25 October 2013

WaiPrint, 1Nov-2Dec, Hamilton

WaiPrint is the 24th annual exhibition of works by Waikato printmakers,
hosted at Artspost Galleries in Hamilton
from 1 November to 2 December,
with an opening preview on Thursday 31 October at 5:30pm.

These new works by printmakers of the Waikato Society of Arts 
demonstrate a variety of techniques 
including etching, drypoint, woodcut, linocut, wood engraving, solarplate and collagraph.

24 October 2013

Ruth Davey, 1Nov-2Dec, Hamilton

Making Her Mark: 35 Years of Drawing and Printmaking by Ruth Davey
is being exhibited at Artspost Galleries in Hamilton
from 1 November to 2 December,
with an opening preview on Thursday 31 October at 5:30pm.

Ruth Davey

Ruth Davey has been making prints for over forty years. 
This exhibition shows a diverse range of subject matter, print processes and creative challenges 
and all are expressed strongly with a personal style 
and commitment to this ever-changing field of art.

12 October 2013

Proof Makers, 21Oct-13Dec, Hamilton

Proof Makers, an exhibition of 9 contemporary NZ Printmakers,
will be open to the public from Monday 21 October to Friday 13 December 2013
at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton
(Because you are my friends, I'll also let you know that there is an event preview 
at 6pm on Friday 18 October)

Featured artists are:
Carole Shepheard, Lynn Taylor, Neil Emmerson, Nicol Sanders-O’Shea, 
Olav Nielsen, Philip Carbon, Sam Harrison, Steve Lovett and Struan Hamilton
Curated by Steph Chalmers

Proof Makers is an introduction to innovative approaches happening in NZ printmaking. 
Works by these nine printmakers challenge conservative notions 
of what printmaking is and how it is constructed and presented. 
Proof Makers barely scratches the surface of contemporary printmaking practice in New Zealand.

 “These nine artists prove that printmaking is a contemporary medium 
that can compete with painting and photography,” 
says Waikato University Art Collection Curator Steph Chalmers.
“They push against common assumptions of what printmaking is and how it’s presented.”
Steph Chalmers, herself an artist with a Fine Arts degree in printmaking 
says she is committed to raising the profile of printmaking as a medium. 
“It’s hugely satisfying to be able to pull together a selection of significant contemporary printmakers
 to celebrate this broad and complex genre of art making.”

Olav Nielsen, The Magpies Said, 2013
Mezzotint, brass printers plate and print, 32x21cm

Steve Lovett, Clean Cut, 2013
Digital and screen print on cotton rag paper, 70x100cm

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, Per Diem, 2013
Screenprint and acrylic on board. Installation of 51 pieces.

This exhibition coincides with other print-based exhibitions at Arts Post Galleries in Hamilton: 
 Making Her Mark, a retrospective exhibition of the works of Ruth Davey 
(one of Hamilton’s most respected and prolific printmakers), 
Punctum (21 works from a CPCANZ group workshop lead by Carole Shepheard earlier this year),
and WaiPrint 2013 (the annual Waikato Printmakers exhibition). 
So go make a day of enjoying printmaking in Hamilton!

11 October 2013

First Impressions Prize Winners, til 9 Nov, Auckland

First Impressions National Printmaking Exhibition opened earlier this week
at Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay in Auckland.
This exhibition showcases printmaking from artists across New Zealand

For those of you who are out of Auckland, I thought you might like to see,
so here are some of the 60 works included in the show, and the prize winners:

 1st Prize: Struan Hamilton for Lebbeus Suite 1

Struan Hamilton, Lebbeus Suite 1
Viscosity etching

2nd Prize: Marty Vreede for Give Away

Marty Vreede, Give Away
Woodcut, wax, harekeke

3rd Prize:  Rosemary Mortimer for Paper On Paper: A Dialogue (Blue Version)
Rosemary Mortimer, Paper On Paper: A Dialogue (Blue Version)
Offset surface print
3 Merit Award Winners:

Sheree Stone for Untitled II (Substratum)
Kheang Ov for My Two Friends
Julia Ellery for Playing Possum

Sheree Stone, Untitled II (Substratum)

Kheang Ov, My Two Friends
Reduction woodcut

Julia Ellery, Playing Possum
Plate lithography

I felt that there was great diversity in processes and styles,
and a broad range of subject matter too - there is something for everyone!
It is open until 9 November, so I really encourage you to go see the exhibition if you can make it,
and while you are there also cast your vote for the 'People's Choice Award'.

