DESIGN GENERATION: How Peter Haythornthwaite shaped New Zealand’s design-led enterprise Michael Smythe With an introduction and interview by Michael Barrett
This book tells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers. Spanning five decades, Design Generation documents Haythornthwaite’s career through childhood influences, education in Auckland and Illinois, work experience in California and New York, and teaching and consultant practice back in New Zealand. It chronicles his many roles as a design leader: as innovator of design, employer in private practices and his notable contribution to the wider field of design. Vivid case studies of Haythornthwaite’s work illustrate the … Continue reading →
Benjamin Work with photographs by Brendan Kitto Interview with Benjamin Work by Giles Peterson
Published by Rim Books in association with Uxbridge Art & Culture.
Early Polynesian navigators gave names to the places they encountered as a reminder of the spiritual threshold between creation and reality. This was because they regarded the ideas of geographic and spiritual origin as mutually similar. Whenua Fonua ‘Enua explores the significance of name and place and the importance of these indicators that connect us to our past and highlight the characteristics of our present. Through new paintings and this companion publication in … Continue reading →
TOM HUTCHINS: SEEN IN CHINA 1956 Edited by John B. Turner. Chinese translation by Han Niu.
Published by Turner PhotoBooks, Auckland/Beijing in collaboration with PhotoForum Inc, Auckland, NZ, 2016 as Photoforum issue 86.
English and Chinese text
This bi-lingual book was produced to coincide with the debut exhibition of photographs made in China 60 years ago by the pioneering New Zealand photojournalist and photographic educator, Tom Hutchins (1921-2007), presented at the 2016 Pingyao International Photography Festival.
‘On the platform there are many people waiting to cross the other way, waiting for the train back to Hong Kong. . … Continue reading →
Reflecting back on the last quarter century, so much has changed. Technologies emerged that fundamentally altered the way we do things, the methods by which we gather and disseminate information, how we communicate. Included is the notable technological restructuring of photography from the analogue film medium to the digital processes that now dominate the industry (Photoshop 1.0 was launched 19 February 1990). Less perceptible, but perhaps more important, are shifts in values attached to things and ideas, like art, education, institutions, their ideologies.
The publication An urban quest for chlorophyll aims to discuss projects that engage with the cultural mediation of nature in an urban context. Architects, designers and town planners all consider the role played by green spaces within the urban terrain, from parks to abstractions such as berms and planters. The design of public urban space always takes this into account. How do these injections of chlorophyll function? If they have no possibility of simulating the rural, why are we compelled to ‘drag the pot-plant into the … Continue reading →
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Holland Street, by Sarah Caylor and Ann Shelton Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes Wellington, New Zealand 15 August – 2 December 2013
Taking as its starting point two nineteenth-century events – London’s cholera outbreak of 1854 and Wellington’s typhoid epidemic of 1890-2 – Holland Street recalls a world where disease was thought to travel through miasma (noxious air) and bacteria were believed to be as real as “Hydras, and Gorgons, and Chimeras Dire”. Holland Street utilises differing visual approaches to map … Continue reading →
Pictures They Want to Make : Recent Auckland Photography Chris Corson-Scott Edward Hanfling
Pictures They Want to Make presents a selection of works by twelve contemporary photographic artists, and examines the various ways in which their images are created, and the motivations that drive them. Each of the artists has a connection to the Auckland region; some of the photographs capture aspects of that region’s culture and landscape, while others testify to the mobility and ambition of the artists—their familiarity with other places and people. Most of all, they are personal statements; they are … Continue reading →
The idea of making do with what’s available is a fitting analogy for Pauline Bern’s jewellery practice. Bern has always utilised locally sourced materials that are connected to her in some way and worked to transform them into something new. In this instance, a selection of plants from her Devonport garden provided the primary material for the pieces in Colonial Goose.
Colonial Goose harks back to the early pioneering tradition in New Zealand of making do with what’s on hand. Owing to a scarcity of geese, the traditional English Christmas fare of … Continue reading →
This new publication heralds a distinctive and unusual format for an exhibition. The book, Sightseeing is a box set of 90 concertina folding postcards which unpacks to create an innovative touring photography exhibition
Project curator Hanna Scott describes the way in which, “the postcards literally become the exhibition, unsettling the way that we traditionally use postcards to venerate the landscape, because these sites are not typical tourist sites.” She continues, “the project is important because it highlights the way that artists travel and make research. Their images … Continue reading →