Essays

Writing

Sriwhana Spong’s Ida-Ida

By Leah Reynolds

09.08.2019

London-based artist Sriwhana Spong has been exhibiting widely throughout the UK in 2019. In this essay, writer Leah Reynolds reviews Spong’s recent exhibition Ida-Ida at Spike Island in Bristol, considering the key, interrelating ideas of her work, and Spong’s use of a variety of mediums.

Writing

Screaming Strawbears and other Strange Engagements

By Tessa Laird

05.07.2019

From Morris dancing to costume making, Berlin-based artist Matthew Cowan and arts writer Tessa Laird discuss Cowan's interest in folklore, the function of tradition in the modern world and the influence of surrealism on his practice. Cowan's exhibition The Scream of the Strawbear opens at Kunsthalle Giessen in Germany on 7 September 2019.

Writing

An abundance of loss

By Zara Stanhope

12.05.2019

As part of HUM’s coverage of La Biennale di Venezia, we’ve invited Zara Stanhope, Lead Curator of the New Zealand Pavilion, to analyse Dane Mitchell’s work Post hoc and its lists of bygone things, as well as the artist's other major works exhibited at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Auckland Art Gallery and Raebervonstenglin, Zurich.

Writing

Design solves problems and art creates problems

By Eleanor Woodhouse

23.04.2019

A closer look at Biljana Popovic's 12-month Visual Arts Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, and how her previous work as a commercial designer informs her current visual arts practice by integrating elements of interior design and architecture. 

Writing

“Nothing consoles you like despair”

By Boaz Levin

22.03.2019

The work of Berlin-based artist Richard Frater addresses the devastating impact of climate change on our environment, and the despair and human complicity felt in this global phenomenon. In this essay, artist, writer, and curator Boaz Levin unpacks Frater's recent exhibitions in Germany and New Zealand.

Writing

Test Run

By Jennifer Thatcher

13.12.2018

We hear from three artists who, over the last three years, have completed, or are completing, a three-month residency at London art centre Gasworks. Sriwhana Spong in 2016, Katrina Beekhuis in 2017, and Hikalu Clarke, who is half-way through his, all share their experiences and thoughts on this important opportunity.

Writing

Push and Pull

By Jessica Douglas

25.10.2018

In the wake of recent discussions of London-based Francis Upritchard's work, Jessica Douglas views the exhibition Wetwang Slack, on now at the Barbican Centre in London, through the aesthetic quality and craftsmanship of Upritchard's work, alongside the wider consequences of her practice.

Writing

Hotel Jaguar

By David Lillington

11.10.2018

HUM commissioned David Lillington to review Amanda Newall's recent project at Exposed Arts Projects in London, which occupies an old Jaguar car dealership. Newall's site-specific response, called Hotel Jaguar, encompasses an eclectic range of works and collaborations with other artists, on topics ranging from Jaguar and Brexit; Trump and witches; social dreaming and murders. 

Writing

Dane Mitchell: An Aesthetic Contagion

By Marie de Brugerolle

06.09.2018

Dane Mitchell's exhibition OTIUM #3 at the Institut d'art contemporain - Villeurbanne in France, was an invitation to produce and exhibit works related to the dimensions of time and space, as part of an ongoing prospective series of exhibitions linked to 'métaphysiques cosmomorphes', a term taken from Pierre Montebello's philosophical research. French art historian and curator Marie de Brugerolle explores Mitchell's work within this context and his wider practice.

Writing

Kate Newby: I can’t nail the days down

By Chloe Geoghegan

14.08.2018

I can't nail the days down is Brooklyn-based Kate Newby's first Austrian solo exhibition, presented at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna in 2018. Based both inside and outside of the Kunsthalle, the work invited visitors to take a closer look at Newby's engagements with the context of exhibition.

Writing

Feminist Hieroglyphics

By Louise Lever

25.06.2018

A conversation with London-based artist Sriwhana Spong about Spong's practice and in particular her recent video work A hook but no fish, 2017, originally presented at the Pump House Gallery in London, which speculates upon a secret language invented by a mystic 12th century abbess, Hildegard of Bingen.

Writing

Maddie Leach: The Grief Prophesy

By Hjalmar Falk

08.06.2018

Maddie Leach's project The Grief Prophesy, created for the Gothenburg International Biennale for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) 2017, addresses the disturbing and intriguing circumstances surrounding an alleged Satanic murder, committed by members of a well-known Swedish black metal band. Swedish historian Hjalmar Falk discusses the work.

Writing

The Symbolic and Actual Order of Things

By Carter Imrie-Milne

25.05.2018

Auckland-born Zac Langdon-Pole's recent accolades include the Charlotte Prinz Scholarship in Darmstadt, Germany, being shortlisted for the BMW Art Journey Prize, and being one of the prestigious ARS VIVA prize recipients. Carter Imrie-Milne explores the artist's most recent series of objects and experiences featured in his presentation of the ARS VIVA at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium.

Writing

Valuing the Handmade

By Kim Paton

09.05.2018

Munich Jewellery Week is one of the oldest and most prestigious contemporary jewellery exhibitions in the world; this year, Renee Pearson became the first New Zealander to win the Talente Prize at the fair. Objectspace's Director Kim Paton walks us through the exhibition and explores Pearson's win within the landscape of funding cuts and dwindling education opportunities for makers in New Zealand. 

Writing

The Transcendent and Domestic in Joanna Margaret Paul's Films

By Eleanor Woodhouse

19.04.2018

Artist, poet and filmmaker, Joanna Margaret Paul passed away suddenly in 2003 leaving behind a vast archive of never-before-seen work. London-based writer Eleanor Woodhouse explores Paul’s practice, and considers the significance of her work being shown abroad, most recently the programme of her filmic work touring the UK: Through a Different Lens.

Writing

Ka Mua, Ka Muri

By Louise Garrett

28.02.2018

Nathan Pohio’s Raise the anchor, unfurl the sails, set course to the centre of an ever setting sun! was one of three projects by artists from Aotearoa New Zealand presented at documenta 14. Louise Garrett explores Pohio’s presentation in Kassel and invites the artist himself to reflect on his participation and to discuss the work he presented in Athens, documenta’s parallel location in 2017.

Writing

Judy Millar: The Sinew of Space

By Jodie Dalgleish

12.02.2018

Jodie Dalgleish considers Judy Millar's exhibition Swallowed in Space at Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich (2017), reflecting on the way Millar's affective paintings can activate space to create a 'bodily-felt' experience and extensively draws on a dialogue between the writer and the artist evaluating 'what painting does to us'.

Writing

With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods

By Andrew Clifford

04.12.2017

Andrew Clifford writes on Shannon Te Ao’s installation, With the sun aglow I have my pensive moods, one of four key new commissions for the 2017 Edinburgh Art Festival.

Writing

Seeing documenta 14 from the other south

By Jon Bywater

20.10.2017

New Zealand critic Jon Bywater discusses documenta 14 and the work of participating artists from Aotearoa New Zealand, Ralph Hotere, Mata Aho Collective and Nathan Pohio, marking the first time New Zealand artists have been included in documenta.

Writing

Luke Willis Thompson: A Sister Image

By Frances Loeffler

15.07.2017

Frances Loeffler writes on London-based New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson's residency at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, culminating in autoportrait (2017), a video portrait of Diamond Reynolds reflecting Thompson's ongoing enquiry into questions of race, class and social inequality.

Writing

Nature at its Queerest

By Ulrike Gerhardt

20.05.2017

Ulrike Gerhardt reponds to Berlin-based New Zealand artist Alicia Frankovich's first major solo show in Germany, OUTSIDE BEFORE BEYOND at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. 

Writing

Urges of Imperialism Unravelled

By Rhana Devenport

01.05.2017

Rhana Devenport, Curator of the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, sets the context for Emissaries, Lisa Reihana's exhibition representing Aotearoa New Zealand at the 57th Biennale di Venezia.

Writing

Preparing the Ground

By Chloe Barker

22.04.2017

Arts Programme Coordinator at Tyneside Cinema Chloe Barker reflects on New Zealand artist Cat Auburn's new moving image work Preparing the Ground (2017) and first solo exhibition in the UK, at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Writing

A Man for all Seasons

By Anna Cahill

16.02.2017

Writer Anna Cahill looks at the life and work of New Zealand painter Douglas MacDiarmid, from his early life in Taihape and Christchurch to his life as an expatriate painter in Paris, where he has been living permanently since 1951.

Writing

An interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC

By Pauline Autet

30.01.2017

In this two-part interview, HUM's Editor Pauline Autet speaks to New Zealand-born Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC in Paris. Part 1 looks at the role Flay played in the revival of FIAC since taking the helm 13 years ago and her early ambitions for the fair, through to the prestigious place it occupies in the French capital today.

Writing

Reporting from the Front Desk

By Chris Winwood

08.12.2016

Paris-based architect Chris Winwood considers Future Islands, the New Zealand contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

Writing

Singing with the Bees

By Pauline Autet

08.12.2016

HUM's Editor Pauline Autet reviews Anne Noble's exhibition Abeille, presented at the Abbaye de Noirlac in France from June to November 2016.

Writing

A Material Direction

By Jodie Dalgleish

08.12.2016

Jodie Dalgleish talks to New Zealand/German artist André Hemer about his recent series A Hot Mess, his PhD practice and his experience as an ex-pat New Zealander.