The Art of May
Written for Verve Magazine by Aimée Ralfini.
There is no denying it, Winter is here. Jandals are out. Slippers are in. Images of European Springtime have begun to appear on Instagram feeds like the darling buds of May, serving to illustrate the vastness between the platform and our actual reality that we are miles away, staring down the barrel of winter.
With mobile screens providing little warmth, here is a selection of vibrant art exhibitions to warm your cockles this May.
Double The Pleasure at Anna Miles Gallery
Peter Hawkesby continues to provide pleasure for the arts district of Karangahapae Road by way of his ceramic works. These combine loosely referential objects finished in earthen glases with brightly spray-painted ceramic halos – as if paying homage to the materials found in this notoriously gritty and flamboyant urban locality. The group show also features artists Adrienne Vaughan and Richard Stratton and is on until May 25th.
May Trubuhovich at Masterworks Gallery
Nothing will cosy your heart, more than a tiny button badge of a chirping bird, against a cheery yellow backdrop. Masterworks gallery is exhibiting the much-coveted stitch-work of May Trubuhovich until May 11th. Her first exhibition of fine art outside a career in award-winning film and animation, Trubuhovich’s work is rich with drama, narrative and exquisite detail. These neat petite wearable artworks start at a minuscule $95.
Garden of Memories at Malcolm Smith Gallery
A group show curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts by artists from across Asia and the South Pacific. The exhibition stokes its audience both educationally – and emotionally. Featuring quilt works by Shona Pitt, Sheena Taivairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafile’o, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun. The Garden of Memories is on until May 12th.
Nola Campbell at Tim Melville Gallery
Nola Campbell is part of Colour Field, an Aboriginal Group show at the Tim Melville Gallery.
Campbell’s work documents the country in which she lives via a visually arresting style of painting which talks to the intimate relationship she has with her land.
Raised in a traditional nomadic context, Campbell (originally Yurnangurnu) keeps the stories past and present of her land alive through her bold expressive brush strokes and vibrant colours. Fascinating, colourful and inspiring, Colour Field is on throughout May, until June 8th.
On Paper at Artis Gallery
Originals, screen-prints, woodcuts and photography, Artis Gallery presents a diverse selection of works on paper in this group show. From Emma Bass to Liam Barr, this is an exhibition guaranteed to have something for everyone. Running from May 21st – June 9th, the line-up also includes artists Aroha Gossage, Nigel Brown, Bridget Bidwill, Fatu Feu’u, Weston Frizzell and Michael Smither.
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Widget image credit: Artist Peter Hawkesby from Anna Miles Gallery.