I recently spent some time with my friend writer Megan Dunn discussing my new book. Our chat has now been posted on the Wellington City Gallery website and you can read it here. I held a terrific launch event hosted by Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington, so there are about 30 or so copies floating about town in the hands of friends and colleagues, but official release of the book is in February. The book can be pre-ordered from the University of Chicago's website as well as a number of other online sources. If ever you are one of the kind few who has been reading entries on this blog, you might have noticed that it went dark over the past year. This was largely due to finishing up the major book project, other work commitments, and preparations for other writing projects. I do hope to post some entries more regularly, but have turned to FB and Twitter to share most news and info.
The 2016 CIRCUIT CAST (translation: podcast) is now online with host Mark Amery and guests Nina Tonga, Nathan Pohio, and myself. Some technical difficulties such that another stellar participant curator Melanie Oliver became inaudible, as are the issues with recording on the fly a few days before Xmas in a bustling Irish pub. Nevertheless, a few observations on the cultural setting of Aotearoa.
Melbourne-based (and longtime New Zealand resident) artist David Cross' book "Air Supplied" has gone to press at Punctum Books Brooklyn, New York. So pleased to have been involved with this project, I've contributed an overview on David's performances and installations for the book. For more info on punctum see: https://punctumbooks.com/ and for more on David Cross see: http://www.davidcrossartist.com/
A new CIRCUIT podcast was just posted online in which our topic of conversation (with writers Thomasin Sleigh and Mark Amery) is the recent screening of Matthew Barney's 5 1/2 hour epic "River of Fundament." (Eight minute trailer above!)
Back in November I spoke with former Tate curator and 2016 CIRCUIT curator-at-large George Clark about Camille Henrot's video Grosse Fatigue on the occasion of its opening at City Gallery Wellington. Our 3O minute discussion was recorded and is now available for listening on the CIRCUIT website.
My essay on the art of Mike Heynes, one of NZ's most underrated artists has just been posted over on the CIRCUIT website, where you can also find some great examples of Mike's enthralling animations. Mike has an exhibition entitled News of the Uruguay Round about to open at Enjoy gallery in Wellington come down to support your local artists!