May 29th, 2012
James K Lowe
9 – 24 June 2012 (9am-5pm daily)
Opens Sat 9 June 6pm
Aotea Centre, Queen Street, Auckland Central
ph 09 307 7055
Image: The Channel by James K Lowe
Information on this year’s commission:
‘2012 is the second year of the Auckland Festival of Photography’s Annual Commission – the sole public commission of photographic art by a fine arts photographer in New Zealand.
The Commission provides an opportunity to support and promote an Auckland photographic talent as well as creating an important cultural and artistic asset for present and future Auckland audiences to enjoy.
This year’s commissioned artist is James K Lowe, a 23-year-old graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts. James is relatively new to the art of photography, having begun experimenting while at Elam, but already he demonstrates ….‘ Read the full HERE
Source: Auckland Festival of Photography
West Auckland’s Lopdell House Gallery, at Titirangi, was well and truly buzzing at the opening of six photography exhibitions on Thursday 28 May. Their downstairs gallery showed ‘An Eye on the Universe’, originated by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, in association with the Southland Museum & Art Gallery. Sadly, none of the 32 works, all by amateur astronomers/photographers, as far as I can tell, are for sale. Many of the images are remarkable and all are engaging. Thanks are due to Lopdell House staff for making sure this fine exhibition could be seen in Auckland.
‘Linger’, an exhibition of new black & white pinhole photographs by North Auckland’s Ross T. Smith, added to the joy of viewing things that we can’t really see with the naked eye. These intriguing, moody small prints of landscape and natural objects perfectly complemented the pictures of the night sky, and also the enticing glow emanating from Glenys Ng’s show in an adjacent room, which reminded me of seeing Auckland city’s night aura from the Bombay Hills on a dark night, before the city makes it’s appearance. The very “light pollution” astronomers try to avoid, and photographers, like Smith, in this body of work seems to have emulated.
Glenys Ng’s ‘Back’—six large prints of the backs of family snapshots, showing their maker’s comments, and/or chemist-shop printer’s rubber stamps —were superbly presented under special, exactly framed lighting, in a darkened room, giving them a magical glow, rather uncanny glow. They appeared to be backlit, or projected images, until one stood close to cast a shadow. Lesley Smith, Director of Lopdell House Gallery, said that the special lights had only just arrived in time for this exhibition. (Apart from occasionally seeing them used overseas, the last time I saw that magical precision lighting was at Bryan Skinner’s superb but ill-fated Spaces gallery, in Auckland, in 1982, when they showed Anne Noble’s ‘Wanganui’ essay, and a fine exhibition by Peter Peryer.)
Antarctica: Joyce Campbell, Anne Noble, Connie Samaras, and Room Room by Ann Shelton now showing at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland CBD
May 23rd, 2009
‘Room Room’ explores the idea of reflection; firstly, in the act of mirroring, mimicking reality through inversion; and secondly, in the notion of interiority. Shelton’s photographs explore the complex history of the Salvation Army’s former Rotoroa Island Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Referencing the 18th century Claude glass, the artist presents a new set of spaces for contemplation, investigation, and for the archive. ‘Room Room’ was first exhibited at City Gallery Wellington in 2008.
On at The Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland, until 20 June. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm. www.gusfishergallery.auckland.ac.nz. Ph. 09-373-7599 ext. 86646.
Ann Shelton: Phoenix block, room #56, 2008, from ‘Room Room’
September 8th, 2007
John has recently won the Pacific Media Centre “journalist-in-residence” fellowship grant.
John will be using the grant to research the Ngatihine forestry land legal dispute of the 1970s. Keep an eye on this blog for updates by John over the course of the fellowship.
September 7th, 2007
The Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust is currently calling for applications for their yearly grant. The purpose of the grant is ‘To further the interest in photography as an art in young people.’ … an admirable purpose indeed! (By young people they mean up to the age of thirty.)