Abducted explores the possibility of the blurring of cultural identities and a newly formed universal identity which everyone can relate to, by adapting the old New Zealand icons, and fusing them with the global icons of the digital world.
Devonport local Scott Wilson returns to the Depot along with his daughters Leah and Erica for their first family exhibition, Drawn to Paint, which explores and celebrates the natural environment and its interconnection with humanity.
In February this year we launched The Roaring Silence, a book about suicide awareness, comprising of contributions from 79 artists, writers, poets, and a few professionals from all generations and backgrounds. It collectively communicates the message that life is both dark and bright and that none of us is immune from times of shadow.
Last week, Linda wrote a letter to the New Zealand Herald in response to their latest special series – Break the Silence, an investigative look at youth suicide in New Zealand.
Below is a copy of her letter from the July 14th newspaper, and here is the link to the Break the Silence series in the New Zealand Herald.
A group exhibition showcasing and promoting a diverse array of painting practices by emerging artists situated in West Auckland, curated by Jermaine Reihana with works by Numa Mackenzie, Kenneth Merrick, Mandy Patmore, Michael Prosee and Jermaine Reihana.
A group exhibition of paintings and multimedia works by local artists who have worked in the advertising industry, the opening will feature an Art Auction in support of Suicide Prevention with artworks kindly donated by the artists, opening Saturday 3 September, 2pm start.
Jermaine Reihana further explicates the significance of his preoccupation with tui and the journey on which tui has taken him, at once personal, genealogical and arcane, opening Saturday 2 July, 2pm to 3.30pm.
Tui is both beginning and end, point of departure and destination, and symbolises life as a sacred mandala, an ever-present whole into which Tui is forever woven. Tui’s voice is the golden thread of unity and the assurance that we are not alone. Tui’s presence brings the promise of harmony and that all is of the greater plan.
This series of works replicates aspects of the wharenui which inform and lay the platform for understanding who we are, where we come from and what we can expect and aspire to achieve in life’s journey as Māori. In relation to tui the intricate tukutuku panels of the wharenui, which are integral to Reihana’s work, articulate the harmonics of its ancient and deeply spiritual call.
Tuia i runga. Tuia I raro. Tuia i waho. Tuia I roto. Tuia te here tangata. Ka rongo te po. Ka rongo te ao. Haumi e …. Hui e…. Taiki e
Jermaine Reihana is an emerging Māori artist. He studied at Massey University School of Māori Visual Arts in Palmerston North, graduating with honours in 2012. Reihana’s work featured in the most comprehensive survey of Māori Contemporary art, Te Atinga: 25 years of Contemporary Maori Art during 2013 and subsequently published 2014. Jermaine is currently taking part in a residency with Depot Artspace while based at Corban Estate Arts Centre and continues to work with troubled youth through the Kakano Youth Arts Collective.
Special thanks to Abodo for their support of Te Matahi 2.0.
Opening Saturday 2 July, 2pm to 3.30pm.
Saturday 2 July to Wednesday 20 July
Small Dog Gallery
Works by George Chance, who arrived in NZ in 1909, and contemporary works by Anton Maurer as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography, opening Saturday 11 June 2pm.
Working in this young country, what are photographers contemplating when picturing New Zealand landscape and the impact of man on the land? Often, it seems, other places. These suites of photographs and the narratives contained within, with their qualities of the bucolic and time stilled/stillness, reward contemplation. Aesthetically, when viewed together, the eight decade time-difference and our perceptions of the past may collapse.
Artist talk: Margreta Chance (granddaughter of George Chance) in conversation with Anton Maurer
Saturday 11 June, 12pm start.
Opening Saturday 11 June,
2pm to 3.30pm.
Saturday 11 June to Wednesday 29 June
The visual arts and music merge in an exhibition and video showcase that celebrates NZ Music Month at the Depot Artspace, opening Saturday 30 April 2pm.
