No Place - Exhibition opening and mural celebration
6pm Friday 30th Sept - All welcome
Guy Howard-Smith and Aroha Novak's individual exhibitions both draw on ideas of Utopia juxtaposed with real life, what the future may look like with current structures and systems degrading. These ideas culminate in a collaborative mural depicting tropes from both artists repertoires to create a scenic tableau of waste, rubble, jungle and new life forms.
Howard-Smith’s painting practice offers an aesthetic of an escapist Utopia, often depicting man dwarfed by nature presided over by impartial god-like figures, at once powerful and directionless. There is an attempt to find faith and harmony, although there is always doubt and discord.
Novak’s recent project focuses on the socio-cultural history of decommissioned sports stadium, Carisbrook and its surrounding neighbourhood in South Dunedin. The site-specific work encourages new dialogues about the potential of disused public space and the process of making informed, conscious and relevant public art projects.
We are proud to congratulate the 2016 Walters prize nominee's. The Walters Prize is New Zealand’s most prestigious contemporary art prize and 2016 marks the eighth iteration of the biennial award at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The Walters Prize awards the most outstanding contribution made to contemporary art in New Zealand in the period preceding the prize.
LOT23 is proud to congratulate Lisa Reihana. Lisa's stunning video work 'Tai Whetuki - House of Death' is on exhibition for her nomination. LOT23's Sam Tozer (D.O.P/ editor) and Natalie Tozer (Production Manager) will be at the announcement dinner tomorrow night to cheer Lisa on! Congratulations and good luck to all the nominee's Joyce Campbell, Nathan Pohio, Shannon Te Ao, Lisa Reihana.