Glenn Jowitt (1955-2014)

 

Yesterday I attended Glenn Jowitt’s funeral at the Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Road. The service was led with warmth, humour and reverence by the Reverend Nathan Pedro and the Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua. This well-known Church is a much cherished gathering place for Auckland’s Samoan, Tokelau and Tuvalu community. It is also one of this city’s loveliest Church centres and is sited just around the corner from Prime Road where Glenn lived for many years. 

Glenn’s mother, sister and brother were present. His niece also. They all spoke with much love and tenderness to the hundreds of friends present. It was the largest funeral gathering of any Auckland artist since the service for Don Binney at Saint Mary’s in Parnell. 

For all gathered there was a truly palpable presence of loss. Many tears were shed, many words were spoken. There were laughs and there were surprises at hearing delighting anecdotes. Glenn’s character emerged through a panoply of wonderful speeches. Read the full article here

Ron Brownson
Senior Curator, NZ & Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery
Outpost blog  - 31 July 2014

Mac Miller

July 28th, 2014

HOW I SEE IT

I don’t remember who said it but a mother sitting on the beach takes a snap of her child, this could be called the purest form of photography, recording a moment in time that can be looked back on, not only by her but anybody else concerned. War Correspondents did and do the same thing now.

Camera clubs must have started with a few keen ‘chemist types’saying “ let’s get together and share our knowledge and look at each other’s work”. A good place for anyone to learn the skills of making a photograph. Not so bad!! Until fast film interchangeable lens cameras and J B Turner hit the scene! Now we had John’s PhotoForum showing us the American greats who had developed still photography as an art form that could be sold for hard cash (how American). I bought a $70 Edward Weston print. We were made to rethink how to take our photos with more soul, meaning and quality. These were great times and John did show a lot of us a sense and purpose to our photography. No more Bank window displays, but target Art galleries and sell prints when we could (most of us swapped). I, to my embarrassment, wrote to Imogen Cunningham asking her to swap six of my prints for one of hers??

I believe this period perhaps ended with The Active Eye Exhibition. I must relate attending an Auckland workshop and seeing one new photographer arrive wearing a black beret, ‘ doctor who’ scarf and a very long coat, straight from Monmarte Paris but the next day dressing as the rest of us in jeans and T shirt. Had the beginning of the ‘art set’ photographer just arrived in Auckland NZ ?

I stopped taking photos for 20 years and started again in a completely new world of photography. A lot of things we used to dream of had happened. Digital cameras meant endless shots , colour, sharpness, instant review and no exposure meters and the computer gave us Photoshop, Wow! Forget all the old ways we had learned, this is space age stuff. The art set would surely go mad with the chance to make up anything and not even have to print it, but no, black and white stayed the thing, purposely out of focus, badly framed with explanations of why it was taken printed alongside. This is what I discovered when my wife Babs and I took the trouble to go to see the new update of The Active Eye Exhibition in Palmerston North. I expected some brilliant new Photoshop creations but no, same old or worse. A blurred black and white photograph doesn’t make it art.

I can’t lay claim to any greatness or originality in my love of this medium but if I took a photo of one of my kids on the beach it would just have to be something with an edge of humour involved, that’s me coming through in my photograph. I am not against artists, I do understand how the real ones push us all into new understanding, it’s the pseudo wannabe’s that grate with me.

New Zealand’s own Dennis Waugh says in the PhotoForum at 40 book “Photography at best is a specialised craft, not art”. Dorothea Lange has also made similar comments. I know the argument has been going for over a century but l enjoy photography for being the skilled craft it is.

Well, that’s how I see it, so rip into me!

I’m just out of focus
dreaming black on white
memories long forgotten
passing through the night

Mac Miller
Hamilton
July 2014

Editor’s note: Our thanks to Mac Miller for inviting further discussion on photography. Mac’s involvement with PhotoForum  goes back to the beginnings of the society. In fact, one of his images featured on the cover of the first issue of Photo-Forum magazine (issue 18 – February/March 1974). A portfolio of his more recent work  is currently in the process of being added to the PhotoForum Members online gallery.

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We at PhotoForum are deeply saddened to learn of the death of photographer Glenn Jowitt.

PhotoForum is proud to have had a long association with Glenn, having first exhibited his work in Ten Christchurch Photographers at PhotoForum Gallery, Wellington in 1978, then his Race Meetings in New Zealand in 1979 and Black Power, Christchurch in 1981 at the same venue. He was a speaker in the 1988 PhotoForum Winter Lecture Series, and exhibitor in the group shows Open the Shutter, 1994 and up:date// The Active Eye in 2000.

The Black Power series featured in PhotoForum 46 (August 1980), and Mauke, Cook Islands, 1982 appeared in New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, 1993. p. 73.

This year his work was included in the exhibition History in the Taking – 40 Years of PhotoForum, and the book PhotoForum at 40.

