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The current series uses collapsing material to play with soft & hard. What appears super soft is in fact very heavy and hard. The mechanics of the viewers experience can be fun too. One can see the energy and immediacy of my making captured in the piece which adds a performative element in the work. Playing with the viewer via a loop, drawing people in with colour, texture and the illusion of softness , letting them out while they question what is, then drawing them back with the fun, funny aspect, can add a performative aspective to the viewers experience Even if it unconscious. It is my hope the experience of viewing reflects how the work itself operates. I love satirical comedy and the ‘fun-ness’ aspect of the work allows me to use humour and joy to broach some serious political narratives without boring the trousers off my audience.
15 Jan 2020
In this Vivian Film - Peter talks about his practice and works currently on show in The Vivian Summer Show. Peter Panyockzki is an artist of international standing - and we’re allways delighted to get the opportunity to show his works at The Vivian.
9 Jan 2020
One of the most colourful characters on the New Zealand art scene – Barry Lett (1940-2017) was a strong supporter of The Vivian. This delightful small show is a treasure box of visual gems.
15 Dec 2019
In this Vivian Film, we talk with internationally renowned, Australian artist, Gregory Pryor on the opening evening of his show at The Vivian 'Dragging Tail'. Gregory is showing at The Vivian for the very first time. This show is a gorgeously textured, deeply mystical journey that explores the collision between the early colonial history of Australia and a landscape and culture that preceded it by tens of thousands of years. The timing for a show like this has never been better. Both deeply moving and magical, please come along to experience it for yourself.
1 Dec 2019
Fitting for someone about to embark on a McCahon residency, the title of this show directly references McCahon’s 1961 painting, ‘Here I give thanks to Mondrian’. In a world where it can sometimes feel everyone is only in it for themselves, Wayne thought it was refreshing to see such an open and honest homage.
19 Oct 2019
In this short film Scott introduces three new shows at The Vivian - Featuring Iain Cheesman, Wayne Youle and Rainer beneke
28 Aug 2019
In this short video, Scott Lawrie talks us through the latest shows at The Vivian. ‘Still No Answer’ in the North Gallery, ‘Higher Thinking’ in the South Gallery and ‘Declarations’ in the Studio Gallery.
19 Aug 2019
In this Vivian Film we talk with Scott Lawrie and Beverly Knight from Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne about the significant and eye-popping work by Sally Gabori which featured on The Vivian stand at this year's Auckland Art Fair.
15 Aug 2019
It's almost a year since The Vivian hosted our very first performance event - Ivan Lupi – 'X'. The response was amazing and we asked Ivan if he would take part just one more time... and he said yes! Make sure you don't miss this - We promise you will never forget it. This is an R18 event – and the North Gallery will only be accessible to participants between 2 – 4pm. The rest of the gallery remains open as usual.
11 Aug 2019
In this Artist Talk and Q&A, Rupert Herring takes us on a journey through his practice – and works currently on show in 'The Avenue Where The Silhouettes Pass'. Rupert’s work is well-known and well-loved – And in this, his first solo show at The Vivian – you’ll see a marked progression in both style – and influence. Elements from Greek and Roman architectural forms contrast with personal explorations of New Zealand landscapes in a range of woods; all sustainable and mostly salvaged.