Melanie Oliver

Exhibition

Issy Van Der Leden: Dog Days

What you’ll find down an Internet rabbit hole.

Commentary
Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind

Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind

Painted blue and patterned with rust, the thin plywood panels and screens lean nonchalantly around the walls of the gallery and form a skyline of sorts. Across the floor sculptures intersect the space, with groupings of tall rods, waist-high enclosures, clusters of plywood shapes and a small kayak frame on salvaged seaweed and driftwood. Islands for the audience to navigate. The forms are roughly human in scale and relative to the body, generating an intensity and making this an immersive installation to wade through. 

Exhibition

Steve Carr: In Bloom

Bronze-cast tyres and living plants present a contrast in materials, reflecting on states of permanence and change. 

Exhibition

Xin Cheng and Eleanor Cooper: The rustling wind reminds me of life on Earth

Artists Xin Cheng and Eleanor Cooper are interested in ecosystems and everyday resourcefulness.

Notes
A Quick Q&A with James Oram

A Quick Q&A with James Oram

Over lockdown, Ōtautahi artist James Oram made a new work for our online exhibition Spheres: An Online Video Project. I asked him a few questions about the making of the work, which is up on our website until the end of October.

Exhibition

Spheres: An Online Video Project

An online series of moving image works exploring social distance and personal environments including works from Xin Cheng, John Chrisstoffels, Conor Clarke, Ronnie van Hout, Sonya Lacey, Janet Lilo, Sione Monu, James Oram, Nova Paul, Bridget Reweti, Sriwhana Spong and Matavai Taulangau.

Exhibition

Touching Sight: Conor Clarke, Emma Fitts, Oliver Perkins

New photography, textiles and painting from three Ōtautahi artists.

Notes
Spheres: An Online Video Project

Spheres: An Online Video Project

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with fellow curator Nathan Pohio on an online video project that we’ve called Spheres. I’ve only recently joined the Gallery, so it’s been helpful to have something to focus on from home as well as a reason to be in touch with some interesting artists.

Exhibition

Dane Mitchell: Post Hoc

Dane Mitchell’s Post hoc conjures the ghosts of our past, calling up millions of lost, extinct and obsolete things.

My Favourite
Peter Roche's Untitled 2011

Peter Roche's Untitled 2011

Since I moved to Christchurch quite recently, I don’t have a particular old friend in the collection that I miss spending time with. However, I do have fond memories of my first visit to Christchurch as a University of Otago student during the summer holidays.