Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Installation Shots.

 among the rocks V

 albatross hunting

 still grey

 self portrait of harry white I

 self portrait of harry white II

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gallery 36 Magazine.

Forgot to mention the other week that I am included in the latest issue of Gallery 36 Magazine
- (Thanks Selene).

You can download Vol 3 No 3 2011 here (plus all the back issues too).  www.gallery36.co.nz

Thursday, August 4, 2011

TARRED & feathered - Opening Reception.

Below are a couple of shots of the TARRED & feathered opening reception. More photos can also be seen at Arts Diary. A Big thanks goes out to them for their coverage of the event.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

TARRED & f e a t h e r e d - All the details....

It's little more than a week before we install the show so here's all the information:
Big thanks to Premier Print and Pernod Ricard New Zealand for helping us out.

Press Release:
T A R R E D & f e a t h e r e d

August 1st – 14th, 2011.
Mon – Sun:  11am-7pm (or by appointment).
Opening reception: Tuesday August 2nd, 5.30 to 9pm.

From the 4th to the 7th of August 2011, the Auckland Art Fair will host the best galleries in Australia and New Zealand showing some of the freshest and most exciting art and artists.

Not everyone will be there...

Coinciding with Auckland Art Fair, Tarred and Feathered will run from August 1st to 14th at, 22 McColl Street in Newmarket (adjacent to Auckland’s prestigious Tim Melville and Fox/Jensen galleries).
With an opening reception on Tuesday August 2nd from 5.30 – 9pm, this 2 person show will feature sculpture by Karley Feaver and painting by Chris Dennis.

tar and feather
1. To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
2. To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.

To be tarred and feathered was an unofficially sanctioned form of public display. It was designed as a punishment and to force the subject to change their ways or run them out of town.

In August 2011 we hope that won't be the case and look forward to seeing you.

Karley Feaver grew up in New Plymouth and is now living in Auckland.  She works across a range of disciplines including painting, sculpture and taxidermy. In 1997, Karley spent 2 years at Wellington School of Design studying Industrial Design, before moving to Auckland to study 3D design at Unitec.  Karley has exhibited throughout New Zealand and her works are held in private collections in the UK, Australia, Russia and New Zealand.
 My works offer a vision of a world where fantasy and reality merge into infinite possibilities, uncertainty, and wonder.  Themes such as life, death, beauty, restriction and escapism are explored, sometimes from moments or happenings I experience in my life.  My use of taxidermy can evoke powerful emotions and inspire our morbid curiosity surrounding death.  Representations of humans are introduced in the form of dolls and the choice of animal is deliberate and used as a symbolic reference to the themes I explore in my work.

Chris Dennis grew up in, England. He studied natural history illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and this classical training is evident in his current therianthropic work.  After completing his BA (Hons) at the University of Wolverhampton he relocated to the United States, and in 2000 earned his MFA from the University of Art in San Francisco. In 2010 after a period in Berlin, Chris made Auckland his permanent home. He has exhibited in the UK, Germany and across the United States.
 My paintings are perhaps best described as ‘Narrative expressionism’ or ‘internalized portraiture’. The stories behind these ‘Therianthropic’ pieces have been carefully obfuscated and invite the viewer to create their own narrative, bringing to mind facets or emotions that maybe more difficult to confront if not disguised behind a mask.

22 McColl Street.  Newmarket.  Auckland.   Map
Tel: 021 172 9842 / 021 828 226

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tarred & Feathered ?

Our First Announcement

tar and feather
1. To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
2. To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.

From the 4th to the 7th of August 2011, some of the best galleries in Australia and New Zealand will host some of the freshest and most exciting artists as part of Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand's premier contemporary art event.

Not everyone will be there...

Running in tandem with Auckland Art Fair, a selection of artists not represented at the fair will be showing their work in nearby pop-up galleries. One such gallery will be Tarred & Feathered.

To be tarred and feathered was an unofficially sanctioned form of public display. It was designed as a punishment and to force the subject to change their ways or run them out of town.

In August 2011 we hope that won't be the case...

