Friday, November 29, 2013

Left-Field presents: Toni Mosley and Sarah Walker-Holt

Toni will be exhibiting retrospectively her elaborate, whimsically handmade and printed books while at Left-Field over the next 3 weekends that she has created over a number of years. Toni is wanting to engage and examine the audience as they interact and contemplatively view them. Toni's books will make a very interesting presentation as they will hang from the ceiling and concertina out around the room.

Sarah will be presenting her project Collective Production which reflects her recent efforts to produce, with the help of Left-Field and friends, a small mass production of pieces that will be for sale. Sale-ability is not normally something that is high on Sarah's agenda as an artist, but this body of work has been created in an effort to fund her trip to Schmuck and Wunderruma in Munich next year.

Wunderruma is a show being curated by Karl Fritsch and Warwick Freeman that will present a survey of jewellery making in NZ.  Sarah decided that this would be a good time to experience, learn and expand from this prominently exciting event seeing that she will have some work in the Wunderruma show. So she hopes you can all find a little time over the coming weeks to support her, visit Left-Field and buy one or two pieces as they are very affordable, ranging from $30 - $70. 

If you would like to support and can’t make it to Left-Field or would like to visit outside of our open hours please don’t hesitate to call/text her and make other arrangements on 021 1040716 or email
Your support will be gratefully accepted.

Left-Field 2013

Collective Production Workshop

Thanks to all of Left-Field, family and friends; Ani Hirini, Bella Smith, Mark Mockridge, Janice Mockridge and her international student Blinda, and also Erikas friends, Nadia, Christine, Julie and Nelliette that helped out over last week constructing pieces for me for the upcoming presentation of mine and Toni's work.

Erika Wolters (Center) with friends Christine and Nelliette

For Erika's friends this was bit of a challenge and not what they expected, but they all did a great job. Julie and Nadia attached the cords and I was really impressed with both Christine and Nelliette not being afraid to 'give it a go' with the jewellery saw, drill and riveting.
Toni mosley and Matt Deyo hard at work for me gluing and filing

Now that Anna has donated an old BBQ - Matt, Bella, Caroline and I had an awesome BBQ after all the hard work on Saturday and hopefully we get a lot more use out of it over the summer months. Also a special thanks to Lucy as I would of been at a loss without her jewellery bench.

This was a great experiment for future workshops at Left-Field with lots of enthusiasm and positive feedback. 

Thanks again to everyone - great job
Sarah Walker-Holt 2013  

Images from the recent John Hill Vineyard Show

Thanks Elle Anderson for you hard work pulling together Left-Field's 1st collaborative Show at the John Hill Vineyard in Huna......................................

Anna Scott

Caroline Griffin and Matt Deyo

Elle Anderson, Erika Wolters and Toni Mosley

Elle has been pulling together artists to present their work from the Hunua/Clevedon area for at least the last couple of years and she has just handed the organizing over so it was great that Left-Field was her last show their and Left-Fields first presentation together to get the ball rolling.

Sarah Walker-Holt and Lucy Pierpoint

Images: Elle Anderson

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Left-Fields Creative Neighbour: Flux Studio

 Left-field is lucky to be situated right next door to Flux studio, a foundry owned and operated by the renowned artist and casting specialist Frank Watson.
Frank in his Flux Studio
 Recently transformed, the front half of Frank’s cabin is now an open studio/presentation space where everyone is welcome to visit and enquire. As a Bronze and silver casting specialist, he is well respected for his fine art casting skills as well as his own work that is based on botanical themes.

 Frank’s castings, interesting wealth of experience and the lovely tranquil setting in Clevedon Nursery makes this a worthy visit. Flux is one of a number of artist studios in the Clevedon area.

Flux Studio is open to visitors;
Monday – Friday and Sunday 
10am to 4pm

ph +64 272866148

Friday, November 22, 2013

Visiting the Objective Art Awards 2013

 by Caroline Griffin

Recently I visited the Objective Awards with Sarah and we talked about the exhibition and of course her work in the awards titled Time Parallel, which I must say on behalf of Left-Field collective, we are very pleased to see in this show.

