Denys Watkins – Another Green World

25 Nov – 23 Dec 2017, Parlour Projects, Hastings Denys Watkins’ dedicated career has been to the visual arts. He has taught and travelled throughout the world, all the while maintaining a steady arts practice, which is now his primary focus. His collection Another Green World brings us candidly to 2017, in the tones of…

Cinzah Merkens – Salt Dirt Sky

1-30 November, Tennyson Gallery, Napier New works from Cinzah Merkens flirt with the commodification of bird images. They are not depictions of birds IRL, they are representations of bird imagery, more boldly: iconography. Hints of gold remind viewers that these images are valuable, not the veneer-thin red-dot variety of value but true, robust, deep-set value….

Shane Cotton

25 September – 28 October, Parlour Projects It’s a coup for Parlour Projects, a relatively young provincial gallery, to run a show of new paintings by an artist of Shane Cotton’s standing. And it’s reassuring to know that for whatever reasons, commercial or an enthusiasm for continuing cultural discourse or (as in this case) both,…

Pretending Things Are A Cock

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Jon Bennett’s got a problem. He pretends things are cocks. And by the end of an hour of his side-splitting show of story and slides you just might find yourself indulging in a spot of phallomorphism yourself. No, don’t bother looking it up, it’s not a…

Buggar

1-31 October, Tennyson Gallery Jo Blogg on the wall, Bernie Winkels on the plinths As a Londoner, venturing into the Natural History Museum from the chic, well-to-do streets of Kensington, I expect to see a vast array of specimens, arthropods to arachnids, paired jointed appendages and Nudibranchs with tufts and nodules, but in Napier on…

White Night

30 September 2017, Napier Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival We headed over to Napier’s art quarter excited by the prospect of night-time art viewing. What success! The streets from Byron, down Hastings, Tennyson and Herschell streets were buzzing with people. In true festive style, Sam Deller, Boon Factory’s light show was a central gathering place. Herschell…

Still Life with Landscape – Adrian Jackman

21 September – 11 October, Muse Gallery, Havelock North There is a ginormous jar of jelly jets on the gallery counter. And the lolly palette is reflected in the small, tight collection of works on show from Adrian Jackman. They are a drone-eye view at first glance, of the plains and ravines and patchwork fenced-in…

Almost Serious, Fane Flaws

 25 September – 14 October 2017, Arts Inc, Hastings Flaws’ curiously titled multi-media exhibition, which launched the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival in Hastings on Monday night, provides a fascinating  glimpse into the life of an artist better-known for his music. Yet the former Crocodiles guitarist, who penned the evergreen epic 1980 Kiwi pop song…

Everyday Lines

15 September-26 November, Hastings City Art Gallery The spiritual great granddaddy of the selected NZ artists whose works are currently on show at Hastings City Art Gallery is the French artist and cultural provocateur Marcel Duchamp. His bourgeois-baiting exhibition of an everyday object (a porcelain urinal) could neither be considered to properly ‘belong’ to the…

Tape Art Labyrinth

If you go down to Havelock North today you’re in for a big surprise. The Village Green has been a hive of preparation these last few days as the Arts Festival prepares to launch. The tents are erected, the lights strung, flags flutter in the spring breeze, pendulous yet airy David Trubridge creations gently spiral…

Urban Ambience

Until 30 Sept, Tennyson Gallery, Napier The Tennyson Gallery is having a show. The title, Urban Ambience is a perfect fit for its location, on the corner of Tennyson and Hastings Streets, in the commercial and cultural heart space of Napier’s CBD. It marries art, Anthony Chiappin’s poppy, whimsical two dimensional pieces, or Episodes, as…

Keramika

29 August – 16 September, Hastings Community Art Centre, Scott Brough, Piers Greenaway and Karen Greenslade, students of Keirunga Arts & Crafts Centre and Otago Polytechnic With more than 100 works in the exhibition, it is the larger works that immediately spring to attention, reinforced by the placing of the very powerful ceramic form by…