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AWA18 | 5 mins with Fatina Chan

Formed by the existing fixing points along Upper Vulcan Lane, ‘Lane Wave’ delineates the invisible dynamic verticality of the laneway, introducing vitality, boldness and sense of scale.

This temporary installation offers a spectacular to slow down or pause; as well as a viewing lens to re-evaluate and rethink our relationships with the city.  We caught up with Fatina Chan to find out more.

Describe your piece of work/installation in three words
Bold |Dynamic | Incongruous

What inspired it?
From the very beginning we knew Upper Vulcan Lane would be our preferred site. We like its existing vibes and the connectivity that it is offering to the public. The inspiration came from the laneway itself, its intimate scale, verticality, materiality and the pedestrian movement. We came up with the idea of injecting an intervention that is bold, but soft and dynamic with-in the laneway, something that is unexpected and contrasts to the surrounding.

What’s your creative process?
The creative process of this project is slightly to my own personal creative process. It is collaborative work, and I am working with Zee Shake Lee (link) who has experiences in public-art/installations.

We started with questioning of the ‘big picture’ of what we want to achieve, how we want the public to perceive and sense it, and what kind of experience or memory we would like to offer to the public. Then we went away to brainstorm individually, followed by multiple discussions around our ideas and thoughts. We discussed, discussed, and discussed and came to an idea which we both agreed on.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
The art scene in Auckland New Zealand to my mind is very inclusive nationally, providing good platforms to local artists. I would like to see more international exhibitions in New Zealand/Auckland in the future.

Are there any artists/pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Portrait without a Face in FOX JENSEN McCRORY.
The Bubble Illusion by Rebecca Heap.
The Suffrage of COVEN by Coven Collective.

What is your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you follow and where?
Ben Young
Mikael Christian Strøbek
Christo and Jeanne-Claude

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
Mediation | Sophie Meiers
Ain’t Callin’ Me Baby | vbnd
#0000FF | Jasmine Sokko

Word Association:
Auckland – Hilly
Art – Expression
Festival – People
Creative – Doubt
Collaboration – Fun
Summer – Sea

Fatina Chan is one of the creators of Lane Waves for Changing Lanes, as part of Artweek Auckland 6 – 14 October.

AWA18 | 5 mins with Tipare

Artist, Tīpare examines citizenship from a wahine Māori perspective through her multimedia exhibit at Mangere Arts Centre. Her work explores protest movements, the #metoo phenomenon, matrimonial land ownership and dual citizenship.


Describe your piece of work/installation in three words

uwha, fierce, complicated

What inspired it?
Every female I’ve ever known.

What’s your creative process?
I’m a multimedia artist. I let whatever the intention of the piece is to decide what media will speak its purpose best. I don’t have any fixed way of approaching art, I literally get a million things running through my mind about a subject, take their attached emotions and try to create something simple with a lot of layers you might feel but not know why.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland? New Zealand?
I love coming home to NZ after being oversees. The art we have here is world class and it’s unique. NZ gives space now for every facet of society to have a voice, and on top of that, the execution of these works is as competitive and differentiating as you’d find internationally. Māori artists are reaching and expressing way beyond any paradigm ever set and are delivering truly incredible works that would make our tūpuna proud while also just shaking you as a human being.

Are there any artists/pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Frank Oceans new album

What is your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you follow and where?
Willie Verse, Solange, Erykah Badu – all on Insta

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
Nina Simone -‘Since I fell for you’
Travis Scott ‘Sicko mode’
Prince ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker’

Word Association:
Auckland – 1000 lovers
Art – #
Festival – overwhelming
Creative – life
Collaboration – trust
Summer – vitamin D

See Tīpare’s exhibition Uwha 13 October – 17 November at Mangere Arts Centre, as part of Artweek Auckland 6 – 14 October

AWA18 | 5 mins with Sam Mitchell

Commemorating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Sam Mitchell’s new series of works depicts influential female figures.

Describe your piece of work/installation in three words
Women, Creatives, Hommage

What inspired it?
125 years of Suffrage in New Zealand

What’s your creative process?
Acrylic painted in reverse on Perspex, I am dyslexic so painting backwards is an easy process.

What do you think of the Art scene in Auckland?
Vibrant New Zealand, Blossoming

Are there any artists/pieces of work that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
ARTWEEK 2018 is packed full of events that I am looking forward to hard to pick just one… It gives me a chance to get around to all the Galleries both Public and dealer to see a varied array of amazing art.

What is your social media of choice?
Instagram. @brownbacon I post most new work on this

Who do you follow and where?
Grayson Perry, Mary Beard, Wayne Youle, Gavin Hurley, Imogen Tayor, Kirstin Carlin all on Instagram

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist right now?
DAVID BOWIE – Moonage DayDream,
David Bowie -Win
Apex Twin- We are the music makers

Word Association:
Auckland-Humid
Art-Speed
Festival-Crowds
Creative-Dreamer
Collaboration-Exciting
Summer-Sunglasses

See Sam Mitchell’s exhibition Fight Like a Girl until 6 October at Melanie Roger Gallery, as part of Artweek Auckland 6 – 14 October.

humans of mac+mae: Sophie Watson

The Rock Pool is a small landscape format soft cover book from 1957, put out by the school publications branch of the NZ department of education. The cover is printed in red and green and the inside is black and white. I have quite a few of these (literally) old school publications but this one is my favourite.

I love the images on the front and back covers, with their clever interaction of the transparent red overlaying the green to make the third purplish brown colour. It’s a very simple trick but having done a fair bit of screen printing I know it can be difficult to get it right, you have to build some slippage in to the image in case the registration is off, without it looking misaligned.

It’s special to me in the way that a favourite piece of art is special, there is something I find really visually satisfying about its illustration and design. We are told not to judge books by their cover but as someone who creates visual imagery I just can’t. I have a collection of books which I’ve bought solely for their beautiful cover designs. The cover illustration was created by the NZ illustrator and potter Roy Cowan who, together with his wife Juliet Peter (also an illustrator and potter) were significant figures in New Zealand’s modernist art scene. The bargain hunter in me loves that I can own a wonderful piece of art from an acclaimed modernist artist all for a few bucks!

And finally, it’s special to me is because it reminds me of being a kid and poking about in warm lively rock pools. It’s good to have a reference and a reminder of how weird and fascinating the world is when you go looking closely at it.

Sophie Watson is an Auckland-based artist, illustrator, and zine maker.  She’s involved with the Auckland zine scene and has previously ran a shop and gallery, The High Seas, which showcased a wide range of artists, illustrators, musicians, and comic and zine makers.  Her wonky, compelling illustrations hint at a wry sense of humor and a fascination with mythic and everyday strangeness.

Sophie and the Paper Assassins – a collective of Auckland illustrators – are putting together a fictional fiction themed exhibition as part of Auckland Art Week.  Step into their alternative universe bookshop from 8-16 October.  Find out more here.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM