Our congratulations to Auckland photographic artist Cathy Carter on selection as a finalist in the Head On international portrait competition, as part of this year’s Head On Photography Festival (1/5/15- 31/5/15). Now in its 12th year, the Head On Portrait Prize is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed and internationally renowned photographic portrait competitions, representing a vibrant and diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.
As one of 40 finalists (and the sole kiwi finalist), Carter’s work is on show along with the other finalists, including the three winners, at the Museum of Sydney until 8 June 2015. http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/head-on-portrait-prize-2015.
Prize winners: Molly Carlisle Harris (winner), Glyn Patrick (2nd place), and Samanth Everton (3rd place).
Inspiration for this portrait comes from the Greek Oceanids. These were mythological goddesses responsible for protecting the body of water they inhabited, and the creatures that lived there. With the ecological crisis facing the worlds oceans and waterways, I was interested through the constructed nature of photography to imagine a contemporary representation of these mythical ecologists. The name ‘Idyia’ is derived from the Greek word to see or know. And it relates to the idea that we all see and know to some extent the destructive effects of prevailing consumerist attitudes to the environment and in particular our bodies of water. Idyia gazes back at us challenging us to defy her existence and to take action with her.
Water and more specifically the ocean has been a source of inspiration to Photographer and Installation artist Cathy Carter. There is a kinesthetic curiosity the artist explores as she floats in the ocean or dives down to capture these fluid moments. Through the use of intimate perspective she seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation. In suspending the body in a place of isolation and destabilization the work offers a sensuous psychologically compelling encounter to challenge perceptions and frams of reference.
Carter graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2010, a Postgraduate Diploma in 2011 and a Master of Art and Design (Hons) in 2013.
Finalist Headon 2015 international Portrait Competition.
Finalist 23rd Annual Wallace Art Awards 2014
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2013
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2012
Awarded the AUT Visual Arts Photography Prize 2010
Carter has exhibited in successful solo and group shows in Auckland, Wellington & Sydney and is represented by Antoinette Godkin Gallery. http://antoinettegodkin.co.nz/
May 20th, 2015
The exhibition What We Saw at Photospace Gallery is Sally Griffin’s first photography show. The images are from the artist’s personal collection of black and white photos. It features well-known, and not so well-known, artists and political figures such as Phil Clairmont, Tony Fomison, Merata Mita, Tim Shadbolt and many more.
Sally will give a a floor talk of stories about the photos on Saturday 16 May at 2pm. Admission is free.
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
T: 04 382 9502 M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: from 10am Mon-Fri, 11am Saturday
May 2nd, 2015
Listed below are details and links to recent New Zealand photography publications previously listed on the PhotoForum homepage:
Wellington Streets by Julian Ward
Bent by Mary Macpherson
some things you should have told me by Harvey Benge
Our Future Nga Tau ki Muri by Ans Westra
Steamer by Alan Knowles
Aceh Revives + Scars: Life after the Tsunami by Noel Trustrum
the grass is awfully green - Limited edition book by Peter Black
Catch My Eye by Gabrielle McKone
Thinking it through by Tony Watkins, photographs by Haruhiko Sameshima
Old New World by Mary Macpherson
May 1st, 2015
EYE magazine’s Une petite mémoire – Thursday 2 April 2015:
Two remarkable artists died within weeks of each other late last year. Bruce Connew pays tribute to fellow photographers René Burri and Lewis Baltz.
Image: Lewis Baltz, Sites of Technology, Anechoic Chamber, France Télécom Laboratories, Lannion, France, 1989–91.
A packet arrived from photographer Lewis Baltz in Paris posted two weeks before he died on 22 November 2014, writes Bruce Connew.
Inside was a catalogue for ‘Lewis Baltz’, the precisely hung 2013 exhibition of his groundbreaking ‘central achievements’ at the Albertina, Vienna. It was inscribed to me and my wife Catherine, and signed ‘L’, in a sort of Zorro way. It had reached New Zealand about two-and-a-half weeks after his death.
At this ridiculous distance, around the other side of the world, times, dates and sequences of events are critical when processing the death of a dear friend. On 11 November 2014, eleven days before Lewis died, he sent me a magazine picture by email of a fine grey mare with President Reagan astride – a riposte, I assumed, to Body of Work (my procreating horses series).
On our unhurried walks about Venice and more often Paris, we seldom discussed photography or art in any direct sense, more writing, politics and the state of an unpleasant world. Once, I spoke of W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. He was impressed by the work, and within a week had read everything of Sebald’s in print. It was seldom you could bring something new to Lewis, because he’d read and thought deeply in his time about a swathe of territory. His assessments about art in a three-minuteTate Shots, and his thoughts cast wider in Lewis Baltz Texts, his collected writings published by Steidl, manifest the capacity and intellect of a man whose work is at the top of the canon.
Continue reading HERE.
April 21st, 2015
April 19th, 2015
Andrea Gardner - Under the Eyes of the Volcano
An exhibition of a photographic project produced during an art residency in Mexico City; still life compositions exploring historic, artistic and environmental aspects of Mexican culture.
Mexican Embassy, level 2, 187 Featherston Street, Wellington.
30 April – 17 July 2015
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm