Properties of Peace and Evil – Brett Graham

12-29 July, Parlour Projects “Now talking is at an end” is one of the last things Pai Mārire prophet Panapa of Ngāti Hineuru wrote to Hawke’s Bay provinces superintendent Donald McLean before their opposing forces met in the Battle of Ōmarunui in October 1866. The phrase used by Panapa was the colloquial “kua mutu te…

Dramatis Personae

Parlour Projects, a contemporary art gallery situated on Eastbourne St in Hastings, is a large-ish, well-lit, handsome exhibition space. It routinely mounts impressive work by talented local and out-of-town artists. On show at present are Billie Culy’s large photographs of retro flowers. They feel like throwbacks to the New Zealand of the ‘50s: church hall…

Everything Remote Intermingles

February 22 – March 18, 2017, Parlour Projects, Hastings. Ben Pearce’s exhibition Everything Remote Intermingles seems at first glance sparse, simple even. A few steps further and the exact opposite is true. Lunar landscapes appear akin to images beamed from an orbiting satellite or lunar module, drilled and gouged into metal by the artist and…