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DocEdge 17 | Max Gimblett : Original Mind

Australia / United States | 2017 | 50 min | English | Rhys Mitchell

‘Max Gimblett : Original Mind’ is a glimpse into the life of Max Gimblett – one of  New Zealand’s most outstanding living Artists – and gives us insight to the workings of his Loft Studio in New York, which he acquired in 1974.

Gimblett talks about some of his earlier inspiration; being influenced by Matisse and starting ink drawing while he was in San Francisco in the mid 60’s, and becoming more strongly influenced by Japanese Calligraphy a few years later, when he was in Indiana. This influence helps us understand perhaps why he moved to Buddhism; He is now an avowed Rensai Zen Priest. These concepts and belief systems are evident in much of his work, and his spirituality seems to be a driving force behind his studio practice, as well as his everyday life.

Gimblett’s approach of creating, doing and feeling before over-thinking results in much of his extraordinarily expressive yet minimalist paintings and drawings. Over the years he has built an impressive and immense body of work, and this is continuously growing – his creative genius seemingly no where near exhausted.

‘Max Gimblett : Original Mind’ is 50 minutes of enjoyment and insight into one of New Zealand’s most relevant and intriguing artists, and well worth viewing.

The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June – www.docedge.nz

humans of mac+mae: Tiffany Singh

This is a Max Gimblett gold and silver foil artwork.  ​It is special to me for 2 reasons:

The first, it is from my mentor and friend Max Gimblett and shows his handprint in gold leaf reaching out to the quatrefoil. it is significant because of the guidance and support he has offered me over the 12 years I have known him.

He has shown me unconditional love through tough times in my life and is always on hand to offer advice and support, both personally and professionally.

It was Max who encouraged me to go to India and has endorsed my decision to focus on Social Practice Arts which often is misunderstood as it sits on the periphery of community service, social work and arts practice.

The second reason, it is important to me is because it signifies my first Solo Art exhibition in 2010.

Union was an exhibition where people could exchange an object for one of my wax castings, Max gave me a card which said I could choose one of his prints from the Gow Langford Gallery in exchange for series of the Ganesha’s for his Ganesh collection in New York.

It took me months to choose the print and I finally settled on this one because it was the only one which had his hand in it.

Every time I look at this work I see Max offering me his love and support and feel encouraged to keep making art that is of service and that reiterates both Max and my Buddhist belief systems.


Tiffany Singh is an installation based social practice artist who examines the role of the sacred in contemporary society.  She’s been splitting her time between India and New Zealand since 2005 and continues to exhibit in both locations.  Tiffany has also traveled extensively throughout the East and Central and South America, studying cultural and mythological beliefs systems and patterns.  She uses arts as a tool for education, empowerment and communication – she uses art as a mean to generate and affect change.   

You can check out Tiffany Singh’s latest exhibition, The ART4FOOD Project at St Matthews in the City as part of Artweek Auckland 8 – 16 October.

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