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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

1DP | Day 80 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

From surrealism to pop-surrealism, classical to contemporary, cute critters to zombie vegetables – you’ll find plenty of fun and humour in the artwork of our latest individual.  Meet Michael Kennedy.  Artist, Designer, Pop-Surrealist and Painter of the infamous Zombie Turnips.  We talk to him on Day 80 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?

I have many, especially related to my ability to continue producing art. Though my biggest would have to be complacency.

And your purpose in life?

To make people smile, laugh, and cry. Ha!

Strive to become a better artist, day by day.

Hopefully inspire others through my art.

What are you passionate about?

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, seriously they are amazing!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The weird creatures in my head. If I don’t get them out into my sketchbook I think they could take over.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

I’m great at starting paintings, terrible at finishing them. I usually have to start 3 – 4 at the same time just to stay sane. I can’t concentrate on just one thing at a time!

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?

I would probably stuff my face full of donuts and cookies whilst trying to catch waves at my favourite beach (see next question)

What is your happy place?

Summer is my happy place, specifically being able to visit my favourite surf beach Tawharanui.

Also in my studio, painting at my easel, going into a “painting trance” is bliss.

My local artshop in Takapuna, I seriously spend hours in there!

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?

With 2 shows coming up in September and a solo show at Nook gallery in December I will definitely be quite busy, that’s for sure!

Collaborating as much as possible with other artists.

Spending as much time with my gorgeous girlfriend as I can, and hanging out with family & friends

seen | The Spark, the Fire, and the Dark

Faerie Tales Exhibition

Faerie Tales, part of the Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme is quite a different sort of exhibition in that it is as diverse in the mediums used as it is in the topics that it explores.

Joe Macdonald explains in his essay entitled The Spark, the Fire, and the Dark that “Faerie Tales, as an eclectic whole, shifts the focus from singular identities to relationships and connections between embodied beings.”  and further elaborates that “Faerie Tales refuses to cement meanings of bodies or identities, encourages interpretation by context, centres on the interactions between humans.”

The curator of this “provocative” exhibition Rebecca Swan features an interactive photographic installation exploring queer narratives. Rebecca sums up on her blog that “The viewer is privy to the making and un-making of moments, the spark, the fire, and the dark.”

Other artists include composer Charlotte Rose, photographers Katy Jo Carter and Melanie Church, comic artist Sam Orchard and painters Eli Orzessek and Kestin Stewart. With tantalising performances starting at 9pm on opening night.

Faerie Tales Exhibition: 5th- 18th June

Snake Pit Gallery 33 High Street, Auckland CBD

Opening night June 5th 6pm – 9.30pm with performances from 9pm- 9.30pm

Gallery hours Tuesday- Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday noon- 5pm

“Faeries Tales” is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme.