Suzanne Tamaki & David Roil: Fashionista REVOLUTION
10 Aug- 9 Sep 2018
The world is a conglomerate of cheap mass-produced clothing and online shops determined to recruit fashion victims. Aotearoa is generating chain store clones, Kardashian wannabes and Instagram duck faces.
Wellington fashion provocateurs, Suzanne Tamaki and David Roil are rebelling against mainstream fashion with upcycled, recycled, hand-stitched, crafted fashion that marches from the streets on to the catwalk. Their garments contain stories of oppression and rebellion. Ripped flags, patches and military-wear signify Tuhoe terrorism alongside corporate pirates and Victorianesque gowns fabricated from bed clothes. Anti-fashion attire for the brave.
Enlist today. Join the fashion revolution! Show your solidarity with a sequin-gloved fist in the air.
Elizabeth Thomson – The Greening of New Blueland
2 Sep – 2 Dec 2018
For over three decades, Elizabeth Thomson’s art has engaged with issues around science, imagination, culture and what it means to live in the South Pacific region in the 21st century.
The Greening of New Blueland presents some of the most seductive, lyrical and yet perplexing works produced by Thomson in the last 12 years. These works speak of our escalating world problems – global warming, over-fishing of the oceans, pollution and environmental degradation.
Euan Macleod: Painter
2 Sep – 2 Dec 2018
Euan Macleod: Painter is the first major touring exhibition of this artist’s work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Christchurch-born, but resident in Sydney since the early 1980s, Euan Macleod has produced a remarkable and gripping body of work during three decades of a prolific career. His paintings take us on a journey, not only through physical landscapes, but also through states of mind and being.
Many of these paintings are self-portraits. With impassioned applications of oil paint, Macleod depicts himself from many different vantage points: he buries himself in earth and clay; he dissolves into a plume of volcanic smoke; he is consumed by fire; he is drowned and then resuscitated.
Extending the genre of self-portraiture, Macleod is an artist ‘prepared to push the boat out into uncharted waters and dare to take a risk’, as Peter Rose observed in his history of the Archibald Prize, which Macleod won in 1999.
At a time when New Zealand society is thinking about environmental issues, global warming and the politics of water, McLeod’s figure-in-landscape paintings are as relevant as they are vital.