Contemporary in Kawakawa

17 Jan
Acrylic on canvas by Theresa Reihana in the Kings Theatre gallery, Kawakawa

Acrylic on canvas by Theresa Reihana in the Kings Theatre gallery, Kawakawa

“Rip, Shit & Bust – a response to invasive mining realities,” is the first exhibition in the recently renovated 1936 Kings Theatre just down from the Hundertwasser public toilets on the main street in Kawakawa in the north of Aotearoa | New Zealand.

detail: Orificia Coffee Table by Sash. Glitter, masks,	LED	lights +  show case plinth.

detail: Orificia Coffee Table, glitter, masks, LED lights + show case plinth, by Sash.

Many of the paintings, prints, ceramics, raranga (flax weaving), carvings, sculpture and installations by the 17 artists relate to the exhibition theme of concern about drilling or mining: heightened naturally, by the recently begun Statoil oil exploration along the Northland coast. “Orificia Coffee Table” by Kaikohe artist Sash is a flashing glitter display case at shin height. The viewer has to adjust their stance and focus before the ‘blue worm’ which threads through the multiple eyes of Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) is recognized. The gentle flashing light works both as warning and metaphor for the flux of the natural world. Masks hide and reveal: here they represent a multi-eyed essence that is open and vulnerable. In Sash’s other work, “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” an oil like ooze in continual flow, cascades over brightly painted and glittered rocks and texts.
Theresa Reihana’s paintings and prints address the theme of the environment in more painterly terms. One of her paintings, pictured above, shows a fracture in the kowhaikowhai pattern above a clock face from a bygone age. The broken up earth below is almost abstract. The three divisions are like three worlds: the future (spiritual, conceptual or material consequences, with a fault line in the pattern of the universe), the present (time undefined) and the past (what has been done to the earth).

Whenua II + I by Theresa Reihana

Detail Left to Right: Whenua II + I by Theresa Reihana, acrylic on plywood.

Each of the “Whenua” works by Theresa Reihana consists of two parts, the large face and a baby in a fetal position. Here “Whenua” is a powerful metaphor for what is missing between the two (in the Māori language whenua means umbilical chord). The gouged and ripped layers in plywood in the ‘earth mother’ indicate something is amiss, while the baby (each of us) floats disconnected.

Fossil Fuel by Gabrielle Belz

Fossil Fuel by Gabrielle Belz, intaglio print on paper, 1 in an edition of one.

The print “Fossil Fuel” by Gabrielle Belz is a playful reminder that resources are finite and part of an ecosystem. Some of her other prints, such as in “Kia Tupato” (Be Careful), have drawings or cartoons on plastic laid on top of the print.

Kia Tupato by Gabrielle Belz

Kia Tupato by Gabrielle Belz

The text in this work reads “Don’t wake Ruamoko,” a reference to the guardian or cause of earthquakes. Her other prints also warn of unnatural disasters as a result of mining or drilling and Bev Wilson’s painting below addresses the same topic.

Acrylic on canvas by Bev Wilson

“There’s a Frac/tion Too Much Friction (as Tim Finn
would say) yeah” acrylic on board, copper-coated nails, by Bev Wilson

Under the mountain red breaks out around fractures and intrusions, like wounds that are irritated.

Raranga by Te Hemoata Henare

Detail: Raranga, woven flax, by Te Hemoata Henare.

Raranga by Te Hemoata Henare consists of two 4 metre woven flax strips. A maro (a traditional apron or loin cloth that covers the pubic area) hangs in the middle flanked first by mountain patterns and then by river-like patterns. For a Māori person, acknowledging your mountain and river always comes before any mention of ancestry, so that identity is symbolically situated in connection with the natural world. The title refers to the technique and medium she has used but it could imply that the land or the natural world – the blank horizon above – is continuous and enduring. In the text about her work she refers to the whakatauākī (proverb), “Whatu ngarongaro te tangata, Toitu te whenua” (People perish but the land remains).