Unfortunately I can't put all 60 works on here,
but here are few other interesting prints I enjoyed that you might like to see:

Bev Head, Untitled
Solarplate intaglio

Diane Harries, Landfall
Monoprint collage
Emma McLellan, Cloned Birds Room
Screenprint and painting
Mariette van Zuydam, Still Life with Turtle
Samer Hatam, Hard Lines

Images courtesy of artists and Mairangi Arts Centre
[PS. I will update this in a few days to add the judges' comments about the winners,
please check back soon to read more]

10 October 2013

Call for Entries: ImPressive IV Print Exhibition, by 14 October, Auckland

Just a quick reminder that Monday 14 October is the last day to submit work
for ImPressive IV (2013) printmaking exhibition,
the fourth annual Print exhibition at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, Auckland

The ImPressive IV exhibition will be on 24 October – 17 November
and is featured in the South Side Arts Festival. 

This year there is a concept theme for ImPressive IV: 
Te Moana Nui a Kiwa – The Great Ocean of Kiwa.
As a nation at the Southern end of the globe 
surrounded by the salt waters of the Pacific and Tasman, 
the sea is a major part of our lives and history. 
Printmakers are invited to interpret the concept through their chosen print process.

Prints must be the artist’s own work, 
should not have been made in a class, 
and must be hand pulled. 
No strictly digital prints will be accepted (mixed media print acceptable).

Works for the show will be selected.
Entry fee: $10 for up to three works per artist
Work to be delivered to Nathan Homestead by 14 October.
To get a copy of the entry form, contact Nathan Homestead

05 October 2013

ArtWeek, 11-20Oct, Auckland

ArtWeek is coming to Auckland from 11-20 October.

I just read that ArtWeek organisers are inviting people to contribute 
to a conversation about the exhibitions associated with ArtWeek.
Now is your chance to review an exhibition you find interesting 
(whether it takes your fancy or not)
 or to comment on exhibitions and the visual arts in New Zealand 
with a short article (200-600 words).

Winning entries selected by the ArtWeek panel of judges
— The best piece of writing each month wins a 2 year subscription to Art News.
— The best writing for the quarter wins editorial space in Art News next issue.

It is great to have this opportunity for us to dialogue about printmaking here in NZ,
so lets also take an opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas about printmaking with others.
Click here to go to the page to enter your thoughts: artweekauckland.co.nz/artzine/entry

Here are a few exhibitions that you may like to 'review':

Corban Estate Arts Centre, until 20 October
Kim Lowe is an artist and printmaker of New Zealand Chinese and Pakeha descent. 
Lowe’s latest exhibition features prints that allude to a fabricated family narrative 
based loosely on past events and snippets of her family's mixed history.

Kim Lowe, Making Waves with Clouds and Rain, 2013

Seed Gallery, Newmarket, from 9-26 October
John Pusateri’s manipulated (sometimes obliterated) images of birds 
comment on the complex history of animal preservation, speciation and extinction. 
He highlights the irony of living things destroyed in order 
that they are better known, catalogued, and preserved. 

John Pusateri, Night, Night, Night, Day

Mairangi Arts Centre, 9 October to 9 Novenber
This exhibition showcases printmaking from artists across New Zealand.

Black Asterisk, 11 - 31 October
International award winning printmaker Prue MacDougall presents 30 solar-plate etchings 
created for her solo exhibition in Cadaques, Spain, earlier this year.

Prue MacDougall, Unicorn, 2013

So set aside a little time to during ArtWeek to see one of these shows,
then go to the page to enter your review:

04 October 2013

Te Kowhai Print Trust Open Days, 11-12Oct, Whangarei

Te Kowhai Print Trust are holding some Open Days
from 10am-3pm on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October 2013

Visit TKPT at the Quarry Arts Centre (21 Selwyn Ave) and see what they’re all about. 
There will be print workshops and demonstrations 
in etching, woodcut, letterpress, wood type and screenprinting,
as well as a number of cool printing activities for the kids.

You can also screenprint your own t-shirt or tea towel
Between 10-11am on both Friday and Saturday, 
bring your own blank cotton T-shirt and we will help you screen print it. 
If you don’t have a T-shirt we have tea towels you can purchase and print too. 
There are some very cool designs you can choose from.

Did you know you can hire the TKPT studio facilities for $50 a day?!
That includes use of the press, and members get a 20% discount...
An individual membership subscription is only $35 per year 
and gives you discount on supplies, workshops, 
and your chance to input into the future direction of the trust.

If you live in or near Whangarei go check it out!
Also, Whangarei is near/far enough away from Auckland to make it an ideal destination 
for a weekend retreat or an art holiday with friends, it also has tons of great beaches...
I think I might drive up and check out the studio facilities.
Sounds like it will be a fun day, hope to see you there!

Check out www.tkpt.org for more information about Te Kowhai Print Trust.

03 October 2013

Prue MacDougall, 10-31Oct, Auckland

Black Asterisk is proud to present 30 solar-plate etchings 
created by International award winning printmaker Prue MacDougall 
for her solo exhibition in Cadaques, Spain, earlier this year.

Prue will present a floor talk in the gallery at 1pm on Saturday 19 October 
on her work and experience at Cadaques 
and as a speaker at IMPACT International Printmaking Conference in Scotland.