FYI – Yllwbro and Ursula Christel at Pah Homestead

FYI – Yllwbro and Ursula Christel – represented by Mokopōpaki – have two new exhibitions showing now until 7 August, at Pah Homestead in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland: Little Dog Laughed by Yllwbro and Right Ascension by Ursula Christel.

Mokopōpaki, a Māori-focused space, hosting intelligent exhibitions, collaborations and conversations, will be presenting a solo exhibition of works by Roman Mitch at the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair in November.

Sibling artist collaboration Yllwbro reflect on a formative learning experience that first introduced them to the science of astronomy. As small children, Yllwbro were encouraged by their Koro to “Titiro ake!” or “Look up!”  In Little Dog Laughed the artists remind us of the beauty of the night sky and the insight to be gained when our consciousness is raised.

South of the cluster known as Matariki, Yllwbro pursue the spirit of the New Year exploring “Te Kāhui Takurua” or the star fields present in “Canis Major – Big Dog”, and like “Canis Minor – Little Dog”, who laughed, Yllwbro invite us to “Titiro ake! Look up!” and see the stars ourselves.

Yllwbro is an anonymous sibling artist collaboration. Big sister and little brother. Wētā and Kōkako. They are walking along a road often travelled by others having left their tiny studio. Taking with them only good humour and their fondness for each other, a maxed-out credit card, mobile phone and the most serious intentions in the world.

Yllwbro’s work is represented in public collections including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection and The Wallace Arts Trust. Mokopōpaki exhibition history: The Dutch Embassy (with PĀNiA! and A.A.M. Bos); Household Hints: Ahikaea (2019); Piripoho (with Billy Apple); WARY–A Survey (with A.A.M. Bos) (2018); Brown Room Subtraction (with Billy Apple); Other Perspectives; Little Dog Laughed (2017).

In this tableau, Warkworth based social practice artist and inclusion advocate Ursula Christel explores a number of astronomical connections. The artist’s first name is often associated with the Northern Hemisphere constellation Ursa Major or the great mother bear, who, in European myth, keeps vigilant watch over her vulnerable cub Ursa Minor, the baby bear. In the exhibition Right Ascension, Ursula references the essential “α” (lowercase α for Alpha) or primary coordinate required to set a telescope accurately and view objects in the night sky. She also proposes the possibility of a new, more equitable “space” – a realm where those with disabilities are elevated, respected and valued as stars in their own right.

Mokopōpaki exhibition history: Chess (with Roman Mitch) (2020); HĀTEPE (2019); Mother Love: He Oha nā Te Whaea (2018); Korekore Whakapiri; Other Perspectives (2017).

 

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Images: (Left) Ursula Christel, isos, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mokopōpaki. Photo: Arekahānara. (Above) Yllwbro, NGC 2362, 07.31h24.95s, Canis Major, 2017. Courtesy of the artists and Mokopōpaki.

FYI – Gerold Miller at Starkwhite

FYI – Gerold Miller (b. 1961 Germany, lives and works between Berlin, Germany and Pistoia, Italy). Miller’s debut exhibition at Starkwhite, (open now in their Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland gallery) presents the largest display of his Monoform series to date. A group of artworks made of horizontally hung beams that talk directly to the galleries architecture, whilst exploring the concept of an open structure. Alongside these is a group of the artists “paintings” comprising his notorious Sets, Instant Vision and Total Object series. These works are made with aluminium or stainless steel substrates, coated in either matte or glossy lacquer to present finely shaded gradients and bold monochromatic tones.

Miller is known for both his “sculptural” works which discuss architectural and spacial properties and his aluminium and steel “paintings,” which explore the rudimentary basis of both painting and sculpture as practices.

This exhibition, sees him oscillate between image, relief, sculpture, and architecture, all radically (and precisely) reduced to a composition of colour, line, shape and form. Miller’s practice is one of space and time, stagnancy and movement, subject and object, where viewer and work merge into one unified artwork.

