Wordless Wednesday: all the hard work paid off

Last night the proceeds from NZ Sculpture OnShore 2014 were given to Women's Refuge NZ. I'm so proud to have been part of this wonderful event, which has raised $180,000 for Refuge's work. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Last night the proceeds from NZ Sculpture OnShore 2014 were given to Women’s Refuge NZ. I’m so proud to have been part of this wonderful event, which has raised $180,000 for Refuge’s work. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Word a Week: Yellow

John Ferguson 'Blooming Buckets'. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

John Ferguson ‘Blooming Buckets’. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

One of my favourite sculptures from this year’s NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition, John Ferguson’s wonderful ‘Blooming Buckets.’ Literally made of large plastic buckets mounted on a steel “stem”, this piece is just so colourful and full of joy. Set against the backdrop of Rangitoto Island, it proved to be one of the most memorable and photographed works in the exhibition.

Detail; John Ferguson, 'Blooming Buckets.' Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Detail; John Ferguson, ‘Blooming Buckets.’ Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Daybreak on the Waitemata Harbour. John Ferguson's 'Blooming Buckets.' Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Daybreak on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand. John Ferguson’s ‘Blooming Buckets.’ Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

One of the first sculptures to be installed; John  Ferguson's 'Blooming Buckets.' Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

One of the first sculptures to be installed; John Ferguson’s ‘Blooming Buckets.’ Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Off to a new home, 'Blooming Buckets' was sold at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Off to a new home, ‘Blooming Buckets’ was sold at NZ Sculpture OnShore, 2014. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Body-subject, body-object: pictures from an exhibition #3

Lang Ea, 'Listen', 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Lang Ea, Listen, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Piled in the entryway of an underground tunnel at a historic military site; Lang Ea’s cement heads – eyes closed, without ears – were for me the most powerful work at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Lang Ea came to New Zealand from Cambodia as a child, and this work, ‘Listen’ resonates with the imagery of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer past.

On the other side of a small glade, in another underground room, Sam Harrison’s ‘Gretchen’  leans against a wall. Exhibited at an event which raises funds for Women’s Refuge, this work inevitably suggest a strong emotional response, yet many visitors have been moved by the simple beauty of her form.

Sam Harrison, 'Gretchen', 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Sam Harrison, Gretchen, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Detail of Ramon Robertson's 'Only in the World' 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Detail of Ramon Robertson’s Only in the World 2014. Background scuplture, Jamie Pickenell, Beach Master, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Ramon Robertson is a Scottish artist now living in New Zealand. His work often features plaster and concrete figures – apparently mass produced, yet somehow unique. The title of this work comes from French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s statement “only in the context of the world we inhabit do we know who we are and what our purpose is.”

Detail of Anna Korver's The Three Sisters, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Detail of Anna Korver’s The Three Sisters, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

In contrast to the human forms depicted in the other artists’ work, Taranaki-based sculptor Anna Korver allows the garment to represent the form. She has developed a considerable body of work based on “the dress.” This piece in basalt is one of three that was exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore.

This post was written as part of Sally’s Phoneography and non SLR Digital Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. This week the theme is black and white.

 

 

… and the dance goes on

Video shot and edited by Su Leslie, 2014.

As NZ Sculpture OnShore was closing up last night, I shot a little bit of video of Auckland artist Marylene Jackson’s wonderful installation “… and the dance goes on.” Marlyne makes wonderful chandeliers from found objects. At the exhibtion, they are hung in trees. I found the sight of one of her works blowing in the wind totally hypnotic.

 

Six word Saturday: hanging out for a quiet cuppa

The closest I'll get to a peaceful cup of tea with the crossword until NZ Sculpture OnShore is over. Detail of Kevin McCardell's 'Best Seat in the House, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie

The closest I’ll get to a peaceful cup of tea with the crossword until NZ Sculpture OnShore is over. Detail of Kevin McCardell’s ‘Best Seat in the House, 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie

It’s the last weekend of the exhibition. By 6pm tomorrow , we’ll be turning off the lights and waving goodbye to the stragglers after 10 full days of being open to the public. Anyone in Auckland this weekend — last chance to see an amazing outdoor sculpture exhibition that raises funds for Women’s Refuge.

Focusing on the intricacies of art

photo 2

Bev Goodwin, ‘Rambler’ (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

The challenge this week, at Lens and Pens by Sally, is to take macro shots. With most of my time at the moment taken up with the 2014 NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition at the moment, it won’t come as any surprise that my photos are of sculptures – or at least details from sculptures. These are all works in the Officers’ Mess Gallery, and were taken on my phone in the quieter moments since we installed the exhibition just over a week ago. I’ve edited all of them to a greater or less extent to focus in on some details.

Marti Wong, 'Dragon' (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Marti Wong, ‘Dragon’ (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Karen Goa, 'Crooked City' (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

Karen Goa, ‘Crooked City’ (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

photo 2-1

Graeme Hitchcock, ‘Flying Ties’ (detail). NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

Alexandra Donaldson, ‘Man Woman Emotion’ (detail). Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with PixlrExpress.

All new: a blast from the past

Benedan McGorry, 'Call Me I Love You' 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie 2014.

Brendan McGorry, ‘Call Me I Love You’ 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie 2014.

39649be8_o

Brendan McGorry, ‘Call Me I Love You’ 2014. Exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Photo: Su Leslie 2014.

Amongst the 100+ sculptures at NZ Sculpture OnShore this year, ‘Call Me I Love You‘ by Auckland artist Brendan McGorry, is proving very popular. A classic “phone box” with a twist; it has the cruciform shape of a traditional church. The smart phone inside the booth works.

Last weekend we had record crowds at the exhibition, and as I arrived I watched people queuing to experience this work of art. And all I could think was “when I was a girl, people actually did this all the time.” And for most of those queuing, it was a wholly novel experience.

And a sign of the times; people aren’t using the phone to call home … they’re taking selfies!