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Arapeta Ashton

Arapeta Ashton
HOME SWEET HOME
14 September – 8 October 2022

Home Sweet Home is an queer ontological experiment by multidisciplinary creative Arapeta that pulls together a plush collection of deeply considered movements, experiences and koorero, together into a new landscape in which dance, song, koorero, kapa haka and whatu kaakahu all come together to generate wholly new environment, with a foundational purpose of pure enjoyment. Like seafoam, churned up from the colliding of waves and tides, the birth of an entirely fresh experience can build outwards towards new discoveries.

Text by Divyaa Kumar. Read the full essay.

Abigail Aroha Jensen

Abigail Aroha Jensen
R. BOUDOIR
14 September – 8 October 2022

Black mould tracing kōwhaiwhai, pūngāwere miro the silk threads that dress her chandelier. She belongs to an ephemeral estate. She re-imagines ngā taonga tuku iho, catching threads of tukutuku in order to ascend the pou-tame-hine. It’s whakaahuatanga. – transformation in the face of adversity, towards whakakotahitanga – reintegration of time and space. Romantic she is. It’s all very decadent. Sickly sweet.

Please join us to mark the opening of 𝓡.𝓑𝓸𝓾𝓭𝓸𝓲𝓻 this Wednesday 14th September. Une memento o te Whare. Mā te wā, taku Aroha x


Angel C. Fitzgerald and Zac Small

Angel C. Fitzgerald and Zac Small
BETWEEN TWO ENDS
10 August – 3 September

between two ends is a new collaborative exhibition by Angel C Fitzgerald and Zac Small opening August 10th at 6pm at RM Gallery. The show comprises sculptural, photographic and video elements with a two channel film starring Bebe Gall.

Angel C Fitzgerald is an artist, writer and filmmaker living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Through their work they seek to articulate personal subject matter, with recent films focusing on love, heartbreak, friendship and transition. They’re invested in the emotional dimensions of cinema with a focus on poetic and visual storytelling. Their work has been exhibited at Artspace Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; play_station, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington; Window Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland; and Blue Oyster Project Space, Ōtepoti Dunedin. Angel is also a facilitator at play_station space.

Zac Small is an artist currently living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Within his largely sculpture-based practice he explores material systems and how they speak to the world around them. Through the detailed manipulation of surfaces, objects and spaces he questions ideas of authenticity, meaning and relation.

Bebe Gall is a textile designer living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Her material research focuses on the lost and complex relationships between our bodies, material and nature, through producing and manipulating materials that invoke conversation and physical interaction between beings.

Poster design by Aleisha Marinkovich

Ashleigh Tuck

Ashleigh Tuck
UNBEARABLY CLOSE
10 August – 3 September 2022

Unbearably Close is an exploration of breath, materiality and the natural/unnatural divide. An invitation to engage with the man-made, the soft, puckered and malleable. Forms in flux, pushing and folding against the walls, competing for space, then, giving over to gravity and sleep. Human determination despite our fleshy fragility might be recognised in this unnatural and imperishable plastic gaining stretch marks and split seam orifices. It’s close but also “other”.

Giulio Laura

Giulio Laura
A CONSUMER’S GUIDE, POWERED BY MATERIAL POLITICS
7 July – 30 July 2022

Consumption1 is the utilisation of any object in whatever form they may be. A counter gesture against disposal, rather than throwing something out at the point of obsolescence. Problem solving as a way to rejuvenate objects if broken, useless or out of date. Mending them, Mining2 them for their parts, recontextualising them to make something new. Appropriating discarded materials as a method of playful cultural Consumption neglects the idea of ownership in favour of reparation. An attempt at reframing what Consuming means, re-appropriating the power of depletion. Consumption is as a counter gesture against disposability.

1 Consumption: The utilisation of objects to their full material possibility, disregarding the idea of obsolescence.

2 Mine/mining: The collection/extraction of collectable waste.

Iann An

Iann An
CIVIC BALM
7 July – 30 July 2022

What lies beneath the surface of our civilised skins, metaphorically and physically? Civic Balm investigates various states or capacities of a body while seeking to dismantle socially constructed notions of a ‘healthy’, ‘able’ and ‘perfect’ body. The individual pieces can be seen as fragmented, monstrous, injured, ugly, strange, and perhaps even frightening, but as intimidation fades it may be replaced with familiarisation, and bit by bit, we may recognise death as a friend.

Wesley John Fourie, Taarn Scott & Hana Pera Aoake

Wesley John Fourie, Taarn Scott & Hana Pera Aoake
THE FUTURE OF DIRT
1st June – 25th June 2022

Through utilising the depositories of knowledge inherent in the whenua we are interested in how through art making we might explore our relationship to place, belonging and the historical and geographical tensions that exist within our bodies. These tensions are made manifest by thinking through the relation between being tangata tiriti and tangata whenua, and how through the physical and material embodiment of the places we live, we might find ways of coming together and understanding ways of upholding kaitiakitanga together. Given the whakapapa of uku (clay) it is important to us to think through its impermanence when unfired and acknowledge that it is everywhere, providing the building blocks of many life forms. By firing clay, utilising earth pigments for paint or simply presenting it as is or as dried powder, Hana, Taarn and Wesley look to explore some of all that it is.

Jade Townsend, Emiko Sheehan, Kei te pai press, Motoko Kikkawa, Sean Miles, The Angela Morton Room, Aroha Novak, Zoe Black, Lisa Meto Fox, Jimmy Ma’ia’iSpecial words by Talia Marshall and Keri Hulme

Jade Townsend, Emiko Sheehan, Kei te pai press, Motoko Kikkawa, Sean Miles, The Angela Morton Room, Aroha Novak, Zoe Black, Lisa Meto Fox, Jimmy Ma’ia’i
Special words by Talia Marshall and Keri Hulme
AFTER US, EVERYTHING
1st June – 25th June 2022

After us, everything takes it’s name from the poem PAPATŪĀNUKU E TU! by the late Kai Tahu poet, Keri Hulme. This is a show or rather a conversation between friends about water, whenua and ways to share and the responsibility of leaving this world a little better than when we came.

Poster designed by Priscilla Rose Howe

brunelle dias, Llenyd Price & Gitanjali Bhatt

brunelle dias, Llenyd Price & Gitanjali Bhatt
LOCAL MIGRANT
5th May – 21st May 2022

This exhibition explores the Tauiwi/migrant encounters of the artists operating within their everyday ecology, and shares their acquisitions in tandem, inviting viewers to also spectate their relationship with their environments.

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