Gerold Miller’s work will be included in Starkwhite’s presentation at the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair, later this year.

Image credits: (Top, left-right) Gerold Miller, set 507, 2018 Laquered stainless steel 60h x 48w x 3.50d cm. set 508, 2018. Laquered stainless steel 60h x 48w x 3.50d cm. set 510, 2018. Laquered stainless steel 60h x 48w x 3.50d cm. (Above, left-right) installation image featuring Gerold Miller at Starkwhite, Auckland. Gerold Miller, I love Kreuzberg1, 2006 Digital print, framed in black. Monoform 71, 2018. Six laquered aluminium angles 15h x 300w 15d cm. Images courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite.

FYI – Haydens gallery and studio complex from Naarm/Melbourne

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Haydens is a gallery in Brunswick, run by Hayden Stuart alongside a well established artists studio complex.  We look forward to Haydens’ debut at the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair in November.

Established in 2018, the gallery focus has been to support a new generation of artists by facilitating private and institutional acquisitions, providing opportunities to invest in the experimental, critical, and socially engaged art practices which shape the landscape of contemporary art in Australia.

Marking a significant commitment to the development of contemporary art, Haydens have recently announced representation of five early career artists – Guy Grabowsky, Amalia Lindo, Sebastian Temple, Jacqueline Stojanović and Tim Wagg.

Each of these artists have been involved in their exhibition program since the beginning, and ongoing support will continue to be provided through collaborative exhibition making and an expanded creative direction. Motivated by their varied approaches to art making Haydens looks forward to assisting the development of their dynamic practices into the future.

The current exhibition Represented Artists, features a selection of works by these artists.  For more information, and to see a catalogue of works, contact the galleryRepresented Artists closes Saturday 25 June in Naarm/Melbourne.

Guy Grabowsky is a Naarm/Melbourne based artist working with unconventional analogue and digital photography techniques. He utilises a hybrid and expanded field of photography and image making — manipulating the photographic print’s intrinsic surface to alter the expectations and perceptions associated with the constructs of the ‘photograph’ and ‘image’.

Amalia Lindo is multi-disciplinary artist based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. Incorporating human and algorithmic decision-making to the practice of filmmaking, her video and installation practice explores the impacts of human-machine interaction as a result of automation. By aggregating video material from social networking and crowdsourcing platforms, her work examines how automated technologies displace human labour by blurring the boundaries between work and consumption.

Jacqueline Stojanović lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne. She is a visual artist engaged with an expanded textile practice that considers histories of the handmade through the processes of weaving, drawing, and installation.

Sebastian Temple – also based in Naarm/Melbourne, combines ceramics and drawing with materials that are available at hand. This includes old detritus, raw materials, and scraps pilfered from previous works which marinate together in a state of continuous becoming.

Tim Wagg is an artist currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2013 and was a McCahon House Resident in 2019. Working across various mediums including video, installation, and digital printing, Wagg’s work explores the intersections of politics, identity and technology within the context of New Zealand.

Images: (Top) installation image featuring Guy Grabowsky, Sebastian Temple, Amalia Lindo, Jacqueline Stojanović, and Tim Wagg. (Above) Installation image featuring Jacqueline Stojanović. (Grid, left-right) Guy Grabowsky, I need everything before I can do anything, 2022, 112 x 140 cm, Hand printed analogue C-type photographic print, framed. Jacqueline Stojanović, Grid XII, 2022, 90 x 90 cm, Wool and cotton on steel mesh. Sebastian Temple, Giant Bin #2, 2020, 28 x 28 x 36cm, Glazed ceramic. Tim Wagg, Stumbling alongside one another #3, 2018, 32 x 42 cm, Digital print on charmeuse silk, silber chain, acrylic, spray paint. Images courtesy of the artists and Haydens. Photography by Christo Crocker.

