An interactive live cyberperformance by digital multi media artist Vicki Smith and collaborators as part of the Mobilise Demobilise International Digital Arts Festival.
Repose physically and virtually explores the shifting geographies of the Whakatū/Nelson coastal edge by introducing the lethal Victorian practices of crinolines and the application of the Cartesian grid. Three billowing figures trace current and historic paths, creating a tidal strandline through urban infrastructure and flooding carparks.
With thanks to processional performers Mel McColgan, Lyn Russell and Sally Shaw.
Refinery Artspace; GetFrocked, John-Paul Pochin, Faye and Karl Wulff.
KATHALEEN MARIE BARTHA
The defining elements of my work are line, form and movement.
In my observations of 'line' I find infinite possibilities, symbols and patterns.
And In their simplicity, lines are like metaphors guiding me to places where I often find my sense of freedom.
As Kandinksy’s theories state ‘the process always begins with a ‘POINT and LINE, to PLANE.’
I use free hand drawing as a ‘thinking tool’ to generate new graphic relationships and ideas. These drawn relationships are not thought out and planned beforehand ( unlike my architectural practice), but instead I utilise fast, repetitive, improvisation techniques
.... a kind of stream of consciousness.
One line will generate the next line. One group of lines will generate the next group of lines and so on and so on.
What comes before will generate what come next and that next action could be anything chosen in that moment.... something abstract, figurative or maybe surreal.
This process is used to generate sequences of composition to stimulate future drawing work and architectural work.
I am entirely drawn to these minimal shapes and forms that are stripped of colour, but which
are, I hope, still quietly insistent and determined to exist. There’s a void, or gap, between
how the work looks and the drivers that led to it being created. People talk about how
meditative and calm the work feels but I have a great deal of determination and focused
energy when I’m working. I like that there is this tension, even if it isn’t obvious to the
One artist that has a major influence on me is Donald Judd. He described his work as a
“simple expression of complex thought”. This sums up how I feel about my art practice.
Ano Me He Wharepuungawerewere is a Maori proverb that likens a beautifully carved or weaved house (Wharenui), to that of a beautifully and intricately weaved spider's web. This whakatauki can also be used to express or denote the ideas of a house full of spider webs, collecting dust etc.
Ano me He Wharepuungawerewere began as a woven sculptural object for Changing Threads 2021, inspired by the waiata Te Moemoea o Whakatū by Hone Nuku, by contemporary artist Samara Davis and has evolved into her first solo exhibition of intrinsically made objects exploring the marae and the whāriki (woven mat) as places for connection, understanding, Turangawaewae and the sharing of knowledge. You are invited to an artist talk Saturday 23rd October 1pm and you are invited for community engagement in an ongoing work with Samara every Tuesday and ongoing during the exhibition.
Unfortunately due to social distancing restrictions we have had to cancel the opening. Stay tuned for a closing celebration on November 6th
Sadly today we say goodbye to Maggy J's fabulous exhibition NO EXIT. I will miss the diaphumous Victorian nighties crocheted in copper wire made from solenoids from the Nelson Cathedral organ. If you missed Maggy's artist talk you can find it via this link...
At Alert Level 2 unfortunately the celebration that was planned for tomorrow 11 Oct for
NO EXIT Maggy J, He Me Wharepuungawerewere - Samara Davis
RE: - Stan Bowski, Richard Sellars & Kathaleen Bartha and Repose - Vicki Smith is cancelled.
We'd love to see you come and support these exceptional local artists and enjoy these extra special shows.
Samara Davis will be giving an artist talk Tuesday 12th 1pm & Saturday 23rd at 1pm.
Repose "live performance" as part of Mobilise/Demobilise Digital Arts Festival 15 - 17 Oct
is Saturday 16th Oct 11am.