Manaia, acrylic on canvas, by Julien Atkinson

Manaia, acrylic on canvas, by Julien Atkinson

Detail of Manaia by Julien Atkinson

Detail of Manaia by Julien Atkinson

What makes this exhibition curated by Lau’rell Pratt and Theresa Reihana so stimulating is the diversity of media and styles and approaches.
Julien Atkinson’s five large canvases are exquisite, not just because of his fine use of colour and technique but in their fine balance between design, technique and the conceptual. From a conceptual perspective, the manaia, a hybrid guardian of spiritual and material worlds, stands as if about to pounce on us, should we dare to approach. This stunning creature, the manaia, perhaps mythical, or perhaps not if only we had eyes to see, stands there to protect the land. Through the body we can see a horizon – the land this creature is guarding. In terms of design and technique: there is a beautiful play between flat decoration and three dimensional illusion, and Celtic and Maori stylistic features, along with sci-fi or hyper-realism.

Ruru, acrylic on canvas, by Tinike Hohaia

Ruru, acrylic on canvas, by Tinike Hohaia

“Ruru” by Tinike Hohaia, like Julien Atkinson’s paintings, is a celebration of creation combining the decorative with the painterly. Ruru, Māori for a native owl (The morepork, Ninox novaeseelandiae) is associated with the spirit world in Māori mythology. It is believed that if a morepork sits conspicuously nearby or enters a house there will be a death in the family, and so like the manaia, this work could be read as a warning. In some traditions the ancestral spirit of a family group can take the form of an owl, known as Hine-ruru, the ‘owl woman.’ These owl spirits can act as kaitiaki (guardians) with the power to protect, warn and advise.

Over-painting by Nellie Para

Acrylic and photographic print on canvas by Nellie Para

Tinike Hohaia is one of nine artists in this exhibition who were students of Theresa Reihana’s marae noho (live-in workshops in a Māori setting) coordinated through the Northland branch of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (a nationwide Māori educational foundation whose courses range from beginners’ to university level). Some of the artists, such as the kuia (Māori elder) Nellie Para, another of Theresa’s students, are exhibiting for the first time.
Here Nellie Para has appropriated a photograph on canvas of the British actress, humanitarian, and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) by giving her a moko (tattoo), a tīpare (a Māori style headband) and a whakakai (an earring), against a sky that reminds me of psychedelic art. I loved it that an iconic western image from a bygone time has been coloured by a local elder.
Hidden	Destruction	and	 Devastation, acylic on canvas, by Ann Hui

Fore: Hidden Destruction and Devastation, acylic on canvas, by Ann Hui, Orificia Coffee Table, glitter, masks, LED lights + show case plinth, by Sash.
Back: two paintings by Julien Atkinson, three paintings by Bev Wilson, two paintings and two prints by Maarie te Mamaeroa Jane Ruys, and five ceramic objects by Rhonda Halliday.

Whispering Time (II) by Keatly Te Moananui Hopkins

Whispering Time (II), photogravue intaglio, by Keatly Te Moananui Hopkins.

Hinepukohurangi, acrylic on canvas, by Natascha De Swart

Hinepukohurangi, acrylic on canvas, by Natascha De Swart.
Artist statement: “The mist is a blanket for our land and rises as a blanket in our sky for our earth.”

Reading what the artists had written of themselves or their work gave me a sense of the diversity of Northland’s artistic and cultural communities. Many artists introduced themselves via whakapapa (their mountain, river, and tribal connections) followed by something about their work or approach. The format had not been standardized: some wrote of themselves being on a journey, others listed prior shows or galleries, and others provided statements in relation to their particular works.
 
Artists in the exhibition: Julien Atkinson, Gabrielle Belz, Graham ‘Tiny’ Dalton, Natasha De Swart, Rhonda Halliday, Te Hemoata Henare, Tinike Hohaia, Keatly Te Moananui Hopkins, Ann Hui, Keri Molloy, Kahu Reedy, Theresa Reihana, Maarie te Mamaeroa Jane Ruys, Sash, Alby Shortland, Nellie Para, Bev Wilson

The exhibition runs until January 20th 2015,
Kings Theatre, 80 Gillies St, Kawakawa.
Open daily: 10-4. Their facebook page.

The Big Draw Leiden

22 Sep

"One stem, one umbrella - we are all connected" drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff

“One stem, one umbrella – we are all connected” drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff


“The Big Draw Leiden” are diverse drawing related activities in the city of Leiden for 13-28 September 2014. One of these is “Teken Twee weken” (Draw 2 weeks). For a number of years now, Leiden artist, Christiaan van Tol has run a “daily drawing in today’s newspaper” – a kaleidoscope of current affairs through the drawn. “The Big Draw Leiden” city art gallery, The Lakenhal (the coordinators of the event) asked Christiaan to give a daily assignment for the drawing of the day which anyone could then upload on facebook using an upload + display application hosted by woobox. This weekend when I saw the assignment for ‘draw an umbrella’ and… out came what you see above.

