This week we have had a quick catch up with many of our artists. We have heard about some really exciting progressions in their work, both for this exhibition and for other projects they are currently working on.

Askew One’s exhibition, Smoke Signals, opens on Friday at Australis House in Auckland’s Britomart. If you want to know more check out his interview on Radio New Zealand, www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday, or check out Scoop: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1203/S00031/askew-ones-biggest-solo-exhibition-to-date-smoke-signals.htm.   Looks amazing!!

We are excited to hear Sheyne Tuffery is preparing a motion media work. For Wellington people, Sheyne’s amazing work was on show last year at Solander.  They have an ongoing selection of his work in their archives which are a must see. His work is also available from Lesa gallery in Petone, amongst other galleries. For interviews with Sheyne check out Radio New Zealand. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/audio/2408835/artists-sheyne-and-michel-tuffery

We were also delighted to hear from Reweti Arapere:

“When it comes to my Art Practice, I’m mostly a painter with an interest in street art and how we as Maori relate and engage in this art form to pay homage to the past and meaning to our future. “
I’m still at the experimentation stage of my work.

As for were music is at with me, its always part of my art making process.

Besides a few other old school roots albums, Aotearoa music is all I really listen to. 

One of my all time favorites is the track “We who live in Darkness” written by Hone Tuwhare the poet and sung by Dallas Tamaira from Fat Fready’s Drop.

My last show was around 3months ago in Mexico called Aotearoa el Borroco.

Music is something you can take were ever you go and was what kept me happy while away from my wife whanau while in Mexico for 4weeks.”

Spring Rees

Spring is one of the incredibly talented artists who have been included in Pataka’s legendary group shows in recent years, curated by Helen Kedgley, Bob Maysmor and  Kylie Fyfe.  Spring uses jewellery as a metaphoric device to create exciting installations.  She explores cultural identity with her rich, mixed Chinese New Zealand heritage and creates an individualistic visual language.  This is then combined with a strong use of materials to creative exciting, elegant and original objects.  Below is ‘Jade Mirror neck piece’ 2011

 Nestor Opetaia is a star, the man’s not only creating an amazing painting but is working on an original musical composition.

” It has become second nature to express myself through music which makes the creating process an enjoying and satisfying experience .”

“The Universe is my palette therefore my creativity is limitless .”

To hear Nestor’s work or to see his art check out http://www.nestoropetaia.com/

Christine Imlay-Mclean is in the process of creating a new jewelry brand as well as continuing with her successful line, Black Agnes jewelry. We can not wait to see what you are up to Christine!

Basia Smolnicki is an artist who has been a personal inspiration to The Bite Collective.  She is an artist and a person of restraint and elegance, with a shimmer of humor and passion sitting beneath the surface of her work. Her prints are visually concise, complex and always satisfying.

One of the things that interests us the most is what music inspires different people and this is particularly true of Basia. For more information check out www.solandergallery.co.nz/node/511 or www.lesagallery.com/basia-smolnicki/

Matthew McIntyre Wilson is also a personal influence on us.

Matthew is from Taranaki. He reworks traditional forms in a contemporary context, often using a smaller, more delicate scale and always using precious materials. Matthew trained as a jeweller through Whitireia Polytechnic and Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic. It was at Hawke’s Bay Polytechnic during the l990s that Matthew also became interested in Māori weaving, learning customary techniques from friend and master weaver Rangi Kiu. Initially Matthew wove flax, but he soon combined his two areas of passion and expertise. He began to weave in copper and silver. His intricately detailed works could be described as raranga whakairo (woven carving). ” Te Papa archives

As for Marty Vreede, its hard to know how to explain such an expansive printmaker and person. I have been fortunate enough to spend a day in his family home one arts trail day in Wanganui. I was incredibly impressed by the strength of his family and the values they extolled. In the video link below Marty talks a bit about his work – well worth a look.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=524238719722

Rachael Gannaway is working with Benjamin Fulton – musician and CEO/founder of internationally acclaimed guitar effects company Red Witch Analog ltd. They are working along side each other to produce an original piece of music and an artwork which are closely linked.

Rachael is using fabric and screenprinting to realise her vision for the work.


Chloe Reweti is working in print on a piece which is inspired by a Ladi6 song.

“I think nothing quite captures the essence of the craft like art. I am attempting to distill and communicate the essence of a song, while attempting to pay homage to the unique mood of the genre. I am still in the experimental stages.

Trying to communicate imagery that encapsulates all that this song is,
is tough because I have formed an inextricable connection to it. “

I (Fleur Ruth) am currently working on mural commissions for the council and I am experimenting more and more with three dimensional objects, the frustrations of working with constrained workshop studio are giving way to learning how to enjoy the materials and scales suited to my working zone.

I have been working with my Uncle Peter Daly a local musician. It took a couple of attempts to get the piece of music that felt right for Peter so I have explored this collaboration over a series of ideas which has been deepening. The music he has settled on is really special as it is one of his original compositions. This has been a real re-evaluation for me, discovering the joy of working with the emotional currents of his creativity as they mix with my own.

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