As an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in Aotearoa, the Portage Ceramic Awards provides insights on current directions and future possibilities. Established in 2001, the awards are a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best contemporary work, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.
Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good is an exhibition that celebrates the 50-year parallel careers of Roy Good as both a designer and painter.
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is a Seoul-based art group consisting of Young-hae Chang, a Korean, and Marc Voge, an American. The duo, who initially formed in 1999, were among the first to use the internet as a platform for artistic experimentation. Using the deceptively simple form of text animations, usually set to music, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ work explores the possibilities of media, technology and power in an increasingly connected world of virtual relationships, intensified by the politics of globalisation and migration.
Our sense of adventure and free thinking, wrote German weaver Anni Albers, is hampered by an over-reliance on authority. To awaken an independent spirit of speculation, Albers proposed an unmediated encounter with that which has been unshaped and unformed: materials.
For Christchurch-based artist Emma Fitts, Albers’ view offers a useful approach to making and works already made. Prioritising tactility, In the Rough: Parts 1, 2 & 3 references the practices and biographies of modernist women Anni Albers (weaver), Romaine Brooks (painter), and Eileen Gray (interior designer), as well as Fitts’ own past exhibitions. In the Rough: Parts 1, 2 & 3 is in fact Fitts’ the final of a three-series exhibition that draw upon the same body of work.
Using sheets of pressed aluminium, NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED is an exhibition that draws from the language of commercial or retail situations. Hung in an ‘idea-cloud’ arrangement, these pendants act as signposts, highlighting and narrating the ironic ways in which we negotiate commerce, and the ethereal values exchanged within these environments.
In the exhibition Jupiter, artist Sorawit Songsataya draws us towards the horizon, an in-between space that binds, yet remains neither land or sky. Operating in this liminal zone, and animated by the unseen forces of wind, the humble form of the kite brings together an oscillating range of references, connecting local traditions with a grander social fabric; the handmade with the digitised; land with clouds.
Blood Water Earth is an immersive video installation and ceramic display arising out of an international Indigenous collaboration between Kahnyen’kehàka artist Santee Smith (Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) and Ngai Tahu video/dance artist Louise Potiki Bryant.
Drop the Ball is a collaborative live performance and exhibition project by local artist, Mark Harvey. This project brings artist Mark Harvey into collaboration with Woodlands Park Primary School's Year 5/6 students, who have invented sculptural forms to be used in a performance.