Cohabitation Collaboration

In August 2021, we (Jill Sorensen and Mark van Wetering) bought a 3.5h piece of land in Raurimu, on the northern foothills of Ruapehu. It is four hours south of Auckland, and 589 metres above sea level. This somewhat unkempt combination of pasture, a creek, trees, and blackberry will be the site for an evolvingContinue reading “Cohabitation Collaboration”

Avoiding Mastery: the paintings

Avoiding Mastery: Whitespace Contemporary Art 2014  Mastery, according to the Webster dictionary is knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand something very well and a state of having attained complete control of something. My conundrum as an artist is that, whilst ‘understanding something very well’ might seem an appealing and mature virtue,Continue reading “Avoiding Mastery: the paintings”

Cupboard @ Cosset

My local cafe makes excellent coffee. They also operate as an exhibition space with the pragmatic title Paper/Cupboard. the wall space is dedicated to ‘paper’, while ‘cupboard’ is a small glass-fronted cupboard in the art deco cabinet that serves as the cafe counter. I have a Cupboard installation opening TOMORROW!   a sneak preview ofContinue reading “Cupboard @ Cosset”

Avoiding Mastery

I have a show at Whitespace Contemporary Art early next year and have been mulling over what to call it. The show will involve some paintings, a few books of drawings and a number of yet to be finalised objects. There is always the straightforward option of Some New Paintings and Objects, and I alsoContinue reading “Avoiding Mastery”

Hope Leaves The Body Slowly: the end.

Time Based project #1 Hope Leaves The Body Slowly At its inception hope fills the body in the way that air fills a balloon. From this point hope leaves the body. Slowly, imperceptibly at first. Hope leaves the body slowly. Long after the mind has made the cognition of failure the body still holds hope.Continue reading “Hope Leaves The Body Slowly: the end.”

Resisting societal Norms: Part Two

TOMORROW is the opening of Put Up Your Dukes! Part Two at Pearce Gallery. In anticipation here is part two of book 1. If you are in Auckland come along to the opening/ book launch at 5 – 7.30pm, Pearce Gallery 130 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell.      

Resisting Societal Norms: Resisting Failure is Futile continued

Book 1 continued: page 12 In art, the problem of both success and failure rests on judgement. A judgement of either success or failure is by definition based on an expected outcome, either achieved or missed. In either case the assumption behind the judgment is not challenged. However, if judgement is postponed, the possibility ofContinue reading “Resisting Societal Norms: Resisting Failure is Futile continued”