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Recent Auckland Photography, currently in the galleries is a very appealing exhibition, with a broad and accessible collection of works from 12 participating photographers.

Land and seascapes, cityscapes, still lives and portraits all feature, as do film stills of explosions. Most works are on a large format: It is quite simply a stunning show, and well worth a visit or two. But you will have to be quick – it closes on Wednesday 12 June. Closing around the same date will be an exhibition of sculpture by Greer Twiss, Jim Cooper, Julie Ross, Madeleine Child and Graham Bennett.

Replacing the exhibitions, opening on Sunday 16 June, is another series of very fine exhibitions: Crossing Boundaries is a presentation of recent works by five Australian and five New Zealand artists who challenge traditional printmaking structures. While there may well be a couple of works hanging on the walls, most will be hanging from the ceiling, projecting from the walls, rising out of the floor, or sitting atop plinths. It promises to be a fascinating show and quite, quite different from local print making shows. Dr Carole Shepheard, one of the participating artists, will give a floor talk on Sunday 30 June at 2pm.

In galleries 4 and 5, opening on the same evening, three painters James Davidson, Rosemary Theunissen and Frank van Schaik are exhibiting under the collective title of Body and Soul. The layout template found on You Tube is the formal inspiration of Frank van Schaik‘s works, with a main image and a number of subsidiary relational images. His paintings make references to Art Cinema, German philosophy and European culture, all derived from You Tube. Rosemary Theunissen uses Google Earth to find images of houses which are the subject of her works. She notes that the Google camera is omnipresent and intrusive and fascinating to the voyeur in all of us. She is “intrigued by the imperfections that appear on the screen – greyed out blocks, blurriness and the distortion that arises from using a composite of images to create a single one” and reproduces these flaws to indicate that her subjects are filtered through a distant, digital lens. James Davidson’s paintings from a series entitled Back of Boogie Street are abstract and explore relationships between visual order and randomness, as well as between surface and depth. The grid like pattern and variety of shapes and colours evoke cityscapes, referencing the randomness of jazz music superimposed on an ordered chord structure and the title indicates his debt to the Dutch master painter Mondrian.

The Winter Seminar Series continues during June, with film-maker Nova Paul discussing her approach to film making and the ideas and techniques behind her work on June 19. Senior Curator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Mary Kisler will give a not-to-be missed talk on “My Ten Favourite Artworks form the Auckland Art gallery collection” on 3 July. Gallery Time for Kids continues at 11am every first and third Sunday of each month.

Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street,

Northcote Shopping Centre
Phone 09 480 9633

Northart is supported by Auckland Council and the
Birkenhead Licensing Trust and is open 10am – 4pm daily, evening viewings by arrangement. Admission is free.

by Channel Editorial