The Cut Collective

Cut Collective consists of five like-minded people, all from different backgrounds in art. They are based in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Street art – Oi YOU! Website describes them like this:

The members all produce very distinctive imagery, which incorporates elements from popular culture, graphic design, local history and contemporary political issues.

Cut Collective’s practice ranges from commissioned artworks to gallery exhibitions, public murals, commercial design and illustration and apparel.

Picture perfect in a world of chaos- Public access 5, by the Cut Collective. (photos from Cut Collectives facebook page)

Picture perfect in a world of chaos- Public access 5, by the Cut Collective. (photos from Cut Collectives facebook page)

One of their exhibitions that really caught my eye was Public Access 5 – Picture perfect in a world of chaos. It happened a few years ago now. But the content is still relevant to things that are going on around the world now. Some peoples fairytale stories (or how they’re portrayed to us in the media anyway) couldn’t be further from the reality of the hardship of others in the world.

On one side of the artwork is a scene that you’d imagine in a fairytale, Full of bright colour, with Prince William, his bride Kate Middleton, Bambi & the a few of the 7 dwarfs. On the other side, the complete opposite – a dark war scene. Some of the 7 dwarfs are a lot worse off in this scenario.

It also made me think about how one picture shows only a second, even less, in time. There is so much more beyond the ‘picture perfect.’ And do we choose to stay in our fantasy worlds, or push further through to where we can be part of the change?

Picture perfect in a world of chaos, Public Access 5, the Cut Collective (photo from cut collective facebook page)

Picture perfect in a world of chaos, Public Access 5, the Cut Collective (photo from cut collective facebook page)

On the Cut Collective website it says this about the artwork:

Working around the central theme of “Picture Perfect in a World of Chaos”, this show deals with the representation of a world that is a palpable fantasy, and looks to explore the ridiculous nature of the variant realities we receive through multiple media channels. Something we here at CC have come to call “The Gap”

Read more about this exhibition and check out more pics here.

Picture perfect in a world of chaos, Public access 5, by the Cut Collective (photo from cut collective facebook page)

Picture perfect in a world of chaos, Public access 5, by the Cut Collective (photo from cut collective facebook page)

Ralph Hotere protest piece sells for $183,000

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International Art Centre director Richard Thomson with Ralph Hotere’s painting Vive Aramoana. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Fairfax NZ

When I came across this article online, I thought it was great. It just goes to show that visual art like this has a lasting voice and presence. It will still speak for generations.

“A Ralph Hotere [Hone Papita Raukura “Ralph” Hotere] artwork depicting the fight to stop an aluminium smelter being built at Aramoana sold for $183,000 at an auction in Auckland in November 2012.

The work, Vive Aramoana, was part of an 11-piece collection that once hung in the historic Carey’s Bay Hotel, in Port Chalmers, and was sold by the International Art Centre in Parnell.”

“The artist painted Vive Aramoana in the early 1980s as part of the protest movement to stop an aluminium smelter being built at the entrance to Otago Harbour.”

He also produced the series protesting against a controversial rugby tour by New Zealand of apartheid-era South Africa (Black Union Jack) in 1981, and the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior (Black rainbow) in 1985. More recently, his reactions to Middle-East politics have resulted in works such as Jerusalem, Jerusalem and This might be a double cross jack. (Sourced from Wikipedia)

New Zealand Sculpture ON Shore III raises money for Woman’s Refuge

Artist, Joe Kemp's sculptural piece 'Matau A Maui'.Photo by Howard Williams.

Artist, Joe Kemp’s sculptural piece ‘Matau A Maui’. Photo by Howard Williams. Photo sourced from New Zealand Sculpture ON Shore Facebook page.

NZ Sculpture OnShore is an outdoor exhibition that happens every two years and is based in Auckland’s North Shore.

New Zealand artists from all different artistic backgrounds joined in to be a part of this event in 2012.

Money raised from this exhibition went towards Women’s Refuge.

Lake Rotorua artist Joe Kemp’s piece entitled Matau a Maui (the fish hook of Maui), took six weeks to make. The artwork represents the strength of women.

He said he was proud to support women and had chosen the fish hook as his main piece as legend states Maui made the fish hook used to bring up the North Island from his sorcerer grandmother’s jaw-bone. The theme of this year’s exhibition was the beach or the Year of the Menagerie, which the fish hook fitted well with, Mr Kemp said.

Read more here. See the gallery of artworks here.

Blast! the exhibition-work by anti-nuclear artists

Vessel and Blast, Pat Hanly, 1986

In 1987 the decision was made by the government to make New Zealand a nuclear-free country.

This Auckland exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of this event in NZ history, with anti-nuclear paintings by kiwi artist Pat Hanly, and documentary photographs by his wife Gil Hanly.

Read more here.