The New Gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary with a set of exciting shows, including projects by Judy Millar, Mark Adams and Douglas Gordon and recent acquisitions from Jim Speers and Guy Ngan.
Mark Adams Pe'a
Since the mid 1970s Mark Adams has been photographing Samoan tattooing in Auckland, focusing on the work of his friend, tufunga Sulu'ape Paulo II. Sulu'ape was controversial for giving a woman a pe'a, (there being no male in her family line to receive it) and for tattooing palagi like painter Tony Fomison (the subject of several photos). Adams shows the tension between maintaining customary values and adapting to new environments and possibilities. Pe'a was curated by Peter Brunt and Sophie McIntyre, and toured by the Adam Art Gallery.
LEFT IS RIGHT AND RIGHT IS WRONG AND LEFT IS WRONG AND RIGHT IS RIGHT
Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is famous for representing films in ways that derange, amplify and comment upon them. Left is right, a mesmerising dual projection of Whirlpool, Otto Preminger's classic 1949 film noir, plays up its themes of hypnosis, psychic fragmentation and duplicity. Gordon projects two versions of the film side by side: one the right way around, the other reversed; one contains the odd-numbered frames, the other the even ones. The resulting stroboscopic flicker suggests the hypnotist's flashing light in Preminger's film, while its Rorschaching imagery creates a visual whirlpool.
Left is right... is shown courtesy of London's Lisson Gallery. It was commissioned by New York's Dia Center for their 1999 show Double Vision.
'I WILL, SHOULD, CAN, MUST, MAY, WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS'
Auckland painter Judy Millar has been putting a new spin on the old idea of action painting. Millar compares her take on action painting to Quentin Tarantino's take on the action movie. If Tarantino makes action movies about action movies, Millar makes action paintings about action painting. Tarantino is known for his gimmicky, mannered pastiches. His films seem to endlessly echo other films yet, ironically, in this there is something fresh and original about them. Millar similarly. Millar's New Gallery project will be a stretch for her to. Combining massive new canvases, wall paintings and architectural elements, it will challenge our habitual distinction between paintings and the walls they hang on.
- New Gallery
- $5 - $7