It is a first for me to have three exhibitions on concurrently, one in America and two in Aotearoa.
Sadly I couldn’t be in Oakland for the exhibition Tipping Point: Love Letters, Portals and Rebellions . Ann Schnake from Dream Farm Commons curated artists addressing issues of climate change in diverse and interesting ways. I particularly love the project The Bureau of Linguistical Reality. My seaweed works titled Notice What You Worship are included and once the work come down, the gallery will return them to the sea.
I was pleased to be able get to The Exquisite Wound at Expressions Whirinaki last weekend. I was a little nervous to see the work again, but as I walked into the gallery I unexpectedly got a lump in my throat. The gallery team had created a intimate and contemplative atmosphere and the moving soundscape by Charlie Ha wrapped around the gallery and set the emotional tone. It was lovely to have some dear old friends come along to the artist talk.
Ways of Being: Representation and Photography from the Dowse Collection was a really interesting exhibition with works that challenged representation in a variety of ways. It was wonderful to see the triptych, Ema, Ema Hapu and Ema and Taaniko again from Assume Nothing.