Monthly Archives: March 2010

‘Original Orifice’ at The Ambassador

Leg of Lamb is a big fan of Peter Roche so it’s exciting to see his work included in a group exhibition at the artist’s lair in Point Chevalier, Auckland.  Head along to witness kinetic sculpture, film and ‘live art’.

Original Orifice at The Ambassador Bar, Great North Road, Auckland, 3pm to 2am, Saturday March 20.

Ai Weiwei at Tate Modern

Ai Weiwei, 'White House', 1999

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been confirmed as the 11th commissioned artist to fill the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.  The installation opens in October.

Jess Lucas at Neon Parc

Jess Lucas, 'Joanna', 2010

Currently on display at Neon Parc,  Jess Lucas’s candy-coloured paintings feature female subjects that look a little bit wrong.  They have waxy faces, shifty eyes, forced smiles.  In a similar vein to her 2008 General Manager series, these works play with the surface of things.  Picking at the facades of the sitters, the artist conjures up expressions that convey both what a subject might choose to convey and try to hide.  Sometimes a smile wears thin, something astutely observed in Lucas’s watery strokes of paint.

Jess Lucas (and Sean Bailey) at Neon Parc, 1/53 Bourke Street, Melbourne, closes on April 3, 2010.

Hot Photo Friday – Anne Noble

Anne Noble, 'Bob and Moira', 1977

Octavia Cook at Anna Miles Gallery

Octavia Cook, 'Restored Madam Kokku Kaisha', 2009

Octavia Cook, 'Restored Madam Kokku Kaisha', 2009

Octavia Cook uses jewellery – particularly the cameo – as a means of exploring the possibilities associated with commemorative portraiture.  Full of autobiographical references and playfully rendered in acrylics, sentimental symbolism is eschewed by mixing benign subjects including herself (pictured below in the guise of a Japanese matron) and her cats with historical figures like James Cook.  Playing off the intimate with the official, her disingenuous pieces offer a contemporary, conceptualised take on the traditions of costume jewellery.

New to the gallery cabinet: Rare and Recent Cameos by Octavia Cook, Anna Miles Gallery, 47 High Street, Suite 4J, Auckland, until April 1.

Artes Mundi opens March 11

Olga Chernysheva, 'Untitled', 2008

An exhibition of artists shortlisted for this year’s Artes Mundi Prize opens at the National Museum in Cardiff, Wales, on March 11.

The eight finalists are: Yael Bartana (Israel / Netherlands), Fernando Bryce (Peru), Ergin Cavusoğlu (Bulgaria / London), Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan), Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev (Kyrgyzstan), Adrian Paci (Albania / Italy) and Olga Chernysheya (Russia).

Leg of Lamb is rooting for Moscow-based Chernysheya, who documents contemporary Russian experience in a range of media.  The seal of approval?  She shows with hot dealer gallery Foxy Production in New York.

Hot Photo Friday – Juergen Teller

Juergen Teller, 'Louis XV', 2004