0918_1539pawnshopOn the right is one of three drawings I made on shop windows. Roughly 20 shops in the city have drawings on the windows. This shop is a pawn shop but the “Give and Take” for me relates to the Bahai community as much as to the literal reference, which is why it is a 9 pointed star that appears above the hand.

Another activity I am involved in is the exhibition “Draw Smogasbord” of 16 prints on show above the entrance of the cafe/conference centre, “de tuin van de smid” in the rural park, Cronesteyn, Leiden.
This page has details of all the works.
If you click on a title you can view the work
.

“The Big Draw in Leiden” a life-drawing opportunity

2 Sep

Sketch of Tama (7 years), red biro, 2000, by Sonja van Kerkhoff.

Sketch of Tama (7 years), red biro, 2000.

Life-drawing with Sonja van Kerkhoff
Saturday, 13 Sept, 15.00 – 16.00
pre-registration + fee: 2 euro for the model.
Only 15 places guaranteed.
“De Tuin van de smid” meeting rooms/cafe, Cronensteyn.
Deadline for the booking: Sept 11 via sonjavank AT hotmail DOT com

As part of The Big Draw series of exhibitions and events in Leiden, Sonja will arrange for a model in traditional Dutch clothing for one hour in “de tuin van de smid” (google maps link) a cafe and meeting rooms in the middle of the Cronensteyn park.

You can come and draw as well or you can participate in the drawing lesson.

When you arrive (2.45) indicate if you wish to have a lesson from Sonja van Kerkhoff. Materials needed for the lesson: bring 1 or more sheets of a4 or a3 paper, a hardboard or cardboard for the paper, peg for holding the paper on the board, a pencil, conte or pen.
Contact Antoinette Voogd (link to come) if you wish to purchase drawing materials for the lesson from her.

Sonja van Kerkhoff (Born New Zealand, has lived in Leiden since 1999), teaches drawing by a way of looking at space. You learn how to see the spaces and to draw these rather than contours. Lines are not the focus and so you will be surprised how fluid the results are. Beginners or those accomplished in drawing are welcome. More about Sonja is here > www.sonjavank.com

Realtime murmurings – Mexico at the Venice Biennale

6 Sep
The former San Lorenzo church (Ex Chiesa di San Lorenzo) contains plinths from the first church built here in the 6-9th century. The current building dates from 1580-1616.

The former San Lorenzo church (Ex Chiesa di San Lorenzo) contains plinths from the first church built here in the 6-9th century. The current building dates from 1580-1616. More history about this building. Photographs: Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013.

Detail of the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in the former San Lorenzo church. Photograph by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013.

Detail of the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in the former San Lorenzo church.

Detail of the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in the former San Lorenzo church. Photograph by Sonja van Kerkhoff.

Detail of the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in the former San Lorenzo church.
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The San Lorenzo church, known for its acoustic qualities was last used in 1984 as a venue for the opera Prometeo by avantgarde composer, Luigi Nono.

“Cordiox,” by Ariel Guzik in the Mexican Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, 2013. Photo: Sonja van Kerkhoff.

“Cordiox,” by Ariel Guzik in the Mexican Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, 2013.
Photo: Sonja van Kerkhoff.

The Mexican presence at the Venice Biennale was a compact wooden platform which occupied about a quarter of the space inside the derelict San Lorenzo church at the edge of a large square, about a 10 minute walk from Saint Marco square.

This disused stone and brick building from 1580-1616, has been loaned to the Mexican Government for 9 years as an art and architecture venue on the condition that they renovate it. I think this is a brilliant step. Now Mexico has a semi-permanent location which involves bringing life back to a derelict building and the long term arrangement means that visitors in future years will find their way back to an ongoing project.

Stepping into the church, visitors were confronted with a heightened sense of the spatial. The wooden platform provided views down and around the rubble and ongoing repairs in the rest of the church. The wooden minimalist platform -the pavilion- within this historic shell functioned like a metaphor for the postmodern where layers and traces of the past coexist with the present continuous.

