Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ken Capone: Art Voices Magazine.

The owner and director of Coup d'Oeil Art Consortium in New Orleans, is featured in this months Art Voices Magazine.

Ken Capone with art by James Taylor Bonds           (photo: T. Sanders ARTVOICES)
ART VOICES: 12/20012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Saloon des Ferari

what's an extra 's' amongst friends?

I'll be showing a couple of pieces this Friday, (Dec, 14th) as part of a group show at a relatively new space in Grey Lynn (Auckland).

Reprise 2012 (detail)
Artists Featured: Sam Montgomery, Mikey Sperring, Toby Raine, Sandy Son, George Hamilton, Michelle Beattie, Michael Mitchell, Ronan Lee, Heidi Brickell, Rose Hansen, Jessica Pearless, Anton Parsons, Nicky Verdon, Sam Angrignon, Bob van der Wal, Mason Vincent, Chris Dennis, Alice Wong, Steff Wilson, Johl Dwyer, Robbie Fraser, Clinton Richards, Anthony Cribb, Selina Woulfe, Jodie Salmond, Natasha Cantwell, Daphne Simon, Mark O'Donnell, Ben Barlow, Linden Simmons, Sophie Bannan, Glenn Otto, Imogen Taylor, Ahilapalapa Rands, Susie Thomas, Amy Potenger, Fritha Hobbs, Fats White, Jessica Driver, Neeve Woodward, Jessamyn Genning, Dylan Scott, Joseph Griffen and Dawson Clutterbuck, Catherine Fookes, Joanna Galvin, Richard Orjis, Joseph Nerney, Rebecca Steedman, Angus Kerr, Rita Sorotheno, Nick Coldicutt, Matt Coldicutt, Sophie McMillan, Elliot Stewart, Anna Rankin, Daniel Ellison, Harriet Potter.

FERARI  66 Crummer Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021. New Zealand.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I will have two pieces in the final exhibition of the Waitakere Trust 2012 Art & Sculpture Awards.

The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards has been supported by the Waitakere Trust for 26 years and is one of NZ’s longest running Art Awards and well respected across the New Zealand arts community.
Artists showcase their work in a national competition forum, judged, awarded and exhibited over 10 days at Corban Estate Arts Centre.

The Judges for this year's award were TJ McNamara and Judy Darragh.

Awards evening: Thursday 4 October, 6pm
5 – 14 October | 10am – 4pm, 7days
Shed 2, Corban Estate Arts Centre

More information:

Friday, July 20, 2012

SCAN.IT Exhibition, Brighton.

This is a slight departure for me, but I have a  'photographic' piece in an upcoming show in Brighton, England.

The show is the brainchild of Gem Barton, who curated the exhibition as the culmination of  an experimental project which considers digital scanning as an alternative to photography.


The show featuring over 150 works by artists from more than 15 different countries (I seem to be the only New Zealand resident) has been divided into 3 sections.

Gallery40, 40 Gloucester Road, Brighton.

week 1 - THE COW + THE FONT
Private View Thurs Aug 2nd, gallery open 10-5 Fr-3rd to Sun 5th
Private View Weds Aug 8th, gallery open 10-5 Thurs 9th to Sun 12th
Private View Weds Aug 15th, gallery open 10-5 Thurs 16th to Sun 19th

More info here -                                                                          SCAN.IT

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Korero - Group Show.

Image: Untitled, by Kate Sellar
Korero is a collaborative exhibition illustrating a fusion between visual art and poetry. 18 artists from various disciplines, select from 18 carefully chosen poems on the theme of conversation, to use as inspiration for their artwork.

This exhibition at
Uxbridge Creative Centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd. Auckland is in memory of local poet Bernard Gadd. His son, David Gadd  will present an award to what he considers to be the best piece of art.

Join us on opening night, 12 July from 6.30pm for a mulled wine and a vibrant and energetic evening of visual art and poetry readings.

The show will run from 13 July - 2 August. 

Exhibition featuring artworks by Brendon Sellar, Chris Dennis, Clinton Phlips, Dom Morrison, Emily Pauling, Emma Topping, Ingrid Anderson, Jana Wood, Kate Sellar, Kirsten Pleitner, Kirsty Black, Lisa Benson, Mark Russell, Matt Moriarty, Nicola Wright, Ramon Robertson, Shona Tawhiao, Sue Dick and Wayne Trow.

Vessel. (after Boats by Peter Bland) Chris Dennis 2012
 As is often the case, it was a chance meeting with curator, Melissa Elliott that lead to the invitation to participate in this exhibition. There was some initial disappointment when I found out that the first poem to speak to me had already been claimed. Now, Boats by Peter Bland seems like such an obvious poem for me to respond to. I can't see why it didn't jump out at me immediately. 

