Modernism, a slippery art historical trajectory to describe, could most simply be understood as a path away from representation. As a philosophy, though, modernism could also be thought of as a committed desire to break with tradition in order to herald in new ideas and encourage individual freedom. Pocket Histories brings together artists who are interested in both understandings...
In this exhibition Fickling presents a display of carefully sculpted paper creatures - part animal, part machine - of a fictional era inspired by industrial design. The still and stark white paper gives way to imagined colours, movements and interactions between the underwater beings swimming through the exhibition space.
Using only wood and paint, artist Glen Hayward constructs a wall of concrete blocks to sit a series of pre-existing objects for Te Uru’s front Window Space. These recognisable builder’s objects – including a beer bottle, lunchbox, cigarettes and hard hat – point to the mode of their own construction and labour intensive origins.
Auckland Arts Festival and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery present an interactive survey exhibition on the sonic innovations and invented instruments of renowned art/music ensemble From Scratch, including six performances by the latest incarnation of the group.
For this commissioned project, Kerry Ann Lee continues her interest in the relationship between craft, identity and place by drawing upon the specialist craft knowledge and legacies associated with West Auckland. The Learning Centre gallery is re-imagined as a whimsical garden.
Having printed images of Te Uru's distinctive aluminum cladding onto silk, van Zon converts the Window Space into a surreal continuation of the building, as well as a backdrop for a new configuration of small and whimsical clay objects. Inside the gallery, van Zon offers a range of practices from beading and embroidery to steel work and printed silk, whose forms and arrangement adhere to the visual structure of the grid.