On Curating – Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard, Senior Curator of the City Gallery, Wellington

Robert Leonard, Chief Curator of the City Gallery, Wellington

“These days curating is show business. But I’m not so sure that shows today are that curatorially extroverted. I don’t see many shows where curators take the lead, where they foreground themselves. Many curators are slaves to their directors, to artists, or both. While I was in Australia, I was surprised by how many big museum shows were conceptualised and driven by directors, with curators (often teams of them) simply tasked to deliver them. On the other hand, with the solo shows with major artists, the artists tended to have veto over everything, so curators didn’t enjoy much freedom there either. I worry that the idea of curators as authors has been downgraded. I’d like to see more extroverted curating.”

From a great interview with Robert Leonard in Ocula.

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Bight of the Twin


LOL hero Genesis Breyer P Orridge is involved in a new film project about voodoo.  Directed by Hazel Hill McCarthy III, Bight of the Twin explores the relationship between Vodun and Western secular art and performance. Focusing on Vodun culture in Ouidah, Benin, McCarthy’s research had particular resonsance for P Orridge following the discovery of the ‘twin fetish’ and its associated rituals, which have curious interrelationships with P Orridge’s own practice and relationship with her late partner, Lady Jaye.  P Orridge is recorded participating in twin fetish ceremonies, reactivating his bond with Jaye, and in the process, creating a film that becomes voodoo in its own right. Bight of the Twin is still in development with a second trip to Benin scheduled for later this year. If you want to support this project and generate some voodoo too, you can donate here, but do it quickly – the campaign closes on November 22nd.

Neil Young – Artist, Car Lover

Watercolour by Neil Young

Watercolour by Neil Young

Neil Young loves cars.  He loves them so much in fact that he devoted a whole album (2009’s Fork in the Road) to his retooled Lincoln Continental.  Now he’s taking things to the next level with a debut exhibition Special Deluxe at Robert Berman Gallery in LA featuring a series of watercolours of vintage automobiles.  One of these paintings has ended up as the cover of his new album Storytone too. LOL’s favourite Young-related automobile imagery though is the cover to his super weird and not particularly popular 1982 album Trans (below). So misunderstood and actually good!

On Curating – Lara Strongman

Dr Lara Strongman

Dr Lara Strongman

“Fundamentally I’m a joiner, a door-opener, a conduit of ideas that are worth sharing.  Contemporary curators encounter those ideas in artists’ studios and then, back at the gallery, they advocate for those ideas and their wider importance.  You seek to champion the artists’ ideas and bring them to wider attention through the mechanisms of a gallery. Being a champion, however, isn’t entirely distinct from being a cultural agitator. Part of the curator’s role is working with artists to define problems in the culture – not to solve or create solutions to those problems, but to reframe ways of viewing our situation.”

Christchurch Art Gallery’s new Senior Curator Lara Strongman discusses curation in the latest issue of Bulletin.

Looking Forward – Rohan Wealleans

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IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
ROHAN WEALLEANS

23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm

Rohan Wealleans, 'Palaver of Peril', 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

Rohan Wealleans, Palaver of Peril, 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal the multi-coloured excavations beneath.  The resulting paint chips generated by this process often become art objects in their own right.  For Mailbox, they are presented as specimen-like curiosities, and as body adornments in photographs featuring Wealleans-styled naked alien babes.  Part ‘geologist’, part voyeur, Wealleans always inhabits multiple guises.

Curated by Serena Bentley.

Rohan Wealleans is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

MAILBOX is an Artist Run Initiative 141-143 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA

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