Full to the brim with high energy, sharp-witted artmaking
This major solo exhibition features new and recent works in all manner of media, from a glistening cobweb in imitation gold chain and a supersized tyre swing, to hand knitted balaclavas and cast bronze gumballs. Deftly blending humour and provocation, Youle’s works traverse a range of concerns, including how different cultures perceive and label each other and how intangible qualities like loss, aging and love elude our attempts at measurement and explanation. Meticulously made and crisply presented, they all demonstrate Youle’s ability to complicate a simple visual premise with the lingering aftertaste of ambiguity.
- Curator: Felicity Milburn
- Exhibition number: 1031
Contemporary Art Partner
Join art critic and writer Warren Feeney as he discusses We shall rise again like a phoenix from the ashes… the same but different in Wayne Youle: Look Mum No Hands on the first floor.
*Please note Felicity Milburn's art bite on If Dad says no, ask mum and if she says no ask your majesty has been rescheduled for Friday 19 May.
Dear John/ Welcome Back/ With Love
It might be old-school, but everyone likes to get a postcard, and Wayne Youle’s latest project invites visitors to communicate their Gallery experience, create their own art mail or just write a letter to their mum.
Expect the rug to be pulled out from under your feet with the last exhibition in the Rolling Maul series.
I seem to have temporarily misplaced my sense of humour
Stretching across a vast wall at the gateway to Sydenham, Wayne Youle's new public artwork is a shadowboard, where tools for rebuilding hang alongside many familiar but precious objects.
Welcome to 2017! We’ve all bounced back to work at our favourite gallery – and we’ve loved seeing a range of familiar faces at our exhibitions and events as well as the many new visitors enjoying what we have on display.
Wayne Youle: Look Mum No Hands
He’s been called a cultural prankster, an agent provocateur and a bullshit artist (that last description came from his dad, but it was bestowed – he’s pretty sure – with love). While we’re at it, add ‘serial pun merchant’ to that list; in art, as in conversation, Wayne Youle can spot a good one-liner a mile off and has never knowingly left an entendre undoubled.
Sparks that fly upwards
Curator Felicity Milburn remembers five years and 101 installations in a gallery without walls.
Take yourself on a flight of fancy with Wayne Youle's latest exhibition Look Mum No Hands.
Shannon Te Ao: Tēnei Ao Kawa Nei
Tenderness and human longing are revealed in Shannon Te Ao’s award-winning video installations.
The Devil’s Blind Spot: Recent Strategies in New Zealand Photography
Recent photography by an emerging generation of New Zealand artists.
Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs
Exquisitely imagined, startlingly strange works by an internationally acclaimed New Zealand artist.
Energies: Haines & Hinterding
See, hear, smell and feel the invisible energies that surround us as Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding summon unseen forces.
Great Britten! A work by Billy Apple
Billy Apple blurs the line between life and art with a new installation that celebrates the triumphant, record-shattering 1995 campaign of the Christchurch-designed Britten V1000 motorbike.
Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation
A survey exhibition by a leading New Zealand photographer explores sex, death and the female gaze.
On Saturday, I spoke at the launch of a major new work of art in public space—Wayne Youle's installation The House of Wellbeing ALL WELCOME, at the CPIT Aoraki campus on Madras Street.
Contemporary works that create subtle openings for connection and contemplation.
It seems a lifetime ago that we combined with Gap Filler to launch the Gallery's first post-quake Outer Spaces project in Sydenham.
Wayne Youle ran a two-day workshop for 25 teenagers over the weekend. Students from an array of local Christchurch secondary schools were challenged to keep up with Wayne's non-stop energy... and to learn creative and design skills.
Just one last weather report, before this blog starts looking like a franchise of metservice.com...
You could be forgiven for thinking that Wayne Youle is giving the French Bulldog a big hug.
Your father or grandfather probably had one. Maybe you've created one of your own. Possibly there's one on a wall at home, left there by a previous owner.