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

April 3, 2016

Knit One, Purl One

Filed under: Art — paul @ 7:05 am
Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria's Room (Detail)

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria’s Room (Detail)

In this work from 2001, Lonnie Hutchinson uses builder’s paper to reference the victorian tradition of women making lace, integrating and contrasting it with maori idioms and patterns of woven panels. Auckland Art Gallery.

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria's Room

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria’s Room

March 20, 2016

Interactive

Filed under: Art,Onehunga,People — paul @ 9:07 am
Dome and Entrance Way

Dome and Entrance Way

A tent and skeleton building had sprung up at Taumanu Reserve by the boat ramp last Friday: an Interactive Art Installation “Flagging Hope” from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March. The idea to express your hope(s) on a small flag which is then attached to the strings of the building – hopefully all aflutter by Sunday afternoon. Juanita had all the materials: felt pens, paints and brushes, linen flags, and even a bag of lollies for bribes…

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

March 19, 2016

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Filed under: Art,Birds,Black and White,sculpture — paul @ 7:01 am
Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Delicate fantails (piwakawaka) made by Rose Petterson, using 3D printing techniques. There is a whole grove of them at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

March 15, 2016

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:03 am
Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Details from a flock of kingfishers at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail. About 15cm high, mounted on kanuka poles of varying lengths, these cast glass sculptures are the work of Fiona Rennie Schwieters. Shown here on a rainy day.

Kotare is the maori name for kingfisher (halcyon sancta), and Te Atatu – the location of the Trail – is translated as “Dawn”.

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

March 6, 2016

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 8:45 am
Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

An eyecatching work of impressive scale (stainless steel, 2 metres diameter) at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu. The artist is Rebecca Rose.

From the catalogue: This sculpture is inspired by water and the beautiful sinuous shapes water creates in our environment. For me, the rivers, lakeshores and twisting coastlines are an ever-evolving art form. This work stands as a reminder to all of us, to care for this precious resource.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

March 5, 2016

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 10:05 am
Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

The Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu opens today. Set on a beautiful site with views of Auckland, lush vegetation and fine wetlands.

From Saturday 5 March to Monday 28 March 2016. Open daily from 10am-6pm Mon to Thurs, with later Twilight hours every Friday & Saturday till 7.30pm.

This sculpture “Manu Hangarua” (recycled kite) by Gisborn artist Todd Sheridan has proud position at the top, wetlands in the mid-ground and the receding tide stretching to Auckland City in the distance.

From the catalogue: “Manu Hangarua was inspired by the form of ‘Manu Tukutuku’ or ‘Manu Aute’, two examples of traditional Māori kites. They were flown for leisure, and were also used for spiritual purposes. Given the winds that sweep over this site, the sculpture fits within the kaupapa and context of the land.

March 4, 2016

Sculpture in the Gardens

Filed under: Art,sculpture — paul @ 8:17 am
To the End of Love (LLew Summers)

To the End of Love (LLew Summers)

Sculpture in the Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens is coming to an end this Sunday, March 6. We remembered just in time to have a look. Here two samples of beautiful work.

Titipounamu -- A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu — A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu -- A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu — A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

March 3, 2016

Artist and Model?

Filed under: Art,People,Titirangi,Uncategorized — paul @ 8:21 am
Doug Ford

Doug Ford

Doug Ford enjoys the extra space beside his gazebo at last Sunday’s Titirangi Market. A regular at the market, he is well-known on this blog for his public art in the form of murals and decorated utility boxes. Always a cheerful word when we meet.

February 10, 2016

Shadow Play

Filed under: Art,Smile — paul @ 7:23 am
Shadow Play

Shadow Play

Was it the genius of the artist or of the curator’s sense of humour that made me see faces all over the wall?

Merit award at the Portage Ceramic Awards 2015 (at Te Uru): “Too Many Surgeons” by Virginia Leonard (clay and mixed media).

Too Many Surgeons (Virginia Leonard)

Too Many Surgeons (Virginia Leonard)

January 27, 2016

Hear No, See No, and Speak No … (Richard McWhannell 1989)

Filed under: Art,Hillsborough,sculpture,Smile — paul @ 7:07 am
Hear No, See No, and Speak No take a walk

Hear No, See No, and Speak No take a walk

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre has an exhibition of works by Richard McWhannell: “In My Own Time: 1972 – 2015”. The majority of his works are paintings, but some sculptures are also on show.

The exhibition runs until April 10.

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