Artbank is a weekly arts magazine show run as a collective by artists and writers active in the Auckland arts community and beyond. We are independent of any art institutions, galleries or funding bodies. We therefore aim to provide a unique and engaged perspective with a view to proving our audience access to a few of the multiple voices of the arts communities in Aotearoa.
This week on Artbank we spoke to Sara Cowdell about the inaugural Performance Art Week Aotearoa, which took place down in Wellington from the 8th to the 12th of November. We also had an in-depth discussion with Fidalis Beuhler regarding the exhibition he has curated for NorthArt gallery : Connect | Disconnect | Reconnect We also listened to some Fresh Prince (with DJ Jazzy Jeff), and some Prince Nelson Rogers!
This week we continue with another installment of BLOODBANK... This time we have worked with Eddie Clemens to make a radio documentary that reflects on his 2014 work WES CRAVEN MARINA, process art,and his time in Japan...
This week we talked to Australian/NZ artist Wanda Gillespie, who's upcoming show "Levitation Practice: Lesson 2" will feature as a part of Artweek. We talk about her wood sculptures, invented artefacts, and her photography of stretched out mopeds. Her show will be at Artists Allience in Ponsonby, Opening next Saturday. Plus cool tunes!
This week we talked to contemporary moving image expert Erika Balsom, who just finished a curatorial residency at the Govett-Brewster gallery in New Plymouth. We also spoke to Artbank co-host Nadine about the relational aesthetic performance Bite Me, that she participated in at Lowtide on K a Road, and played some great tunes.
Dream Team is a series of paintings by Auckland artist Christina Pataialii. Her grouping of Tupac, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Mike Tyson is an experiment in retrospective construction of former heroes. In making a series of contrasting narratives, colours and styles, Pataialii allows herself "to now be faced with questions around awkward searches for cultural identity, racial and gender stereotypes and the existence/influence of The American Dream in suburban Auckland."
We also hear from Artbanker Nadine Paredes about her recent trip back to the Philippines, and her own searches for cultural identity through painting.
Pati Solomona Tyrell’s sensationaal St Paul St show Fāgogo is discussed this week. Sione Monu, Pati Solomona Tyrell, and Manu Vaea caught up with Rachel for a chat. Fāgogo in Sāmoan refers to fables that are told to people in a shared context. The receiver of a fāgogo is vested with an expectation to pass on the story, making it their own and then passing it on. This oral tradition is sustained from generation to generation and acts as a transmission tool for ideology but also as a genealogical archive for shared historical and cultural context. A fāgogo can mirror the real world in ways that transcend contemporary life, through cultural imperatives that pre-date Western beliefs and value systems.
Mike Kelly called him the most important post-psychedelic artist... This week Theo interviewed one of the “truly original voices of American comics, Gary Panter. His latest comic - Songy of Paradise is an inspired interpretation of John Milton’s retelling of the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan after being baptized by John the Baptist and fasting for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Panter’s version doesn’t rely on Milton’s words, but faithfully follows the structure of Milton’s Paradise Regained, with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure. Stay tuned to Artbank to hear about this epic new work from the artist’s mouth.