Anna Rae (Mangere Arts Centre) and Sarah in front of Sarah’s work.
Photo: C Griffin
 We found at the entrance to the gallery a small white statue of a man with jeans and bare torso with brick-like goggles this interestingly is made from casting plaster. The title M.O.W2 left me guessing but I think something about a virtual gaming world with plaster models like my son painted years ago. The figure had an upward gazing stance somewhat searching or looking into the heavens. Anyway we were keen to move on into the room.

Firstly the light in the room is at its bare minimum so a moment is required to pause and adjust which I think is a good thing as it slows things down. On first inspection the walls are lightly filled with works and there are three cluster arrangements of glass covered plinths for the other works.

This year the show has fewer works than in previous years with twenty-four works in one room. The winner is a ceramic urn by Richard Stratton, second prize went to Fran Allison for her lei work - My Place, and third prize was awarded to Ross Malcolm for his brooch titled Pseudo Curio. Really nice to see two of the top prizes going to people (Fran and Ross) who we know from the Jewellery department at Manukau School of Visual Arts. Both works look at an aspect of Pacific history and how in different ways it has an impact on us and this follows the whakatauki for the exhibition; People come and go, the land remains.

What I noticed was there seems to have been a careful selection from the various disciplines of object making. There are 8 jewellery works, 7 ceramic works, 2 glass works, 3 woven works, and 4 other-type works. Our overall reaction was that it looks like the selection quality has been raised and that surely it must have been difficult to select from such a wide range of disciplines.

Sarah and I had a discussion about how within the different object making disciplines there seems to be more opportunity to push the boundaries with medium within jewellery and the jewellery community is actively doing this. Ceramics has a long tradition but is limited by its medium although I did notice polymer clay at the Portage Awards. It’s an interesting conversation to select from a diverse range of disciplines and talk about skills, boundaries and traditions. Not an easy task and I imagine a difficult task for the judges to choose the work. 

Sarah Walker-Holt, Time Parallel.
Photo: C Griffin
 I was interested to hear Sarah talk about her work. I know partly what her work is about but its ambiguous quality has always intrigued me. Sarah talks about the knowledge of the future generation is not learnt or passed on but believes it is somehow a part of us which is carefully tied in with her chosen medium of old wooden kitchen utensils. These old utensils have the patina and character of everyday use and carry knowledge of their owner. These are then dissected and rebuilt from a variety of different objects coming together in new forms which result in something that looks like it has a purpose of some sort but not obvious and not known.  Perhaps something which may jog memories and these memories of course will be different from person to person. For me there were memories of old wooden skipping ropes and worn timbers and sash ropes of colonial houses by the beach and in the background the kitchen utensil quietly nodding to its domestic roots. There is also a possible futuristic apoplectic quality to Sarah’s work where we revalue past experiences. Sarah supplied a kitchen utensil hook for her work to hang from the wall which cleverly dictates how the work is shown.

We were pleased to see Renee Bevan’s balloon pieces carefully placed in the show next white domestic-ware ceramics. Renee’s and Fran’s work both talk about the exhaled breath Fran’s perhaps the final exhaled breath whereas Renee is a more playful breath.

Ross Malcolm is known to us through the MIT jewellery department. His work is based on a flowering parasitical plant whose common name is woodrose and these brought back memories for me of when these woodrose could be found in souvenir shops in New Zealand years and years ago. I had completely forgotten all about them until seeing Ross’s work.

Our visit was fairly rushed and I felt I needed more time or an artist statement to access some of these works. The works have been left without their artist statements which I find rather intriguing as one was required for the judging but then deemed unimportant for the rest of us although the three prize winners have their statements printed in the catalogue. Artists are required to spend time on carefully writing these statements which I personally would prefer not to do, so I only think it’s fair to include them along with the work.

The Objective Awards close on the 1 December.

