Winter solstice has passed, it’s time to gently unfurl yourself into a gallery and absorb the fresh ideas, textures and colours our local artists have on display. Let their visual expression soothe away all your mid-winter tension, tickle your soul and galvanise fresh neural pathways to a better you.
Enjoy the thickly painted tangle of sweet peas and blooming roses by Katherine Throne at Sanderson Contemporary in Newmarket. Saccharine in texture, yet nostalgic in palette, these works cast a youthful glow on all who behold them.
Bask in the twisting, folding, deconstructed, process-driven, abstract surfaces pulled together by Matt Arbuckle. Righteously bold and unapologetic, these works will leave you empowered with renewed vigour and a sharpness of vision.
Playful, rhythmic and full of joy, this latest series by painter Kirstin Carlin celebrates the process of painting itself! The works evolved as a means of escapism during recent turmoil and the uplifting energy that radiates from them as a result is pure ambrosia.
If architecture is more your vibe then the works of Kathryn Stevens will be right up your open-plan alley. Inspired by the urban environment Stevens monochrome grids and planes blur the interface between the surface and the space beyond.
Amidst the historic surrounds of Alberton House sparkles a new series of artwork from photographer Emma Bass. With intertwining paint, photography and collage these works grab your eyes and lure you in. An absolute treat of a show to experience within the historic homestead environment.
A podcast interview with the artist is now playing via artache.com
The NZIFF runs from 24 July – 2 August Find out more at nziff.co.nz
The New Zealand International Film Festival hits home-screens later this month. Perfect mid-winter date-night material – at home! That’s right, this year its programme will be available online.