10 must-see exhibitions in October
In October, Warren Feeney is delighted to discover that contemporary Pacific art brings five exhibitions to life in Ōtautahi, the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize winner presents an exhibition of new work, and the DIY attitude of the artists of Flying Nun is the key. to the success of Hellzapoppin ‘!
1. Hellzapoppin ‘! The art of the flying nun, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, corner of Worcester Blvd and Montreal St. In 1981, the art of Flying Nun seemed to be an outsider. No one could have imagined asking: is there an art history context for Flying Nun? But time has seriously supported the music, record covers, posters and videos of Flying Nun. His do-it-yourself anarchic spirit is fundamental to his inspiring attitude, confirming that while France may have its history on Impressionism, Christchurch has its own exceptional art history, all about Flying Nun. September 17 – November 28.
2. Marc Braunias, In search of the saccharin underground, Jonathan Smart Gallery, 52 Buchan Street, Sydenham. The recent winner of the Parkin Drawing Award, the successful entry of Mark Braunias, In search of the Saccharine Underground, is also the title of his exhibition. Braunias was a fitting winner, the fundamentals of his art hinged on ‘taking a line for a walk’, with judge Sarah Farrar commenting that Braunias’ art and his’ raspy energy are unstoppable and hard to ignore ‘. October 8 – November 20.
3. Spring surfaces, Eastside Gallery, 388 Worcester St. Spring is here and Spring surfaces is a group show celebrating the occasion through a range of media and strategies by Alix Ashworth, Magdelane Clare, Joe Clarke, Linda James, Sage Rossie and Helene Olivia Smith. Rossie’s My body is my vehicle and his awakening figures are both photography and performance, revealing the enduring influence of 1970s conceptual art and its ability to continue to surprise and challenge. October 1 – November 5.
4. Tony de Lautour, Market of the senses, NMG, Wynn William House, 47 Hereford St. Over the past decade, geometric shapes, squares, rectangles and triangles have presided over Tony de Lautour’s paintings, disguised as curious entities. More and more, the spaces between these enigmatic forms have continued to expand, drawing attention to their stillness and calm and increasing the pleasure of meeting again with an artist whose practice continues to reconsider itself anew. 1-30 October.
5. iLakolako ni weniqia: an exhibition of the Veiqia project, The Physics Room, 301, rue Montréal The Veiqia project brings together artists, curators, researchers and academics: Dr Tarisi Sorovi-Vunidilo, Margaret Aull, Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme, Joana Monolagi, Dulcie Stewart and Luisa Tora. Their intentions are specifically recognized in three ancestral female matakau figures sculpted by Aull, their presence “breathing life” into the gallery and implicitly the spaces beyond. Indeed, its success is arguably measurable in four additional exhibitions of Pacific art in nearby galleries. September 25 – October 31.
6. Richard Elderton, Beyond the surface, The Den, 181 High St. Beyond the surface is Richard Elderton’s first solo exhibition and a series of paintings that confirm his transition from purely abstract to figurative. Or are they doing it? Externally, Beyond the surface promises a view of land and nature – but avoids delivery, acknowledging our expectations and insisting that time can be better spent in an experiment on paint, color, surface, form and space, and painting as its own tangible reality. September 28 – October 18.
7. Michael Michaels, Beginning of life II, Chamber Gallery, Rangiora Library, 141 Percival St. Michael Michaels is a ceramic sculptor who does work as conceptual as it is on his physical presence, his artistic practice sharing his attitude with a group of dedicated artists that includes Madeleine Child and Cheryl Lucas . The Beginnings of Life II sees him complete a previous series of 23 years, his animated and overly human subjects inviting comparison with the anthropomorphic ceramic figures of Picasso. Oct. 3 – Nov. 4
8. Maurice Lye, Back home, PGgallery192, 192 Bealey Ave. Back home is the first solo exhibition of photographer and designer based in Ōtautahi Maurice Lye since 2009. Interviewed by Photo Forum in 2019 he described himself as an introvert, but that’s somewhat erased, his photographs highlighting our unexpected associations with places and spaces and the meaning of such relationships in our lives. October 19 – November 11.
9. Chauncey Flay, His first exhibition in Christchurch, The central art gallery. Te Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Center, 2 Worcester Blvd. The artist as an alchemist is rooted in Western art and popular notions of material transformation. Artist Chauncey Flay fits the Alchemist’s description perfectly, exhibiting objects, designed and made in coral, grauwacke marble, stainless steel, brick, stone and argillite, their transformation testifying to a philosophy on the relationships of the humanity with place, belonging and the material world. October 14 – November 14.
10. Mitchell Bright, Same: In the same place, Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury. In late 2019, photographer Mitchell Bright traveled across the United States, visiting places he had “looked at countless times through the lenses of some of my biggest influences …” – which explains the ironic title of the exhibition. Mitchell’s images of the American landscape are very much like home, the silence, stillness, and expansive views of the land, revealing another irony – the must-see evidence of industry and commerce, an uncommunicative presence and thoughtfulness. frightening about the state of the planet Earth. September 24 – October 22.