Caroline Griffin

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sarah Walker-Holt reflects - her show with Occupation:Artist in Wellington

 I was recently invited to present some work with Wellington’s Occupation: Artist where they presented a combination of my You’d and Prolong Button-Hole Brooches in their window space, along with some of my images, created with the help of Left-Field, that demonstrate wearers responses.

 Previously, I have been drawn to the creative atmosphere of Wellington, especially the fantastic community of jewelers that practice there, so I was thrilled by the invitation and although disappointed that I couldn't be there myself I was thankful for jeweler Nadine Smiths gracious install of my work. The Occupation: Artists have had a working studio and exhibition space through the Urban Dream Brokerage since about April and have been located in the Grand Arcade, Willis Street. While there, they have used its large window to their advantage, intriguing the regular passers-by, Nadine stating that they have had quite a different audience from usual gallery spaces due to its location. This is exciting as one of the challenging objects of presenting contemporary jewellery is exposing it to those that aren’t aware of it. Nadine was thrilled to tell me my work was well received and that a number of the people who have seen their shows were sad they were leaving because it enlivened the arcade.

 Letting Space’s Urban Dream Brokerage, who has made this all possible, is an agency that temporarily unites innovative art projects with vacant property spaces and is curated by Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram. UDB’s project 6 is Occupation: Artist and time is up for them in the Grand Arcade but they are currently excited about relocating. Nadine recently told me, “We have found another space but not with window frontage so we may have to work a little harder to lure people in. It has natural light and will be a great work space”. I am interested to see how the next space changes their emphasis and definitely looking forward to seeing what they do.

Occupation: Artists
Sarah Read, Vivien Atkinson, Nadine Smith and Kelly McDonald

Images courtesy of Nadine Smith 

Friday, November 15, 2013

lucys work with the transit collective ...........

Be sure to catch some of Lucy Pierpoint's work in Newmarket this coming weekend with the
Transit Collective.

It's only on for 3 days
Friday 15 Nov - Sunday 17 Nov
10am - 4pm

Opening is tonight for those who can make it from 6-8pm

at Guerrilla Galleries

Transit Collective transforms two unrented retail spaces in station square by creating guerrilla galleries for the Newmarket Festival. These temporary galleries are a way for artists to connect with communities and inject culture into underused urban spaces, while providing a platform to show their work.
Lucy Pierpoint, TV Screen Rings

Toni's off to Spain.............

Exiting news for Toni Mosley as she is about to fly away to Barcelona next April where she has been granted a support stipend by Can Serrat for a 30 day Art Residency in April 2014.

Can Serrat is an Art Residency facility set in Montserrat Natural Park and was founded in 1988 to accommodate a exciting communal environment where artists can live and work.

Print Studio at Can Serrat
We will look forward to seeing what Toni produces from this adventure and wish her all the best.

For some interesting past resident artists at Can Serrat check out there blog;

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

elle anderson page

Please check out Elle's info page on our blog that she has done for us  - It is the first page to be completed and gives a concise overview of her practice..................just click on her name in the above panel..............

Friday, November 8, 2013

Erika's Move

 Since Left-Field start earlier this year Erika Wolters has made the most of the cabin, working in there from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Her provocative mixed media portraits openly accentuate today’s fascination with one’s physical appearance and the lengths women are encouraged to go to in the desire for so called beauty. Luckily, I caught up with Wolters before she moves out of Left-Fields cabin and into her new studio at home…………

 Wolters is a soft spoken woman, engagingly modest, who herself is naturally attractive, and looks after her health. She drinks herb tea and doesn’t buy any food that has more than 3 ingredients, so there are no demons knocking on her door about self-worth, Wolters just cares; she is attentive and works in a delicate, administrative, methodical manner.

Erika Wolters at her desk
Currently she is excited about getting her website up and running and seeing her work online as well as just finishing a large Great Gatsby backdrop mural for a local ball that challenged her in terms of scale and space.

