DYNAMO HUM

By Denys Watkins
Foreword by Matt Blomeley
Essays by Anna Miles and Francis McWhannell
Conversation with Allan Smith and Denys Watkins

Published by Rim Books in association with Bath Street Arts Trust.

Design by Index – Jonty Valentine

DYNAMO HUM is an artist book by Denys Watkins, featuring his paintings from 2004 to 2016.

Denys is a highly respected New Zealand contemporary artist. A long serving teacher of thirty-one years at Elam School of Fine Arts that, in 2011, he left to pursue full-time studio art practice.

Here he turns his multifaceted interests to … Continue reading

WHENUA FONUA ‘ENUA

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

BARRY BRICKELL READER: SELECTED ‘WRERTINGS’, MEDITATIONS, OUTBURSTS, DECREES AND DIVERSIONS

Edited by Gregory O’Brien
Photographs by Haruhiko Sameshima
Afterword by David Craig

Published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa in association with Rim Books.

Rim Books is absolutely ecstatic to be associated with publishing this book of ‘wrertings’ by the maverick New Zealand artist Barry Brickell.

Known for his decades of pottery making and mountain railway in Coromandel, he has dedicated his life to ceaseless art-making of all kinds. Less known but perhaps more revealing of his inner workings, are his passions for writing and reading, … Continue reading

STOMP
Jon Carapiet

STOMP explores themes of photographic portraiture and ‘the gaze’ in the context of destruction, questioning how we connect and identify with the other.

The images were made in Europe, India and Egypt since 2014 and began as a personal response to the destruction in Bamiyan and Timbuktu, Palmyra and Aleppo. Such recent manifestations of fascism have 20th Century antecedents in the Holocaust and Armenian genocide, but trace even further back in human consciousness. There is a long history of attempting to erase people from memory.

Stomp seeks to reach beyond a sense of despair and … Continue reading

BRAINWASH-INGTON DC: A 1982 PHOTOGRAPHIC ‘ON THE ROAD’
Stuart Page


It features photographs Page took on a 6 month journey around USA that he made soon after his graduation from Ilam School of Fine Arts, where Shustak taught. It was an ambitious undertaking, funded by the NZ government arts council, and a rare opportunity for him to take his learning from the school into practice on the streets of where the art came from. Page says, in his introduction to the original exhibition of the resulting photographs in 1984:

“The most exciting and relative communication seemed … Continue reading

AMERICAN LANDSCAPE: SHUSTAK USA 1960–1971

This publication showcases photographs made by Larence Shustak before he left USA in 1973 to establish the photography department at the School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Shustak was part of an early ferment on the East Coast of the emerging awareness of photography as an independent tool of art, self-expression and social engagement, existing outside of the mainstream picture magazines and commercial studios. American Landscape samples Shustak’s early experiments, commissions and personal projects that reflect an evolving sense of a time in transition, seen through the artist’s eyes. … Continue reading

 

OLD NEW WORLD
Mary Macpherson

Mary Macpherson spent seven years traveling New Zealand to photograph change in New Zealand reflected in small towns, recording the old, the derelict, the ready-made symbol and moneyed development. Old New World is a quality hardback with a dust jacket and 62 images across 96 pages. It also features an interview between Mary and noted art writer/curator, Gregory O’Brien.

“I worked on the project for several years – making journeys around the country whenever I could – photographing, and then spending long periods thinking about what I was doing. The photographs feature buildings, houses, … Continue reading

BETWEEN THE SILENCE AND THE FLAME
Allan McDonald

“The Silent Generation is defined by people born between 1925 and 1945, who had come to maturity as I was growing up. Raised under the dictum of being seen but not heard, and affected by war and economic depression, they have been described as focused on financial security and more politically compliant than other generations. Putting aside the problematics of generational stereotyping, by the time I reached the age of 18 the silence was not so loud and multiple voices of diversity and dissent were becoming more audible. These … Continue reading

Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village
John B. Turner. Historical essay by Grant Cole.

PhotoForum Inc, Auckland and Turner PhotoBooks, Auckland/Beijing, 2015.
Produced with the support of Creative New Zealand.

Available through Rim Books: info@rimbooks.com

Te Atatu Me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village is a personal portrait of West Auckland’s Te Atatu Peninsula by John B. Turner, the noted New Zealand photographer, teacher and editor of PhotoForum.

Recorded over a seven year period from 2005 to 2011, Turner’s documentary photographs celebrate the character and pulse of life in this unique … Continue reading

F4: in the interval

F4: IN THE INTERVAL

Susan Jowsey
Marcus Williams
Jesse Williams
Mercy Williams

In 2006, after fifteen years of collaborative art practice, Susan Jowsey and Marcus Williams decided to invite their two children, Jesse and Mercy to join their art project, creating the art collective, F4. The body of work selected for this publication, forms part of that seven-year journey; the making of this work became part of their family life. As the project progressed, the family and its dynamics became the conceptual source for the work…

Whilst the name F4 might refers to the family of four, the name is also the term used to describe the size of a lens aperture when it is relatively open, a mechanical way of seeing which allows plenty of light, but only a shallow area of focus, surrounded by a vista that is less well-defined…

F4 sample page 9For F4, this alludes to a human tendency in perceiving the isolated moment or detail very clearly, but failing to comprehend the singularity within a continuum of significance. Photographs themselves compound this, by locking a moment in time, in a way that no other phenomena can achieve, at least not with such veracity and vivacity. Photography destabilises the natural order of things, allowing us to hold the present in our hand as a print, even as the present eludes us…

The images in this book are not chronological; instead, they are grouped into relationships, positioning the body of work as a whole and in retrospect. This approach to sequencing the images is commensurate with the influence of lives entwined.

F4 sample page 11

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November 2014
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