Unlike some of the other artists, I have not been in contact with the author of my poem, so it will be interesting to talk to Peter if he attends the show.
Vessel (detail). Chris Dennis 2012.
Vessel (detail). Chris Dennis 2012.
In deference to his copyright, I won't reproduce Peter's poem here (Maybe if he gives his permission, I'll put it up later). In the mean time you can read about him here ( wikipedia ) and find him in libraries and bookstores around the world.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cliftons Art Prize 2012

I 'm pleased to have been selected as a finalist for the Cliftons Art Prize for a second year.
Still Grey will be on show as part of the finalists' exhibition from May 21st and will conclude with an awards evening on June 20th from 6-8pm.

 21 May to 20 June, 2012 .
Award Evening: 20 June, 6pm – 8pm.
Cliftons, Level 2, 45 Queen Street. Auckland, CBD

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Michaela Gleave - Our Frozen Moment.

Michaela Gleave was a fellow Takt resident in Berlin during 2010. 
This is her installation at Performance Space in Sydney, Australia. Looks awesome, wish I could have seen/experienced it.

Installation view, Performance Space, Sydney.  Photograph: Jennifer Leahy.

Installation view, Performance Space, Sydney.  Photograph: Jennifer Leahy.

From Press Release:
Our Frozen Moment is an atmospheric-based installation by Michaela Gleave, a large-scale experiment in space, light and the possibilities that shape our perception of the universe.  Presented as a stage-like set, the viewer is invited to step into a ‘field of stars’ as a mass of tiny droplets spark briefly into existence before disappearing from view.
Our Frozen Moment references optical phenomena such as ‘prisoner’s cinema’, the atmospheric condition ‘diamond dust’, and ‘frozen’ stars thought to be fueled by dark matter. The installation places the viewer at the centre of a universe, a performer in their own theatrical set, their own unique presence in the space-time continuum held up for view.
This project is supported by the Australia Council through the Visual Arts Board.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Showing at Letham Gallery, Ponsonby.

I have a couple of pieces (well,three) on show at Letham Gallery in Ponsonby, Auckland for the next week or so.

Ron English at Webb's Auction House. Auckland, NZ.

The show (half prints, half originals) coincides with English's appearance at Semi-Permanent.
It's scary how impressed I would have been by this 20 years ago.

Oh he's also Chris Brown's favourite artist.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Martin Creed @ Michael Lett

From the Press Release:

Michael Lett is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by British artist Martin Creed. Creed’s varied artistic practice includes performance, sculpture, writing and painting. This exhibition, his second at the gallery, brings together a typically playful collection of recent work in a range of media. Creed’s interventions range from simple mark-making to immense installations and public performances, exploring scale and structure, and humorously transforming the obvious and everyday. A series of recent paintings record a process determined by Creed’s choice of materials and tools, combined with his use of simple rules. The resulting forms reveal the joy in decisionmaking in a world of ever-increasing complication. The exhibition will include both paintings on canvas and large scale wall paintings.
Creed’s fascination with process also extends to the body. Human experience has been explored in works that record in/out, up/down etc. in the form of penetration, vomiting, defecating, and in the case of Work No. 1071, a silent black and white film included in the exhibition, a woman’s nipple slowly becoming erect. Other works will include a large photograph (Work No. 1096) of Orson and Sparky, the canine stars of a 2011 music video titled ‘Thinking/Not Thinking’. The video records the two dogs who are drastically different in scale, making their way across the screen at alternate intervals and timed to Creed’s backing vocals.
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, England in 1968. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: ‘The lights going on and off’. Recent exhibitions include; Martin Creed Plays Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2012; Artist Rooms: Martin Creed, Tate Liverpool, 2012; Mothers, Hauser & Wirth, London, 2011. Creed’s Work No. 1197: ‘All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’, will be performed throughout the UK at 8am on Friday 27 July to celebrate the first day of the 2012 London Olympics.

Martin Creed: Thinking / Not Thinking (Work-1090)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Estuary Exhibit moves to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple NZ 紐西蘭佛光山

Albatross Hunting is currently on show at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, NZ. 

It was selected as part of the traveling portion of the Uxbridge Art Gallery Estuary show 2012.

17th March - 15th April 2012

Fo Guang Shan Art Gallery
16 Stancombe Road
Flat Bush, Manukau 2016, NZ
Tel: +64 9 274 4880

Friday, March 9, 2012

Paper-Jams @ Gus Fisher Gallery.

Back in Auckland, an interesting show opened at the University of Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery this evening.
Paper-Jams: Artists Between the Covers is curated by Andrew Clifford and acknowledges the substantial history of text in art.

