Category: 2012

Matt Coldicutt

Flight of the Huia, Song of the Piopio

//  Thursday 2 August – Saturday 18 August 2012
// Opens, 6pm Wednesday 1 August

Thirty years on from Beuys’ 7000 Oaks, the last of the colonial project’s original oak trees—planted from acorns brought over from the Great Forest at Windsor and the Royal Oak at Boscobel, to mark the founding of Old Government House in 1856—fell on Auckland University’s Symonds Street campus, taking out part of the big white marquee, under which 399 graduates were to gather the next morning. As a quick solution to the untimely event, 156 years of oak from one of the two original oak trees in the north-west corner of Old Government House’s garden, was roughly chainsaw-cut into sections and rolled down the hill to the nursery, where it tentatively waited to become pulp for the surrounding University gardens.… Continue

D.A.N.C.E art club Studios

// Opening, 6pm Wed. 11/07

Auckland based art collective D.A.N.C.E. Art Club will transform RM Gallery into a production hub for the next two and a half weeks.  Their exhibition D.A.N.C.E. art club Studios is a live installation, set up to produce a half hour arts documentary covering two festival projects undertaken by the collective in May 2012. It will be screened on Auckland’s regional community television station, Triangle TV, on the closing night of the exhibition.

The two projects featuring in the documentary include D.A.N.C.E. FM 106.7, a live mobile radio station and public address unit at Erupt Taupo Arts Festival.… Continue

Adam Willetts

Stars In My Carpet Like Lumps of Porridge

// Opening, 6pm Wed. 20/06

// Thurs. 21/06 – Sat. 7/07/2012

Text by Tessa Laird in response to Adam Willetts’ exhibition


Postcards from Homo Maximus


The Homo Maximus system circles around the star 61 Cygni. This is the only star system in which humans have colonised every planet, hence it has been bequeathed a Tellurian Latin name indicating maximum human penetration. While the various groups of humanoids who have developed on these planets still reference their Tellurian origins, most of them have developed languages and cultures with few, if any, links back to Earth.… Continue

Christina Read

The Usual

some of the most interesting things in the world

// Thurs. 10/05 – Sat. 26/05/2012
// Opening, 6pm Wed. 09/04

Queen Christina of Sweden had a fully working miniature four-inch cannon built to fire tiny cannonballs at the fleas in her bedroom.

Viscount Colville always kept a spare glass eye in a little gold case suspended from his watch chain.

Florence Nightingale kept a miniature pet owl in her pocket; she took it everywhere.

The Roman Emperor Elagabalus dined on heads of parrots, flamingo brains, thrush brains and camel heels.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Sarah Rose

Between One and Another Turn

// Thursday 19 April – Saturday 5 May 2012
// Opening 6pm, Wednesday 18 April

Counting backwards,
We are an engine partnership
For a double acting rotative engine
Creating parallel motion
Towards steam and coin machinery
A push and pull
Ups and downs
In a close to straight line… Continue

Joe Prisk

Ex Ovo Omnia

This body of work explores how we mediate our experience of the world through images, things, and thoughts. Objects lifted from our day-to-day life become the stimulus for a foray of explorations around connected themes and ideas. With a focus on the encounter we have daily with mundane and extraordinary objects, this body of work attempts to open new perspectives on our experience of being in the world. The work employs photography, moving image, and painting.

— Joe Prisk, 20 March 2012

// Opening, 6pm Wed. 28/03
// Thurs. 29/03 – Sat. 14/04/2012
Text in response to the work by Ya-Wen Ho


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Kelsey Stankovich

Impersonations; An Exploration

// Opening, 6pm Wed. 28/03
// Thurs. 29/03 – Sat. 14/04/2012

The innate inhabitants of our everyday lives embody an archive of personal experiences about language and the real. When placed in unusual contexts or situations the innate signification of objects is reinvented. Hence, these objects become impersonators of a new lexicon that works to refresh tired attitudes to meaning in the quotidian.

A conversation is initiated; the object is a vortex of information that is refracting and reinventing itself in response to every thought, idea or speculation that is put upon it. The seemingly mundane is transformed into an enigmatic vessel that announces its presence by posing urgent questions and therefore commanding undue or perhaps overdue attention.