Der Tiefenglanz II

Gavin Hipkins & Karl Fritsch, ‘Der Tiefenglanz II’,¬†installation view, Starkwhite

Leg of Lamb’s haunted by¬†Der Tiefenglanz II¬†–¬†an exhibition at Starkwhite, Auckland,¬†featuring a series of collaborative works by photographer Gavin Hipkins and jeweller Karl Fritsch. ¬†(This isn’t the duo’s first collaboration;¬†they worked together on Der Tiefenglanz¬†at Hamish McKay Gallery earlier this year). ¬†The artists’ working process loosely falls into two parts – Hipkins begins by selecting a series of ¬†images from his extensive visual archive and then prints them onto aluminium, before handing them over to Fritsch for modification.

Gavin Hipkins & Karl Fritsch, ‘Der Tiefenglanz (Adler II)’, 2012

Each print is muted, and the imagery they bear is sometimes¬†barely discernible, becoming clearer only at certain angles. ¬†The works’ enigmatic quality is amplified by their very ‘objectness’. ¬†Fritsch’s mastery of materiality – his interest in the texture of things – pushes Hipkins’ images into three dimensions. ¬†There’s a brilliant tension between Fritsch’s seductive use of precious materials (like cognac diamonds, smokey quartz and amethyst) and the sometimes violent way in which they intersect with the prints. ¬†Reproductions of cubist busts and hippies at play are bored into, scratched and studded with gemstones. ¬†There’s something Fontana-esque about these interventions. ¬†There’s a real physicality to them. ¬†Far from static, these strange objects hum.

Der Tiefenglanz II

Cage²

Artist Adam Lucas has isolated a particular strain of actor Nicolas Cage‚Äôs onscreen theatrics ‚Äď his capacity for total silence.¬† Lucas has edited Nicolas Cage‚Äôs various mute sequences together to create a ‚Äėperformance‚Äô in which the actor re-enacts John Cage‚Äôs seminal experimental composition 4‚Äô33.¬† Amusing, yes, but Leg of Lamb reckons Nicolas Cage losing his sh*t is hard to beat…

Cage²

A New Director for The Dowse

Courtney Johnston, New Director of The Dowse Museum

Courtney Johnston has been announced as the new Director of The Dowse in Lower Hutt.¬† Currently the General Manager of web agency Boost New Media, Johnston is also a distinguished visual arts commentator.¬† As well as corresponding regularly on Radio New Zealand, she runs art blog Best of 3 and tweets as auchmill.¬† Johnston is replacing current Director Cam McCracken who leaves to take up the Directorship of Dunedin Public Art Gallery in September.¬† Describing her appointment, Johnston blogged; ‚ÄúWhat a privilege it is to be part of the constellation of artists and gallery professionals and dealers and historians and writers and critics and collectors and vast Milky Way of fans and visitors and visitors-to-be that art brings together.‚ÄĚ

A New Director for The Dowse