Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

August 15, 2016

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Filed under: Art,Buildings,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 11:32 am
Achy Breaky Heart  (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Waikokota Lane in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter tunnels through between the two blocks of the award-winning ASB building: glass to symbolise the transparency of the bank (yeah, right) and a monumental mural by Michael Parkowhai entitled “Achy Breaky Heart”. This is what the interpretive plaque says about it:

Achy Breaky Heart is a wall of bright, over-sized Cuisenaire rods, stacked upon each other in patterns to create the illusion of movement and rhythm. The rods become lines of colour – connecting, forming partnerships and dancing before your eyes. The glossy surface of Achy Breaky Heart reflects the environment and the surrounding glass reflects the work.

Cuisenaire rods were developed in the 1950s for maths education and each colour has a mathematical unit connected to it. The white rod is 1, the red rod is two, and the orange rod is 10. The title of the work, Achy Breaky Heart, is a nod to Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie and – of course – to the early 1990s pop song and line dancing.

Michael Parekowhai was born in Porirua and grew up on Auckland’s North Shore. He works in the disciplines of sculpture, installation and photography and is a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.

August 14, 2016

Real Art Roadshow

Filed under: Art,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:03 am
Real Art Roadshow

Real Art Roadshow

Walking through the Wesley Market on Friday, it was impossible to overlook the big truck and trailer unit by the community hall. The Real Art Roadshow has been traveling the length and breadth of the country for nearly 10 years now, bringing original art to schools and (occasionally) to the general public. A collection of original work by top contemporary artists (say 1960 onwards), courtesy of the Real Art Charitable Trust.

This initiative is now coming to an end, and the collection is up for auction at Art and Object on November 1. (I hope the Real Art Roadshow website will remain, such a great collection of images and writings!). The Roadshow website is hoping for a buyer of the project in order to continue the initiative.

The last photo shows artist Paul Forrest (a Roadshow Director) with one of his own works that he brought out of a hiding place in the ceiling of the truck: a collaborative work with photographer Derek Tearne. – Nice meeting you, Paul, thanks for the conversation.

The schedule of school visits (and some slots for public viewing) is on Facebook.

In the photo of the gallery, you can see work by Harvey Benge, Joana Braithwaite. Mark Braunias, Phillip Clairmont, Bill Culbert, Judy Daragh, Don Driver, Gary Freemantle, Megan Hansen-Knarhol, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Illingworth, Saskia Leek, Richard McWhanell, Peter Robinson, Angela Singer, Richard Stratton, Ricky Swallow, Phillip Trusttum, Greer Twiss, Harry Watson – to give an idea of the scope of the show.

Serious Truck!

Serious Truck!

Gallery

Gallery

Paul Forrest

Paul Forrest

August 9, 2016

Butterflies

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 7:04 am
Butterfly

Butterfly

Mural by the Kakano Youth Arts Collective at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Butterflies

Butterflies

July 19, 2016

Kakano Project Henderson

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 7:04 am
Stevies Lane, Henderson

Stevies Lane, Henderson

A big wall at PB Technology had the Kakano treatment. A collaboration between Unitec and Corban Estate Arts Centre aiming at reducing graffiti vandalism – channeling creative energies in positive ways.

Artists: Berst, Nayls, Rachel.

Watch a video of this (September 2015).

Stevies Lane, Henderson

Stevies Lane, Henderson

July 12, 2016

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashe….

Filed under: Art,Mount Eden,Walls — paul @ 9:52 am
Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Colourful mural at Geoffs Emporium, Dominion Road.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

July 11, 2016

Pictures at an Exhibition

Filed under: Art,People,Titirangi — paul @ 7:04 am
The Peg Parade

The Peg Parade

An exhibition opened on Saturday morning at the Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi. We were on our way up to the rooftop terrace when we got caught in the crowd on the first floor – and squeezed in as well. A crowd of children and parents, young and old, engrossed in hundreds of exhibits, entitled “The Peg Parade”.

300 wooden pegs were handed out to children at local schools and kindergartens, with the brief to turn them into characters of their choice. Such was the echo of the community that adults also wanted to take part in the action. In the end, a total of 244 exhibits graced the walls.

In support of the children’s charity KidsCan.

Blue Ninja

Blue Ninja

Sammy and Naomi

Sammy and Naomi

The Peg Parade

The Peg Parade

Tatiana lines up a shot

Tatiana lines up a shot

The Peg Parade

The Peg Parade

June 22, 2016

Tuku Iho (Robert Jahnke, 2015)

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Light — paul @ 10:19 am
Tuku Iho (Robert Jahnke, 2015)

Tuku Iho (Robert Jahnke, 2015)

A cube of one-way mirror glass and neon letters by Robert Jahnke at Corban Estate Arts Centre in their exhibition “Nga aho taruarua” (on until July 17, 2016).

From the exhibition notes:

Neon and one way mirrored glass are utilised in Tuku Iho (2015), resulting in a repetition of words that appears infinite and disappears into a void of darkness. The work captures the Maori notion of the emergence of the world of light from the darkness of Te Po. Jahnke says the words can be translated as ‘to bequeath,’ conveying the Maori concept of eternity; “it is an expression that is often associated with taonga – taonga tuku iho -referring to a treasured or prized possession handed down to the current generation by ancestors”.

June 21, 2016

The Tui at CEAC

Filed under: Art,Birds,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:26 am
Tui on the wall

Tui on the wall

On the mural/graffiti wall at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Equally at home in the bush and in urban/suburban parks and gardens.

Unidentified artist.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

June 17, 2016

Polar Bears

Filed under: Advertisements,Art,City — paul @ 11:41 am
Polar Bear

Polar Bear

On the prowl at Aotea Square. An ice rink (and ice slide) is opening today on Aotea Square, complete with polar bears, penguins and seals (the latter were not installed yet when I came past a few days ago – made by Rawstorne Studios).

Family Outing

Family Outing

Baby Bear

Baby Bear

April 19, 2016

Balancing Act?

Filed under: Art,Newmarket,Not West,Walls — paul @ 7:32 am
Balancing Act?

Balancing Act?

Nuffield Lane, Newmarket, is a veritable gallery of street art. Here an item by BMD – with the inscription “Nuffield YGB” (Young, Gifted and Broke).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

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