An ambiant sound work by Mexican artist, Ariel Guzik eccentuated this sensation of being in several time frames at once. The sounds from his “Cordiox,” a 4 metre high 180 string instrument, translated vibrations caused by any movment in the space into subtle sounds. Sounds that were simultaneously the sounds of the acoustics of this building, to which the artist had tuned his instrument. So what you experienced were the sights and sounds of this instant of your physical presence on this platform combined with this instance of the church’s acoustic interior. It was if the rubble was murmuring.

 
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Last week of “Film + Art” Leiden theatre + music in Galerie de pieter

29 Jun
Erik Olijerhoek reads post in POST theatre, all about the postmodern, with Gideon Roggeveen on the backstage at Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

Erik Olijerhoek reads post in POST theatre, all about the postmodern, with Gideon Roggeveen on the backstage at Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

openingstijden t/m 7 juli + supposten >>

Programma
Gratis entree en als je het goed vindt gooi wat in de pet daarna voor de makers

za. 29 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
19.00 Vroege muziek en hedendaagse versies van Feyen en Vermasse.
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: Dempsey speelt Dempsey
Leids band met eigen liedjes. www.dempsey.nl

zo. 30 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
17.00-19.30 Galerie is GESLOTEN
19.30: “Destination inconnu – Een postmodern reisverslag”
Jos van Broek verteld met dias
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: LUCHT van Levend Lijf, theater in beeld en beweging (www.levendlijf.nl).

dinsdag: 2 juli, 19.30 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 6 juli, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
20.00: Fields of Wonder voorstelling (www.fieldsofwonder.nl) + Bed Peace 2013 van Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.

zo. 7 juli
13.00 – 16.00: KETEL HAEZER met fragmenten IlIASZ
Geluidstheater live ‘chloor voor de oren’
van Klaas Bolhuis
20.00: Afsluiting POST
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl) Beperkt ruimte. Een boeking is nodig voor 7 juli.

de hele avond programma voor “film + kunst” >>

“Film + Art” theater en muziek avonden in galerie de pieter

17 Jun

openingstijden t/m 7 juli + supposten >>

Programma
Gratis entree en als je het goed vindt gooi wat in de pet daarna voor de makers

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, met videos van Theolijke Smit, Coen van der Geest + de Leiden International Short Film Experience.

dinsdag: 25 juni, 19.30 galerie is open met een interactieve projectie in de foyer, en de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: The Happy Acorns spelen alternatieve bluegrass, americana en alt country.
(facebook.com)
21.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

vr. 28 juni, 19.30 galerie is open met een interactieve projectie in de foyer, en de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
buiten het galerie in Leiden: De Lakenfeesten (lakenfeesten.nl).
21.00: De Recycling Act
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Kuiper|Berbée met muziek van “Vetschiller” (Vetschiller met Kuiper en Berbée op het Magneetfestival Amsterdam + Vetschiller’s YouTube-kanaal)
22.00: Post voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 29 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specifieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
19.00 Vroege muziek en hedendaagse versies van Feyen en Vermasse.
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: Dempsey speelt Dempsey
Leids band met eigen liedjes. www.dempsey.nl

zo. 30 juni, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
17.00-19.30 Galerie is GESLOTEN
19.30: “Destination inconnu – Een postmodern reisverslag”
Jos van Broek verteld met dias
20.00: Post
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).
20.45: LUCHT van Levend Lijf, theater in beeld en beweging (www.levendlijf.nl).

dinsdag: 2 juli, 19.30 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst met elf site-specieke ruimtes en meer door 25 kunstenaars.
20.00: Post tv uitzending met vraag en antwoord over het postmodernisme van Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl).

za. 6 juli, 13.00 galerie is open met de expositie film + kunst.
20.00: Fields of Wonder voorstelling (www.fieldsofwonder.nl) + Bed Peace 2013 van Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.

zo. 7 juli
13.00 – 16.00: KETEL HAEZER met fragmenten IlIASZ
Geluidstheater live ‘chloor voor de oren’
van Klaas Bolhuis
20.00: Afsluiting POST
voorstelling van Leids theatermakers Roggeveen|Olijerhoek (www.voornu.nl) Beperkt ruimte. Een boeking is nodig voor 7 juli.

Framing “Film + Kunst” in the old post office, Leiden

13 Jun

Site-specific installation by Robbert Pauwels.

Site-specific installation by Robbert Pauwels.