Glenn is best known for his extensive photography of Pacific Island people both in New Zealand and in their home countries. His series Polynesia Here and There, originally shown at Auckland Art Gallery in 1983 and in Paris in 1986, has recently been acquired by the James Wallace Arts Trust and is currently being exhibited at the Pah Homestead Galleries, until 3 August.

Athol McCredie, Curator of photography at Te Papa, has written a tribute on his blog, along with links to the Museum’s extensive collection of Glenn’s work here:
http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2014/07/26/photographer-glenn-jowitt-passes-away/

A celebration of his life is to be held on Wednesday 30th July at 11:30am at the Presbyterian Grey Lynn Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn – See more at:
http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=glenn-nigel-jowitt&pid=171852209#sthash.z23Xqhim.dpuf

Tribute to Glenn Jowitt – from Ron Brownson, Senior Curator, NZ & Pacific Art, Auckland Art Gallery.

http://aucklandartgallery.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/glenn-jowitt-19552014.html

 

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Glenn Jowitt. Devil and Baldie, 1979. Photo-Forum 46 (August 1980). p. 48.

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Glenn Jowitt. Mauke, Cook Islands, 1982. From 35mm colour transparency. Artist’s collection.
New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present, 1993. p .73.

 

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Over Saturn’s Limb
Stephanie O’Connor

5-16 August 2014
Golden Dawn Tavern of Power
134 Ponsonby Rd
Opening 5 August 6pm

Peering through a wildly sharp telescope and seeing the form of Saturn provided the impetus for a new series from photographic artist Stephanie O’Connor. Her work explores a conceptual interest in portraiture and post production methodologies, employing retouching to highlight the transformative and liminal relationship between physical and ephemeral forces.

In rare NASA documented images, a meek Earth rests over the limb of Saturn, creating an ethereal connectivity. Over Saturn’s Limb hangs in the realm between occurrence and aftermath. Objects and characters are suspended in an abyss, connected by a spatial event described only through colour and extraterrestrial light. The figures lilt in a ritualistic scene, rendered strange by the effects of an unknown happening.

It’s a stage of science fiction; terrestrial beings affected extraterrestrial in a transformative environment, shrouded in unanswered phenomena and mythic elegance.

Rather than exhibit in a gallery space, O’Connor has elected to introduce Over Saturn’s Limb into a social setting, serving to emphasise the alien presence of her images in the low-light haze of Ponsonby bar Golden Dawn.

For more information and media enquiries contact reffen@gmail.com.
www.stephanieoconnor.co

 

Victoria Ginn - A selection of vintage prints, Photospace Gallery, Wellington.

 

Lynda Lester - Succulent, and other works. Photospace Gallery, Wellington.

 

Artist info:
Lynda Lester info: http://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—lynda-lester.html
Victoria Ginn infohttp://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—victoria-ginn.html

Photospace Gallery
James Gilberd
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington
T: 04 382 9502  M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 11am to 4pm Sat
Closed Sundays and public holidays.

 

Jennifer French - Duplex

 

www.trishclark.co.nz

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The Aesthetica Art Prize has launched its call for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement with the international art world. Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include £5,000 (approximately NZ$ 9,742) for the Main Prize winner; £1,000 for the Student Prize winner; group exhibition for shortlisted artists; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (168,000 readership worldwide); publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology distributed in UK galleries and online internationally; art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel.

Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.

 

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Photofable exhibition by Phillipa O'Brien

 

Inspired by Duane Michal’s 1970s black and white photographic narrations such as The Old Man kills the Minotaur and The Bogeyman, Philippa has developed her own style of pictorial-scripts or Photofables. Each series is limited to nine images establishing a rhythm to a climactic moment. This series of photographic work playfully explores the notion of stereotypes by depicting people dressed as animals or supernatural creatures acting out a modern fable. However, unlike the tradition of the fable, usually timeless in its depiction of natures, these narratives take strange twists.
For full sequences, go to Photofables on Philippa’s website.

Artist infohttp://www.photospacegallery.com/2014—philippa-obrien.html

James Gilberd
Photospace Gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington
T: 04 382 9502  M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 11am to 4pm Sat
Closed Sundays and public holidays.

Through Dragons' Eyes - Chinese Photographers Assoc of NZ.

 

Through Dragons’ Eyes – Chinese Photographers Association of NZ

5 – 29 June 2014
Opening 4 June, 5 – 7pm

ARTISTS TALK: Sunday 15 June 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
Speakers include: The artists – Honglin Xu, Xuewei He, Leo Guan, Shunmei Deng, Joey Pan, Michael Gu and Heidi Xu and a guest speaker Phoebe Li.

A selection of photographic works from NZ Chinese photographers embracing the cultural experiences and aesthetics of living in a new land. The aim of this exhibition is to capture the personal, emotional perspectives of Chinese immigrants in NZ. Through Dragons Eyes documents and explores a variety of cultural and aesthetic developments as New Zealand becomes a more diverse society. It aims to present a method of visual communication and provoke discussion between all of our ethnic groups.

Lake House Arts Centre - Becroft Gallery
37 Fred Thomas Drive
Barry’s Point Reserve
Takapuna
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm