10 Canterbury exhibits to watch out for in August
As an exhibition highlight in August, Warren Feeney recommends We Stand Here, an exhibition that asks important questions about Ōtautahi Christchurch: Who lives here, what is our cultural composition and what is important to us? An artist-run space in the city center closes on a high note and an exhibition of paint on unexpected surfaces includes (among other things) a light switch and a plastic bottle.
1. Hellzapoppin ‘! The art of flying nun, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna or Waiwhetū. Corner Worcester Blvd and Montreal St. It’s been 40 years since local record store manager Roger Shepherd started Flying Nun. Now internationally recognized for his contribution to garage / post-punk music, Hellzapoppin ‘! The Art of Flying Nun celebrates the inseparable connection between music and art: Flying Nun bands, musicians, artists and designers who define the look and attitude for the record label’s singles, albums, posters and videos. August 21 to November 28.
Tim Cheeseborough, Sky High Scaffolders, 2021 (Stoddart Cottage Gallery)
2. Diamond Harbor Camera Club, Reconstruction Realigned, Stoddart Cottage Gallery, 2 Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbor. Rebuild Refocused is an annual excursion and exhibition by Diamond Harbor Camera Club members that documents the evolving state of Ōtautahi’s architecture (historical and contemporary) and its common spaces. Among the photographs this year is Tim Cheeseborough’s Sky High Scaffolders, an image that shows the camera’s potential to capture both the certainties and the unrealities of everyday life. 6-29 August.
Donna-Marie Patterson, Illusion of Knowledge, Based on Science, 2021 (Kammergalerie)
3rd Donna-Marie Patterson, boiled over until the bubble bursts! Chambers Gallery, 80 Durham Street, Sydenham. The sculptor and installation artist Donna-Marie Patterson also creates works on paper that even seem to surpass the artist Paul Klee’s claim of drawing as a “walk on a line”. Patterson’s drawings are enigmatic visual labyrinths that work with ink and oil on paper. They are their preferred materials and also the subject of their work, which raises and questions our relationship to the materials of the earth. August 18 – September 4.
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Janneth Gil, Brighton Mall, 2016 (Ranking lists)
4th Here we are: We are celebrating five years of the Christchurch Documentary Project. Tūranga, Domplatz 60. As a collaboration between the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts and the Christchurch Libraries, We Stand Here documented five local communities between 2015 and 2019 in photographs: Bishopdale, City Center, The East, Halswell and Woolston. The task for the students was to answer the questions: Who lives in Christchurch and is part of our community? How is our cultural and social composition? What is important to people in each area? For the answers and more, visit We Stand Here. Until 27.09.
Takaaki Sakaguchi, Ned Kelly, 2021, Ceramics and Glazes (Form Gallery)
5. Revisions – Andrew Carran and Takaaki Sakaguchi, Forms Gallery, 468 Colombo St, Sydenham. Ceramic artist Andrew Carran is known nationwide for his Shino glazes and Takaaki Sakaguchi is an internationally known fashion designer who became a ceramic artist. Sakaguchi has been working with clay since 2017, referring to Western and Japanese art. In Revisions, he pays tribute to Sydney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series and Kyureki, a series of 12 ceramics that represent the Japanese calendar. 7-28 August.
Julian Hooper, Zagnut, 2019, plywood, dowels and acrylic. Photo by Sam Hartnett. (paludal)
6th Julian Hooper, Paludal, 5/2 Papanui Rd, Thu-Fri 5.30pm-7.30pm, Sat 12pm-3pm. Auckland-based artist Julian Hooper is holding his first exhibition in Ōtautahi. Hooper’s painting and sculpture, which has been exhibiting since the late 1990s, draws on a history of European modernism, its visual language and methodology, refined and paired so as not to get to the essentials of their motifs, but to reveal their evasive personalities. Hooper’s art is difficult to resist both visual puzzles and beautiful objects. 6.-28. August.
Sefton Rani, The low is greater than the high, 2021, color skins and mixed media, (PGgallery192)
7th Sefton Rani, silence is the flower, PGgallery192, 192 Bealey Ave. Painting in the 21st century is an ever-evolving creature and Auckland-based / Cook Islands artist Sefton Ranis Silence is the Flower is a wonderful experience of paint on unexpected surfaces and objects. Dried paint skins on mixed media that includes corrugated iron, a light switch, and a plastic bottle. Rani’s collages work somewhere between painting and sculpture in an artistic practice that also deals with Polynesian immigration culture, family stories, and the opulence and ambience of industrial paint. Until 08/20
Sam Harrison, Untitled charcoal III (inside out), charcoal on paper, 2021 (Jonathan Smart Gallery)
8th. Sam Harrison, Inside Out, Jonathan Smart Gallery, 52 Buchan St, Sydenham. Sculptor / printmaker Sam Harrison has centered around the human figure since his first exhibition, so there’s a surprising element in the purely abstract images in Inside Out. An exhibition of charcoal that is imprinted and lingered on paper surfaces, which appeals to the interested gallery visitor. Inside Out is very much about Harrison’s art and underscores his authority over materials, his presence remains inescapable. Until 08/21
Tiffany Thornley, Frida, Gravure (Eastside Gallery)
9. Tiffany Thornley, Robyn Webster and Jane Befers, Dredging. A new story. Three women printmaking. Eastside Gallery, Linwood. Tiffany Thornley and Jane Befers are chief printmakers, both artists were featured in the first survey publication on women artists in Aotearoa in 1988: A Women’s Picture Book 25 Women Artists of Aotearoa in 1988. Dredging. A new story. In 2021, three printmakers will continue to be associated with printmaker Robyn Webster, all three are aware of printmaking as a discipline through the politics of contemporary society, communication and change. 9-28 August.
Claudia Kogachi, Untitled (Prun), 2021, acrylic on canvas, (Hot Lunch)
10. Claudia Kogachi, hot girls with IBS, Hot Lunch, 227 High St. Hot Lunch closes. The artist-run space was opened in August 2020 by Ilam School of Fine Arts postgraduates Millie Galbraith, Liam Krijgsman and Lee Richardson. His time downtown seems short and will be missed, his wisdom and humorous exhibition program, and Hot Lunch concludes with a climax with Auckland-based artist Claudia Kogachi, Hot Girls with IBS, taking the uneasy reassurances of their lives in a perfect ending to her pictures. 6-21 August.