Got a bit on my plate for the next month or so, so posts will be sporadic until mid-October. Keep an eye out for Leg of Lamb on Twitter though…
Every self respecting girl loves a bit of Fleetwood Mac. If you’re in Melbourne you can get a Stevie fix this Friday care of Kirsten Perry’s show Stevie Dreams, opening at Lowrise Projects. Featuring decorated sheepskins, ceramic raindrops and the fruity video above, it’s the perfect time to bust out your finest crushed velvets.
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.
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.
Suji Park – Mollusca, Brett McDowell Gallery, 5 Dowling Street, Dunedin. Exhibition opens September 14th.
These works (and others) are included in the exhibition Angela Brennan, Stop Humming Glen Gould at Niagra Galleries, 245 Punt Road, Richmond, Melbourne, until September 29th.
Artist Adam Lucas has isolated a particular strain of actor Nicolas Cage’s onscreen theatrics – his capacity for total silence. Lucas has edited Nicolas Cage’s various mute sequences together to create a ‘performance’ in which the actor re-enacts John Cage’s seminal experimental composition 4’33. Amusing, yes, but Leg of Lamb reckons Nicolas Cage losing his sh*t is hard to beat…
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; “What 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.”