2023 Gallery applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2023 Aotearoa Art Fair which will take place from 1 – 5 March 2023 at The Cloud on Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s CBD waterfront.  We invite applications, not only from galleries across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, but also from the wider Pacific Rim region.

As New Zealand and the world re-open after nearly three years, we are seeking ambitious applications for 2023 from both new and existing galleries, that are materially different from the presentations planned for the postponed 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair (to be held in November).  Our ambition continues to be to showcase some of the best art being made in the Pacific Rim region and as a small Fair, we are pleased to be able to focus on quality of content.

The last iteration of Aotearoa Art Fair—held in February 2021—was testament to the strength of the New Zealand market.  Despite being held in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when NZ borders were closed to international visitors, the 2021 Fair generated a record NZ$10 million of art sales for the 38 participating galleries and their artists. We anticipate continued sales growth at the Aotearoa Art Fair in both 2022 and 2023, as New Zealand’s borders reopen to the rest of the world, and collectors start to travel again.

A copy of the 2021 Post-Fair Report is available on request, please email applications@artfair.co.nz.

To receive a prospectus and application form for the 2023 Aotearoa Art Fair, please email applications@artfair.co.nz.  Applications will close on Friday 29 July 2022. 

If you have any questions, or would like to talk with us about the Aotearoa Art Fair, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Stephanie Post and Hayley White
Co-directors

Introducing He Iti

We are delighted to welcome He Iti and six emerging galleries and their artists to the Mezzanine of The Cloud for Aotearoa Art Fair from 16-20 November 2022.

He Iti, is a name gifted to the Fair, by Hoea! Gallery (Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne) for the section of new galleries and artist-run-spaces.

In what has the potential to be an overwhelming or intimidating environment for ourselves and other small or new galleries, we wanted the space to have a name that made us feel comforted, safe and acknowledged. He iti, refers to the whakatauki Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu which suggests that though something might seem small or insignificant it may in fact be the greatest treasure. It speaks to inclusion and an altering of power dynamics.’ – Hoea! Gallery 2021

Hoea! Gallery will be joined in He Iti by The Den (Ōtautahi Christchurch) and mothermother (Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland), along with three new galleries from Naarm Melbourne; Futures, Haydens and Discordia.

To support these emerging and experimental artists at the Fair, purchase your tickets online and save on the door pricing.

GALLERIES AT THE 2022 ART FAIR

We are delighted to announce the 40 galleries participating in the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair. We look forward to welcoming 9 international galleries from Australia and Rarotonga, joining 31 galleries from across Aotearoa from 16-20 November at The Cloud.

Tickets for the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair are on sale now!

Image: Installation view of the Michael Lett and Fine Arts, Sydney, stand at the 2021 Auckland Art Fair, featuring works by Michael Parekōwhai and Gretchen Albrecht, photo courtesy Luke Foley-Martin.

COVID FAQs

Is the Aotearoa Art Fair going ahead in 2022?

The Art Fair can take place under the Orange COVID-19 Protection Framework. Under the Red COVID-19 Protection Framework the Art Fair is unable to take place, and an official announcement on cancellation or postponement will be made.

 

What if we move to the Red COVID-19 Protection Framework?

Unfortunately the Art Fair cannot take place under the Red setting. Should we move to Red all ticket holders will be contacted and offered a refund or the option to transfer their tickets to new dates.

 

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Art Fair?

Current Government requirements do not require visitors to the Fair to be vaccinated. This is subject to change should advice from the Government be updated.

 

Do I need to wear a mask?

We strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings at the Fair.

 

Will there be contact tracing?

Current Government requirements do not require visitors to the Fair to scan the NZ COVID Tracer QR code. This is subject to change should advice from the Government be updated.

 

What if I’m sick?

We kindly ask you to stay home if you are feeling unwell, and call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your health care provider if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Any other questions?

Please email hello@artfair.co.nz and we will assist with your query.