Depot Galleries feature an exhibition of some of Aotearoa NZ’s talented musicians who are also visual artists. While many of these artists have made their name through their formidable musical talent they also have an established visual arts practice. Artists in Seen & Heard include:
Archie Bowie (Underdogs)
Ben Buchanan (Erik Ultimate)
Bek Coogan (Sheville, Cortina)
Stella Corkery (White Saucer)
Tim Dustow (West Coast Bullies)
Liam Gerrard (The Veils)
Andrew McLeod (Evil Ocean, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Kody Nielson (Silicon, Mint Chicks)
Lou Rawnsley (Underdogs)
Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats)
Gemma Syme (Instant Fantasy, Shocking Pinks)
Dane Taylor (Invisible Threads, Evil Ocean)
Imogen Taylor (Ruby Suns)
The exhibition also includes a photographic display of musicians who feature in NZ’s contemporary music history – these photographs are a selection reproduced from Kevin Hill’s book Visual Memories.
In another take on the title Depot Sound presents the month-long Seen & Heard video showcase of recording artists, in the gallery and at www.depotsound.co.nz including Brendon Thomas & The Vibes, Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Blue Ruin, Average Mars Experience, Sophie Mashlan and Swizl Jager.
Special thanks to the NZ Music Commission for their support.
Opening Saturday 30 April, 2 – 3.30pm
30 April – 18 May 2016
The Depot Artspace
28 Clarence St
Monday: 12 – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 11am – 3pm
Convergence is a collective exhibition by two generations of the Kelly family, Clive and his three sons, Seth, Luke and Matthew; an opportunity to converge their unique creative views on the world into one gallery for the first time.
Clive Kelly, Seth Kelly, Luke Kelly and Matthew Kelly: Convergence
2 January – 13 January
Main, Small Dog and Verge Galleries
Clive Kelly is an artist and art tutor who has exhibited frequently for many years. In this new series he continues his fascination with surface and depth, stillness and movement. It continues his preoccupation with the balance between abstraction and the recognisable image.
Seth Kelly is an art director in film/TV who is developing ‘The Violet Sea’ project that examines his interest in explorers, the emotional and technical challenges they face and how paradise can quickly become hell and visa versa. He is also inspired by the contrast in scale between the materials and forms of human-made objects being engulfed by a vast natural environment.
Luke Kelly is a graphic designer whose sculptural work merges themes of migration, movement, family histories, and cultural cross-references through mixed-media constructions. The crux of his artwork comes from observing, and being part of, the constant ebb and flow of New Zealanders’ lives and history.
Matthew Kelly is also a graphic designer, living and working in London. His work is created using a process that fuses photography and found imagery. The conflict between what is a controlled medium in photography and a somewhat chaotic medium of expressionist painting creates a heightened sense of drama.
The Depot Artspace is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Simon Kerr, running from 26 August until 16 September.
Simon Kerr, one-time member of the infamous Hole-in-the-Wall gang, prison escapee and activist has turned his remarkable talents to painting, creating a body of work which is both narrative and allegorical, the story of his life and redemption and a commentary on the place of human beings in the world. These works are often autobiographical in nature, exploring Kerr’s controversial history and his Devonport upbringing.
Simon Kerr gained notoriety in the 1980s when he set up the Hole in the Wall Gang (complete with t-shirts!). He also made headlines throughout the 1980s for numerous escapes from custody, including from Mt Eden and Paremoremo prisons. He stowed away on a cargo ship to Australia after escaping from Mt Eden in 1987. In 1994 he mounted a 13-day rooftop turret protest against remand conditions in Mt Eden that ended with the Armed Offenders’ Squad forcibly bringing him down.
Scattered throughout the many years Simon has been imprisoned during his adult life, he has continued to write manuscripts, some of which have been optioned by significant directors, including Ian Mune. In the last few years Simon has concentrated on his painting – a skill that he continues to build on and that is winning him broad recognition and acclaim.
I am not looking to be accepted by society, I want to contribute to it. I don’t want to add my mess to it in a destructive way. As I have in the past. I want to give all that mess a home. For good. A place where it won’t cause any trouble for anyone. A picture on a wall is a safe place for it all to live now and a place where people can look at it and say ….. “Well, thank f**k that’s all over, things were getting messy there”. – Simon Kerr, 2015