I think art in Christchurch brings people together. It’s a talking point and a cultural experience as well. I am excited about the events Chapman Tripp is associated with – it’s great be great to be involved.
This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.
Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai
Yellow is a colour with impact – it’s time to encounter its brilliance.
As the title suggests, Meander I is a playful meandering line that appears to be moving in space and time. The hoses that loop back and forth through a clear perspex frame evoke a sense of circularity and continuity. A precise relationship between drawing and sculpture is achieved through Carl Sydow’s structural investigation of interlacing shapes. Sydow’s unconventional approach to sculptural materials and the depiction of form and line in space pre-empted the future direction of much contemporary sculpture in New Zealand. Carl Sydow attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts from 1959 –1961 and completed an Honours course in Sculpture at University of Auckland in 1963. He also gained a Diploma in Fine Arts at Auckland Teachers’ College in 1962. Between 1964 and 1966 Sydow visited England on a QEII Arts Council Grant and worked in the studios of the Royal College of Art.
The Gallery has an incredible team of forty Volunteer Guides – and we want more! We’re currently seeking expressions of interest for ten enthusiastic individuals to join us.
In early March we were lucky enough to have the incredibly talented Grayson Gilmour performing at the Gallery, supported by the equally talented Purple Pilgrims and New Dawn. I love these gigs, but there is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes to make sure that, by the time the public walk in the door, the foyer is gig ready. The process normally feels like a long, slow marathon with a sprint at the final corner. So here’s a guide to how you too can get the NZI Foyer gig-ready in five (or six) easy steps.