The first week has gone by so quickly..although technically it’s been only four days since I started this blog. Here’s a summary of this week’s highlights:
- The story behind Urban Viti
- Exhibitions: Art of the Pacific Islands in Suva, Fiji; Blood’s Thicker than Mud in Manukau, New Zealand; John Pule – Hauaga (Arrivals) in Wellington, New Zealand.
- Home decor: Bula on my bookshelf
- Suva’s getting sexy in the city – Movie premier of Sex in The City 2
- Hip Hop Lives Here – King Kapisi
Coming up over the next few days will be highlights of my recent trip to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMa) in Brisbane. They currently have a display of Pacific jewellery from the Gallery’s Collection and focuses on the diversity of media used by artists to create both lei/salusalu and other forms of body adornment.
Sofia Tekela-Smith | New Zealand b.1970 | Untitled (from
‘Lovely hulahands’ series) 2002 | Mother of pearl and
waxed thread | 44cm (long); breastplate: 13 x 17.8 x 2.5cm
Image via GoMa
GoMa also has on exhibition Unnverved: The New Zealand Project. ‘Unnerved’ explores a particularly rich dark vein that recurs in New Zealand contemporary art and cinema. Psychological or physical unease pervades many works in the exhibition, with humour, parody and poetic subtlety among the strategies used by artists across generations and genres.
Lisa Reihana | Ngāpuhi: Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu |
New Zealand b.1964 | Dandy (from Digital Marae 2001–ongoing)
2007 |Digital colour print on crystal flex paper on aluminium
ed. 2/5 | 200 x 120cm | Image via GoMa
Till next time, have a great week!