Peter Madden - Golden Retriever, 2007. Reconfigures images found in Auckland Art Gallery's quarterly publication.
From the press release:
Paper-jams looks sideways from that legacy to foreground those artists who address the page itself as a compelling context, rather than focusing on the content of the words c...ontained within. These works challenge the materiality of the page and the creative potential of its limitations to break through the conventional ways we absorb and present information. Influenced by the collages and cut-ups of cubism, dada, fluxus and pop, they explore paper as a rich surface to scrutinise or excavate.
Similarly, publications become objects with their own history, value and meaning, and a site not only of linguistic dexterity but also physical construction and craft. Their printing, distribution or design is revealed to have political implications, which artists amplify through processes of obliteration that puts pressure on supporting structures. This has impacted on the worlds of art, literature and music, where established methods for communicating ideas have been torn up to allow a more graphic or conceptual approach.
Now, in an age of online information and electronic tablets, where ‘anything’ is possible, the threatened extinction of the conventional book brings renewed poignance to the physical systems that have supported publishing since the invention of the codex and the printing press.

Artists include Gretchen Albrecht, Bruce Andrews, Billy Apple and Wystan Curnow, Dan Arps, Elliot Collins, Fiona Connor, Lyell Cresswell, Paul Cullen, Philip Dadson, Johanna Drucker, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Marco Fusinato, Tony Green, Robert Grenier, Fiona Jack, Tessa Laird, Alan Loney, Peter Madden, Allan McDonald, Teri Moon, Patrick Pound, Ed Ruscha, Katrina Van Roon and Ivan Zagni.

Paul Cullen

Teri Moon

Wellington Vist.

Finally made it back down to Wellington for a more focused look around.

The highlight for me, was The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture at City Gallery, (Welllington).

From the Press Release:
Sculpture has re-established itself as one of the most vital art forms for today. The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture calls together recent New Zealand sculpture which foregrounds the making of and engagement with objects and object-ness as central to the experience of the medium. The artists in this exhibition rework conventional sculptural modes and materials, insisting that sculpture is something to be made and physically encountered by its audience in real space and real time.
Spilling out of City Gallery into its non-spaces, surrounds and the city, The Obstinate Object brings together recent work by some of New Zealand’s most compelling artists. Working in a variety of sculptural modes, with a wide range of materials and concerns, each reinforces the ‘object-ness’ of sculpture as a pressing concern. Questioning the increasingly blurred line between sculpture, installation and performance, this exhibition empowers the sculptural object at a time when the value of objects is under constant scrutiny.

I also caught Heather Straka @ Paige Blackie, The Horrorscope show @ Enjoy, Irene Ferguson @ Suite (on Cuba St), Andrew McLeod @ Peter McLeavey, Warwick Freeman @ Bowen Galleries and the inaugural group show at a new space on Cuba St. called the Ramsey Mortimer Gallery. Hamish McKay Galley and Robert Heald were closed/installing and the Dowse Art Museum was only half open, which was a disappointment.
Rohan Wealleans at the Dowse Art Museum

Looking forward to my return (hopefully) in more ways than one.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I was very pleased to be asked by Neon CHocolate to participate in their anniversary show at .HBC in Berlin.

From the press release:

In its almost two years of existence, Neonchocolate Gallery introduced Berlin in quick succession to exiting works by young national and international artists.

Now the gallery is truly turning up the heat with the exhibition .COMPRESSED – a collection of one hundred handpicked works of urban art, painting, photography, illustration, collage, and design – which will be on view at Berlin’s .HBC March 5–8, 2012 and culminate in a live auction. The exhibition is curated by Oliver Thoben and Uwe Neu in cooperation with Kat Wilhelm, formerly of Christie’s London. Fares Al Hasan (, a licensed art auctioneer and collector who has conducted over forty successful auctions to date, will lead the final evening.

The auction and preceding exhibition .COMPRESSED will be held at .HBC Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9.
Art Auction: March 8, 2012 at 7 pm
Preview and Exhibition: March 5–8, daily 7 pm – midnight

Download auction catalogue (pdf), including rules of the auction:
To request a printed version of the auction catalogue (including rules of the auction) or place initial bids:
+49 (0) 30 32 66 30 32

Nick Gentry / Jesse Lenz / Mario Wagner / Ann Besier / Lukas Feireiss / Gesa Glück / Sven Marquardt / Erik Göngrich / Matthias Pils / Christian Manss / Simon Prades / 44flavours / Kerstin Stephan / ICFF / Diana Sprenger / Philipp Zurmöhle / Felix Gephart / Matthias Gephart / Danny Kurz / Galina Troitzky / Steffi Lindner / Matthias Heiderich / Sebastian Klug / Kathleen Alisch / Philipp Dorl / Enrico Nagel / Elisa Gómez Alvarez / Johannes Baptista Ludwig / Zubin Zainal / Stefan Fähler / Christian Rothenhagen / Björn Hegarth / Chris Dennis / Louis Reith / Jessica Polar / Tomoyuki Ueno / Anne Michaux / Angela Otto / Klub7 / Katrin Rodegast 7 Sebastian Lechner (Korizohh / Sucuk)