        'This show is not intended as a criticism of Auckland Art Fair. To the contrary, we see it as an opportunity to give art patrons an expanded view of an art scene. During this time the spotlight will be firmly cast upon the Viaduct Events Centre; this is just our attempt to take advantage of some of that light and heat'.


The Organisers.

Enquiries: tarredandfeatherdnz@gmail.com 

Information: http://tarredfeathered.blogspot.com


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cliftons Art Prize 2011

Self-Portrait of Harry White I  has been selected as a finalist at the regional stage of the  Cliftons Art Prize. The piece can be seen from June 1st at the Cliftons venue in Auckland along with the other finalists: Kathryn Stevens, Rosanne Croucher, Julian Mckinnon, Isla Osborne and Melinda Butt. A reception/prize announcement will be held on June 16th from 6-8pm at Level 2, 45 Queen Street.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Metropolis Dreaming.

From the Living Room Site: Gregory Bennett and Michael Hodgson will use digital animation at an architectural scale to re-invent the Eastern façade of Queen Street’s iconic Smith & Caughey building, built in 1927 and designed by American architect Roy Lippincott.
Situated in close proximity to the entertainment facilities of The Edge, this monolithic Metropolis-style tower provides an ideal canvas on which to project Bennett’s performing figures. These figures explore complex group dynamics, inspired in part by the Art Deco-era cinematic dance extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley. Bennett’s most recent works situate figures in architectural tableau, with each group contributing a specific function to a mysterious, greater purpose - all cogs in a big city structure.
 Developed into a site-specific outdoor presentation with Michael Hodgson, a world-specialist in large-scale projection events and renowned sound artist, together they explore the choreographic interplay between the moving figure and architecture, which structures the way we negotiate a city.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

'Metropolis Dreaming' - Living Room.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
Living Room, Auckland Council’s annual 10-day public art event, kicks off again in April. It will feature artists from all over the world, as well as some well-known local faces. There will be a mix of installations, performances, sound art, video projections and a poster project.
In 2011 Living Room is titled Metropolis DreamingThe planned artworks will encourage us to re-imagine our day-to-day urban surroundings, rediscovering ordinary, overlooked and hidden details of the city.
Metropolis Dreaming spotlights the actual mechanics of a city’s systems, transforming its functional, everyday structures from a routine backdrop into imaginative possibilities. It is a celebration of post-industrial urban life and takes its inspiration from the excitement the Italian Futurist movement felt at the start of the 20th century for the clamour and bustle of the new, kinetic environment of the machine age.
100 years later, Living Room acknowledges that the city is both a cultural and technological hub, so will include social projects that highlight the human dynamics of urban life.
Andrew Clifford

The artists confirmed for Living Room 2011 are:
Contributing to the poster project are:
Dragon Head - Ujino Muneteru
Dragon Head - Ujino Muneteru

Monday, March 21, 2011

Brendan McGorry - God's little Launderette

The general consensus (and rightly so) was that the highlight of the wholly successful White Night in Auckland was God's little Launderette by Brendan McGorry.

To quote Janet McAllister in the NZ Herald - "The most impressive, out-of-the-ordinary, free-thinking White Night effort we saw was artist Brendan McGorry's. He and his family generously welcomed all-comers into his Upper Symonds St converted-shop home, where he had created a viewer-encapsulating installation, God's Little Launderette, as full of symbolism as the Rosslyn Chapel".

The crappy photos, are mine the video is by Brendan.

Brendan McGorry

Friday, February 18, 2011



Traumberg from romy pocztaruk on Vimeo.

Images: Romy Pocztaruk. Sound: Adam Gooderham

Friday, February 4, 2011


There are only a couple of days before my show comes down in New Orleans, so I thought I should tidy my website up a bit.

I've added all the pieces that were part of 'detritus', a lot of work from my time in Berlin and made a couple of things disappear... chrisdennisart.com

Monday, January 24, 2011

d e t r i t u s @ coup d'oeil art consortium installation views.

Back in Auckland and looking forward to getting back to work. The show is up until February 5th. Any remaining pieces will stay at Coup d'oeil, New Orleans (for the time being).