

The artists lean into the fantastical possibilities of the digital context. The floor of their booth features squares of inlaid pāua, in a sort of luxe, local reimagining of chequered tiling. A butterfly is present as well. Campbell explains that it alludes to patupaiarehe, fairy-like forest beings.

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Furniture Gallery, @MAY FAIR

Furniture ‘alumni’ include the highly regarded Rea Burton and Claudia Kogachi, as well as several artists showing with other galleries at May Fair Online. The Furniture booth features work by Georgia Arnold, Olyvia Hong, Chris Peckham, and Nicholas Pound.

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Balamohan Shingade, @MAY FAIR

Independent curator Balamohan Shingade (formerly assistant director of Auckland University of Technology’s ST PAUL St Gallery) has put together a solo presentation of photographs by Chervelle Athena showing kauri in Trounson Kauri Park and Waipoua Forest.