THE EYE OF GOD
by PAUL AMLEHN
Born in Auckland, Amlehn moved to New York in the 90’s and established an art career that spans 28 years. He works in the mediums of text, music, photography, and film. He has collaborated with musicians from the bands of David Bowie, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Philip Glass, and painter Gerhard Richter and filmmaker David Lynch who are providing cover art for his albums of music.
Paul has exhibited his art in many of the world’s top galleries, museums, and festivals, including the prestigious “Olympics of the art world,” the Venice Biennale, where he has shown his work three times, being the first and only New Zealander to do so.
by KRIS ERICKSEN
Inspired by the idea of play, Kris created Plato because he truly believes that play and creativity are important parts of our lives. Like the building blocks from our childhood we are only limited by our imagination as to what can be assembled using this system.
Plato provides an outlet for play that results in functional and beautiful everyday objects. Beyond lighting Kris wants to apply the same principles of play to other products. Kris brings a combination of Danish and New Zealand origins influencing Plato, coupling South Pacific ingenuity and a “can do” attitude with the simplicity, minimalism and functionality of Scandinavian design heritage.
by SIMON MARK
“The vantage points in Mark’s photographs comprise unexpectedly oblique angles: views from above, into a small opening, from the side, closing in perceptively on a small detail. Mark’s camera eye is also drawn toward scratched and weathered surfaces, anachronistic machines and dead tech, and precarious stacks of visually striking material…He takes the act of image making or viewing and turns it into an eminently contradictory pursuit. There is chaos and quiet reflection, often with colour, in addition to the intricate geometric intersections found in everyday chaos.”
(Dr Martin Patrick, an art critic and writer at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington).
Dr Mark has exhibited in China, India, Nepal and New Zealand over the past 18 years. The works in the exhibition at Potocki Paterson Art Gallery were shown in Beijing last year, but this is the first time they have been exhibited in New Zealand.
by MORAG STOKES
2018 Parkin Drawing Finalist, Morag Stokes (Scotland), manipulates Chinese ink and graphite on yupo paper to harness the natural forces of gravity, friction, suction and temperature.
Primitive life forms, suggestive of vibrations, resonate bands and passages into distant places. The works are a Primordial Soup of creation myths – cultural, traditional and religious accounts which describe the earliest beginnings of the present world such as the cosmic egg and earth diving bird/amphibian, the contemplation of chaos into order and the metamorphosis of nascent forms through subterranean worlds, amongst many others. According to Celtic primordial myth, creation began as a great strain of Melody which moved across endless waters. It was the breath of the primordial God that sang Creation into existence. To the Celts, it was known as the Oran Mór and to this day it is said to be woven through the very fabric of life.
by SIMON KERR
All recently worked out from within the confines of Cell 28 showcasing some of Kerr’s boldest and most thought provoking work to date. They are full of colour, reflection, poetry and romance – celebrating self-reformation, freedom, and the ingenious artistic progression of the infamous Simon Kerr.
by DAVID le FLEMING
Oil painter David Le Fleming, recently returned to Wellington after 15 years painting in London’s Hackney Wick, wants to draw our attention to everyday people who hold communities together and often go unrecognised.
Using reclaimed surfaces like car bonnets, waste packaging and filing cabinet shelves, Le Fleming has painted large-scale, detailed portraits, including people known to the artist who he considers to be stand up humans.
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