What's On at Northart in June

OPENS THIS WEEKEND
HARVEY BENGE: AIDE MEMOIRE & OTHER STORIES
2 to 20 June
Opening event 4pm Sunday 3 June
Artist in conversation 2pm Sunday 17 June
 
As part of the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography, Northart is revisiting one of the most compelling exhibitions the gallery has staged in its 20-year history. Internationally renowned camera artist Harvey Benge’s ‘Aide Memoire and Other Stories’ presents a number of images from the period Benge lived in Paris, first seen at Northart in 2002, in a fresh context, pairing them in counterpoint against work made in recent years, some as recently as February 2018. “[I find it] interesting to compare my contemporary ideas and the executional, formal aspects of my new work with images made earlier,” says Benge. “[It has been suggested by one critic] that I now make tougher images, on one hand visually simpler but on the other hand more conceptually loaded. You will need to be the judge of that.” Benge will be in conversation at the gallery at 2pm on Sunday 17 June with Ron Brownson, Senior Curator, New Zealand and Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

ON NOW
CHARLIE YANG: SAME SPACE
Runs till 17 June
Floor talk 2pm Monday 11 June
 
The chasm between cultures is explored with poignancy by Korean Kiwi chef and photographer Charlie Yang, whose show opened this week also as part of the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography. Yang uses his collection of images to share what it means to be a stranger who longs to find a second place to call home. He will give a floor talk (in Korean with an English interpreter) at 2pm on Monday 11 June.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
LOOKING AT COMPOSITION
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June
11am to 1pm
 
The photographs across all five galleries will provide reference for children in the June drop-in classes, as they learn about composition. After choosing a few works to focus on and seeing how the photographer has divided up the picture and placed objects, they will return to the Studio Space and have fun coming up with their own compositions on large paper, using crayon or pastel. Entry is by gold coin donation for these sessions, suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian.

IN THE WINDOWS
WORKS BY MICHAEL ANDERSON
7 to 22 June
 
The paintings and drawings by various Northart members currently in the gallery windows will be replaced on 7 June by a selection of striking works by Michael Anderson, whose painting process uses the language of abstract expressionism to investigate the interactions and properties of liquids and the surfaces they are applied to.

LATER IN JUNE
IAN MOORE:
25 June to 11 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 24 June
 
With a focus on colour and form, Ian Moore’s works in are based on chevrons – two lines that meet at one point. His central interest is in how they can indicate movement, protection, direction, containment and connection. “Colour speaks to our eyes, words to our ears. A soft tone can evoke a warm conversation,” he notes.

EXPLORING COLOUR
RAY WILKINSON
25 June to 11 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 24 June
 
Ray Wilkinson uses geometric imagery in his paintings, which seek to indicate how colour, texture and space can affect the emotional climate of a work. In several he compresses stripes close together, with bolder colour combinations suggestive of vigour and energy; in others fewer stripes placed wider apart convey a calmer and quieter atmosphere.

CUT UP ROUGH
SIOBHAN CROWLEY
25 June to 11 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 24 June
 
For her new show, Elam post-graduate student Siobhan Crowley exhibits two series of works created over the past 18 months: ‘Cut Up Rough’ and ‘Some Minor Disruptions’. In both her focus is on drawing and how much or how little information the viewer needs in order to participate, to find their own meaning in the piece. “What will the eye see or not see as it seeks to draw together its own drawing?” she posits.

EYES DOWN, STRAIGHT AHEAD
TREVOR NEWMAN
25 June to 11 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 24 June
 
For his first solo exhibition at Northart, Trevor Newman attempts through his works to answer the question: “Can painting really show us something else, take us on a journey that is not available elsewhere?” Towards that end he activates space, pushing the ‘how’ of painting. The backs of Newman’s artworks and the surface of the gallery wall are intended to interact, to “have a dialogue” with the viewer, encouraging them “to see the world through both a vertical and horizontal perspective that reflects the distraction of contemporary life”.

MATARIKI
FRANCES ATKINS
Window galleries
25 June to 22 July
Opening event 4pm Sunday 24 June
 
We celebrate the new beginnings that Matariki brings with an exhibition in the window space by Frances Atkins (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou), who participated in the gallery’s first Matariki show 12 years ago. That was the start of a close relationship between Northart and the Northcote-based painter, whose creative practice in recent years has traced the changing face of Maori. Viewable by day and at night under lights, works from Frances’ 2016 ‘Tekau’ exhibition will hang alongside new pieces produced especially for this show.

JUNE MOVIE NIGHT
6pm on Sunday 17 June
Studio Space
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
Our June art feature chronicles the professional and private life of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. Starring Selma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera, the biopic is a brutally honest depiction of a political, artistic and sexual revolutionary. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book.

SEMINAR SERIES
A WHAKAPAPA OF TRADITION
Ngarino Ellis
6pm on Sunday 24 June
Free event, donations welcome
 
In the next in our successful Winter seminar series, art history lecturer and award-winning author Ngarino Ellis examines the work of 20th century master carvers Pine and Hone Taiapa. Building on a whakapapa of carving from earlier generations, the brothers extended the work of the Iwirakau school of carvers from Ngati Porou. Involved in more than 100 projects, they carved, they taught, and they inspired new generations with their innovative approach to whakairo.

Gallery will be closed on Queen’s Birthday 4 June, and then closed for installations from 4pm Wednesday 20 June to 10am Monday 25 June.