Nathan Pohio

Commentary
Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara

Behind the work of Auckland-based artist Shigeyuki Kihara lies a vigorous research ethic that falls into complex alignment with her cultural, political and gender identities.

Notes
Te Puna o Waiwhetu remembers Cliff Whiting

Te Puna o Waiwhetu remembers Cliff Whiting

He whare whakairo ki te tohunga, he whare kōrero, he whare rangatira.

'The master carver’s house becomes one that is treasured and is revered.'

Artist interview
A Torch and a Light

A Torch and a Light

Shannon Te Ao is an artist of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. In 2016 Te Ao won the Walters Prize for his works, two shoots that stretch far out (2013–14) and okea ururoatia (never say die) (2016). Working in video and other performative practices Te Ao investigates the implications of various social and linguistic modes. Assistant curator Nathan Pohio, himself a nominee for the 2016 Walters Prize, discussed working practice with Te Ao in December 2016.

Commentary
The Camera as a Place of Potential

The Camera as a Place of Potential

To Māori, the colour black represents Te Korekore – the realm of potential being, energy, the void, and nothingness. The notion of potential and the presence of women are what I see when I peek at Fiona Pardington’s 1997 work Moko. And I say peek deliberately, because I am quite mindful of this work – it is downright spooky. Moko is a photographic rendering of a seeping water stain upon the blackboard in Pardington’s studio, taken while she was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in Dunedin in 1997.

Notes
Yesterday...

Yesterday...

...all these trucks seemed so far away

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Roofs

Roofs

Having lived in the CBD on and off since I was 18 years old (I spent 2 years in Auckland but otherwise within the four Aves), it breaks my heart to see what has been taken away culturally as architecture.

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Fade

Fade

Gallery technician Scott Jackson makes a few running repairs

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Starry Night

Starry Night

On visiting the current Site Santa Fe exhibition More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness I had a moment that reminded me of home during exhibition installs.

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Sign of the times

Sign of the times

Found this little green sign propped up next to my desk this morning...