Make Yourself at Home

Make Your Self At Home

an existential exploration of space,
place and identity

18th February – 19th March 2017

Curated by Heiwari Johnson. Make Your Self At Home – an existential exploration of space, place and identity, features an exciting line-up 20 selected Hokianga and Northland artists.

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Bizarre Bazaar

Bizarre Bazaar

Outpost Hokianga

Opening 11am Saturday 17th December

11th December 2016 – 12th February 2017

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Imagemaker

Imagemaker

Chris Grosz

Opening 11am Saturday 12th November 2016

Chris Grosz is a renowned political cartoonist, painter, and musician. This retrospective exhibition of his work includes posters, paintings, cartoons and copies of Chris’s graphic novel Kimbell Bent:Malcontent – based on the true story of a British Army deserter who fought with local Maori during the Taranaki Land Wars.


Eclectic, Irreverent Artist Chris Grosz
Holds Major Retrospective in the Hokianga

Last January, Auckland-based poster designer, cartoonist, painter, art director, illustrator and musician, graphic designer, painter, cartoonist, caricaturist, creative director and musician was in the Hokianga, playing slide guitar on the back deck of the Masonic pub in Rawene at the Inaugural Hokianga Messaround. During a break he was surprised to recognise in the crowd a familiar face from the past. It was Kohukohu Village Arts Gallery’s director Marg Morrow and they worked out it had been over forty years since they were both studying at Christchurch’s Ilam art school alongside fellow artists and jug band enthusiasts Bill Hammond, Warwick Brock and Dick Frizzell. That was when they started to plan a major retrospective of Grosz’s work that would cover his prolific output of paintings, cartoons, drawings and illustrations over the past forty years. The ensuing exhibition opens at Village Arts next Saturday November 12 at 11am (with appropriate musical accompaniment) and will run for the following month to allow locals and visitors to experience this self-confessed ‘wild man’s’ unique talent and vision.

Grosz’s multi-media work reflects his wide range of influences from the hand-drawn calligraphy, lino and mono prints made famous by ‘old school’ artists like Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore to his pop art tour posters for some of his favourite musicians including Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, U2, Tom Waits and Ry Cooder. But Grosz is nothing if not eclectic, producing work in a dazzling range of media, including Scraperboard, gouache, water colour and digital drawing with Photoshop. During a long sojourn in Australia he was renowned for his bitingly satirical caricatures of Australian politicians, compiled together in a book titled Australian Encounters. Typical is his version of the moment when Bob Hawke grounded Frank Sinatra’s private jet for calling Australian journalists “bums” and “hookers” after he was harassed by paparazzi. Grosz’s cartoons have featured in publications as diverse as The Melbourne Age, The Bulletin, Time, Qantas review, The Australian Accountant, The Listener, The Daily Mirror, and Meanjin.

This exhibition reflects the impressive scope of Grosz’s mediums and styles, hard and soft, expressionist and hyper-real. As well as his illustrations for children’s books it will also feature original art from his graphic novel, Kimble Bent: Malcontent – published by Random House in 2012. A finalist in the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, it tells the real life adventure story of an American who joined the British army and after a public whipping deserted to live among Taranaki Maori in the 1860s.

These days, Grosz admits he might be getting on but he is not slowing down. As well as his art he regularly tours with a three-piece country blues outfit called the Black Soap Boys and has numerous new creative projects on the boil.

“Death will probably take me out with a pen in my hand. But that’s alright,” he says. “Several of my friends have said ‘you’ve made your run a bit late mate’. And I said, ‘well what does that mean?’ because they’ve all done their thing and they’re all retired and driving around on ride-on mowers and having a wonderful life and now I’m just getting ready to do all these new projects.

“But you know, some people mature later.”

Susy Pointon

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Puea – The Awakening

Puea – The Awakening

Frances Pomare

October 15th – November 6th 2016


The works in Puea signify the change and shift throughout my journey as a Maori Artist and Designer, and the crossover in my works between the two – Art and Design. It’s a reflection of traditional cultural ideas sub consciously filtered into western interpretation by the use of modern material and technique.

Hakuturi “The Forest Guardian” was inspired by the late Ralph Hotere and his notable installation work – Black Phoenix. Ralph Hotere symbolised a new shift in Maori Art that challenged many emerging Maori artists to really think outside the realm of “traditional Maori Art” His style and technique was unique in the sense that he was using various mediums in ways that no other Maori Artist was working in, nor dared to during this time. He had unintentionally laid a path for other emerging Maori artists to explore the unconventional as opposed to the more conventional ideas. The Black Phoenix reiterates the proverb “Ka hinga atu he tete-kura haramai he tete-kura” – “As one fern frond (person) dies – one is born to take its place.

Artist Profile – Frances Pomare (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa) is a self taught multi media Maori artist born in the Te Rarawa region of Panguru in the Hokianga, currently based in Melbourne where she has been working as a Freelance Artist/Designer for the last 5 years. Having been brought up fully immersed in her culture and tikanga Maori as a child, it was at this stage of her life she began to develop ideologies that encompassed both her love of art and being Maori. Her works embody the concept of “he papakainga” – “where one’s roots are forever embedded in our ancestral land throughout life and death.” Whatungarongaro te tangata toitu te whenua.

During the exhibition we will also be showing documentaries on Ralph Hotere’s life and work by Mereta Mita and Sam Pilsbury. The films will show continuously on screen in our small gallery.

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Aberhart in Hokianga

Aberhart in Hokianga

10th September to 9th October 2016

Opening 11am Saturday 10th September

Rich with memory and wairua, the churches of Hokianga represent deep expressions of commitment to spiritual faith, whanau, and community.

Village Arts is pleased to present a selection of images of Hokianga churches by leading New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart… Alongside we will be premiering three short films on the stories of Hokianga churches made by local documentarians Clare Ward and Marg Morrow.

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