Auckland Art Fair was established in order to raise the profile of the region’s galleries and their represented artists and to provide a platform that enables them to engage with and cultivate new audiences. The participants in this fair are people for whom art is not a market, it’s a way of life.
PAULNACHE presents New Zealand-born, Las Vegas-based artist JK Russ. When creating her collage works, JK Russ utilises a traditional hand-assembled cut-and-paste technique to reflect and subvert contemporary ideals of female agency and sexuality. In a similar fashion to the European Dada artists of the early twentieth century, Russ has adopted the medium of collage as a political tool to re-contextualise found imagery. Her female subjects have been described as “strong, sexy and alien” in scenes combining erotic imagery, desert terrain and pop culture. Since graduating from MIT Faculty of Creative Arts in Auckland with a BVA in 2001, Russ has exhibited widely and is also represented by galleries in Australia and the United States. In 2007 she won the Open Award in the Whanganui Art Review, and in 2010 relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has been nominated “Best Art Import” by Las Vegas Seven magazine. She is also a featured artist and blogger with the Huffington Post. Snake Bite Kiss will be the artists first solo show with Gisborne dealer Paul Nache. The artist will attend her opening.
Matthew Couper's 2014 solo 'Limbo Of The Journeyman' centers around a large oil painting on loose canvas of the same title, painted in the artist’s Las Vegas studio. It continues Couper’s interest in developing art as a ‘cultural currency’ while showing autobiographical features of his life in the USA and his ongoing dialogue and relationship to anachronistic art practices. Couper’s association with the notion of a journeyman (the artistic development between an apprentice and a master) is brought to the fore, singling out his context, journey – both physically and intellectually – and the trials and tribulations of his career path since immigrating to the USA in 2010.
Upon recent return from Europe, artist Matt Arbuckle will be exhibiting works produced in Germany. Matt is based in Berlin, however will be showing throughout New Zealand during early 2014. His solo exhibition ‘Slug ind Lettuce’ opens at PAULNACHE 3 January 2014. Film shot and cut by Motif films and the artist.
We are excited to officially welcome Auckland based artist Justin Jade Morgan into the ‘Family’. Morgan’s practice dovetails between group collaborations, individual pieces and extended projects. Developing performative pieces, installations, drawings, audio and photographic works that explore the relationship between physical objects and life as performance. His personal projects have featured in the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, The Dowse, Lopdell House Gallery (NZ), the Border Museum (Slovenia), Digital Fringe 08 (Melbourne), 3rd ‘Arhipelag’ International Contemporary Arts Festival (Solvenia & Italy), International Museum of Collage, Mexico and ‘ArtColle’, France with residencies and other temporary projects taking place in France, Germany, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand. Morgan’s inaugural exhibition ‘Tools of the Trade’ opens at PAULNACHE on First Friday 7 March 2014, 6:00PM. He plans to attend the opening.
Heidi Brickell completed an MFA at Elam in 2011. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at Artspace, Rm Gallery, Ferari Space, Window Gallery, George Fraser Gallery, The Audio Foundation, Cross Street Studios, and has had writing published in Gambia Castle’s Reader #11 ‘Field Trips in Artificial Weather’ , Papakura Art Gallery’s ‘Animal Incarnations’ in accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name, and is awaiting the release of another written piece in Auckland art publication ‘Magasine #4: Interviews’. This is her first solo exhibition with Gisborne dealer Paul Nache.
PAULNACHE presents New Zealand artist Bruce Mahalski. He made his first bone gun for an anti-war exhibition called ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ and has specialised in textural bone sculptures since 2010. Mahalski's latest Untiled Life-size Bust portrait is made from paper and wood as the base, crushed bone on the face and thousands of small bones from rabbits, possums, ferrets, stoats, a cat and numerous small birds. covering the rest of the object. The spines on the head are from a large Snapper. The piece is partly inspired by a life-size model in Otago Museum (Dunedin) of a Gilbert Islander wearing a helmet made from the skin of a porcupine fish but it also references the films – ‘Hell-raiser’ and ‘Prometheus’. Its installed onto a black granite base.
James R Ford was born in 1980 in the United Kingdom. He studied at Goldsmiths College in London and currently lives and works in Wellington. He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and overseas and in 2013 was winner of the inaugural Tui McLauchlan Emerging Artist's Award from the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. This year, Ford self-published a book of his selected works, with accompanying texts, interviews and essays from 2008-2013, entitled 'Fail Better'. After featuring in several curated exhibitions, PAULNACHE is pleased to announce his upcoming inaugural solo exhibition with the Gisborne Gallery, opening Friday 4th of July 2014. The artist will attend his opening.