 Wolters portraits are an imperative discussion about beauty and in art beauty is a big subject that makes me think of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work and his quote,

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.”[1]

 His photography was sophisticated and confrontationally ground breaking, showing images of people that an audience wasn’t used to seeing, his work is pivotal to the perception of beauty and what we think it is. Wolters though, is seeing through eyes that have possibly come full circle, she is looking to capture the ugliness and ridiculousness that the desire for beauty has now come to and in doing this her distorted images become caricature’s that prompt me to associate characters like Leela, of Futurama, set in portraitures of black humour. Wolters makes a mockery of the portrayed sophistication used in the advertising world that she sources her images from and manages to make appealing images out of something that theoretically she is suggesting is unappealing and sad. 

 One of Wolter’s latest paintings utilises the surface of a clock where she sees the fun in juxtaposing her imagery with the idea of time. I for one, generally, admire her provocation and would quite happily place one of her portraits next to my mirror, if only to bring me back to reality as I slowly notice the lines of age creep onto my face every time I look and wonder where the real me has gone. Of course, I am just mourning my youth. Maybe when people have children they should give them a best before date, so as young adults they have no misconceived notions of eternal youth like they seem to have when they talk and look at their parents as if they were never young. I know I looked at my parents this way! Now this starts to sound like I think there is only beauty in youth, which isn't so, really it just demonstrates the multiple complexities of beauty as subject.

Text and Images S Walker-Holt 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tuesdays with Lucy

Lucy has moved on in to the cabin and is hoping to be there most Tuesdays from about 10 - 3. I paid her a visit to see what she is up to.................

Lucy Pierpoint at her newly arranged Jewellery bench. 

Having a background in waste management has proven to be pivotal to Lucy’s contemporary jewellery practice. Since 2010 she has been fascinated with the use of not all waste or the understandable culprit plastic, but one genre in particular, analogue technology paraphernalia. I think we have all seen artists doing the obvious and utilising discarded out-dated circuitry boards, but Pierpoint has taken it one step back and is using materials that her generation grew up with; Floppy disc’s, type writer ribbon, cassette tape, video tape, film and TV screens are some of the materials she has utilised so far to great effect. 

And why not transfer these materials into a position of jewellery? I can’t think of anything more appropriate than giving them this elevation. Most of us are guilty of keeping up with technology and easily disregarding what has gone before, these materials are our identity, we need to show them some respect for what they have given us. Of course the material itself is not gold but by the time Pierpoint has transformed it there is definitely something a lot more precious going on and as for wearing it, I agree with Pierpoint’s insinuation that we should take ownership of it; it is our waste after all. 

Pierpoint is currently looking for new materials that she can experiment with while at the same time sourcing more film which she would still like to transform further. In previous experimentation she discovered the brilliant colours that can be brought out of it …………..

Concurrently Pierpoint has her TV screen rings on display at Debrasic, Lauren Haynes new contemporary jewellery workshop/store in Thames.

But getting back to the circuitry boards, I found some irony when I searched and found this for sale;
·         Scrap Computer Circuit Boards for Gold and Precious Metal Recovery Approx 33 #'s
·         33 pounds of scrap circuit boards for gold and other precious metal recovery. No brown low grade boards!! Pictures are actual boards you will receive.
·         Condition
·         Time left  6d 1h 20m

You are bidding on a box of misc. These boards are clean and still have the gold attached. Again, the gold fingers are still connected. There is no guarantee on ram or processors being attached.

GOLD!? WOW............
So go for gold Lucy there is definitely some there in unwanted technology…………..I will look forward to seeing what comes next.

Sarah Walker-Holt 7 Nov 2013

Cabin Date Reminder

Just reminding all members that we are nearing the end of the year.

4-24 Nov Matt (not using)

Matt has requested that his date be moved to when he is taking leave from work over Christmas so this leaves the cabin free until Toni is in on the 25th.

25-15 Dec Toni

16 Dec - Group (Matt - dates to be confirmed)