Detail in the "Film + Kunst" exhibition with work by Inge Reisberman, Adrian Faes, and Katharina Pohlmann.

Detail in the “Film + Kunst” exhibition with work by Inge Reisberman, Adrian Faes, and Katharina Pohlmann.

The exhibition “Film + Kunst” curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff plays with the idea of a frame or medium. It includes films made by artists, and art in response to a selection of films from the Leiden International Short Film Experience.

Eleven artists were invited to make site-specific installations in the old post office building. Catharina van Velden’s room of drawings, objects and video is a gesamtkunstwerk – you walk into the frame, while in the post office safe, Inge Reisbermann’s projection of a nocturnal cat patrolling its territory references the edges of the frame. In Astrid Moors’ room your touch on the interactive screen affects the framework around the protagonists inside the frame. And Klaas Bolhuis’ room changes the framework of the art gallery. His contribution is a functioning art library. You can rent the artworks he has on display, while Suzanne van Rossenberg’s series “A Room with a Lesbian view” is about the intangible. Her work is a conceptual process that unfolds along the walls.

POST theatre on May 31st by Erik Oijerhoek + Gideon Roggeveen in the garage area of the gallery.

POST theatre on May 31st by Erik Olijerhoek + Gideon Roggeveen in the garage area of the gallery.


Meanwhile in the back of the gallery, there is a constantly changing theatre and recording of the theatrical in the form of live takes, live interviews, video and installation by the duo, Roggeveen/Olijerhoek.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

Bed Peace 2013 by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff. Performers: Carmen McGlinn + Toroa McGlinn, 31 May.

On entering the show you encounter an empty bed and a collection of televisions.
Some show videos, some show static, some might not be functioning, and words have been painted onto some of the screens. A notice informs you that the televisions are in a constant state of flux and on your next visit there will be differing films on show and other televisions at work. This work “Bed Peace 2013” by Carmen McGlinn sets the tone for an exhibition which is as much about what is outside of the frame as inside. The show which includes works by 25 artists also features live theatre and performances by Roggeveen/Olijerhoek , Fields of Wonder, and De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee.

Artists:
Inge Reisberman, Fields of Wonder,Yoke Ferwerda, Daniëlle Celie, Barthel Brussee, Wendy van Baar, Robbert Pauwels, Christiaan van Tol, Katharina Pöhlmann, Suzanne van Rossenberg, Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, Erik Flikkensch​ild, Gideon, Roggeveen|Olijerhoek, Erik, Catharina van Velden, Coen van der Geest, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee, Iris Mechielsen, Christie Greeve, Loes van Dorp, Theolieke Smit, Emilie Gallier, Michel Siebes, Astrid Moors, Adrian Faes, Henk Hannemann. This page has links to their work >>

“Film + Kunst” @ Galerie de Pieter,
Breestraat 46 (Gallery website)
Open: Sundays + Saturdays (za + zo) 13 – 17.00, (vr) 21 June, 16-18.00
AND: from 7:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. with the following live events on:
25, 28, 29, 30 June, + 2, 6, 7 July.
Ook open op:
11, 25, 28, 29, 30 juni en 2, 6, 7 juli, 19:30-22.00

25 June: 19.30 Gallery is open.
20.00-20.30 concert: The Happy Acorns met acoustische meemrstemmige americana covers Concert by the Leiden acoustic folk music band, “The Happy Acorns”
21.00-22.00: meer: POST discussie, eten, workshoppen met Gideon, Erik + Sonja More “POST” discussion + workshop.

Kijk op de galerie rooster | The Gallery roster and opening times >>

Meer info over de volgende avonden in “Film+Kunst” komt binnenkort.
More details about the following evening events will be added soon.

28, 29, 30 June, 8 p.m.: Theatre by Gideon Roggeveen | Olijerhoek, Erik, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee and yet to be announced acts + interactive installaties by Sonja van Kerkhoff

Performance by Emilie Gallier at the opening.

Performance by Emilie Gallier at the opening.

2 July, 8-10 p.m.: Meer “POST” / More “POST” events.

6 July, 8 p.m.: Fields of Wonder

7 July, 8 p.m.: Theatre by Gideon Roggeveen | Olijerhoek, Erik, De Natte Wang/Kuiper en Berbee and yet to be announced performances + interactive installaties by Sonja van Kerkhoff