David Ed Cooper, Louisa Beatty
25 Oct – 23 Nov
Technologies are bound to fail. Screens crack, cables get shredded, old models are quickly replaced by newer ones, or things just don’t work as they should. A broad set of discourses and industries so optimistic in the claims they make—to make life better, easier, more efficient—and so embedded within capitalist logics of growth, innovation and progress cannot help but embarrass themselves when things go awry. For Louisa Beatty and David Ed Cooper, there’s potential in failure. Deploying dry humour and improvisation, both artists alter, remake and reconfigure everyday technologies, playfully exposing the ideological mechanisms at play in the production of these objects, and motioning towards a radically altered relation to technology and the world.
Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa
Designers Speak (Up)
25 Oct – 23 Nov
This iteration of Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa at Enjoy is the last stop on a touring exhibition of posters by more than 100 women and non-binary designers, generated through an open call by Designers Speak (Up) earlier this year.
16 Oct – 19 Oct
Whakawhanaungatanga: meaning to establish relationships or to find connection with one another through experiences.
From 16-19 October, curator and artist Māia Abraham will undertake a residency at Enjoy that departs from a broad set of questions surrounding whakawhanaungatanga and creative practices, asking: How is whakawhanaungatanga important? What do these relational practices look like? How does whakawhanaungatanga relate to the development of creative practice?
Offspring of rain
Sorawit Songsataya with Antonia Barnett-McIntosh
13 Sep – 12 Oct
Offspring of rain is an installation by Sorawit Songsataya that experiments in redefining our immediate bond with the natural world. Elaborating on the highly dynamic attributes of water into liquid, crystal or vapour that shapes all meteorological forces, the exhibition reinterprets natural phenomena as an intimate experience.
Wai Ching Chan
10 Aug – 7 Sep
The Button knot: holding what was separated together
The ‘Caisson’ knot: establishing connection to the ‘world’ and us
The Endless knot: Typically seen as the ‘good luck knot’; ultimate, eternal blessings, friendship and connection
Ma'u Pe Kai
10 Aug – 7 Sep
Kaikohe is a small town located in Northland, a town that reflects the village culture my fāmili (family) were accustomed to back in Tonga. My ongo mātu'a (parents) made the decision to raise our fāmili in Kaikohe. They left their fonua in exchange for the whenua in Aotearoa. As my father had said, “To’uanga fiemalie pe, he teu ave koe ki Nusila mo fanau”, God had brought us here. My parents’ migration brought about a shift in perception, towards the idea that value was only obtained through Western knowledge.
Ordinary things will be signs for us
Kerry Ann Lee
30 Jun – 10 Aug
Ordinary things will be signs for us is a project by Pōneke-based artist and designer Kerry Ann Lee. Taking Enjoy’s 19-year archive of printed ephemera as a starting point, Lee has created a collage installation of graphic fragments that explores the social architecture of Enjoy’s history.
Until further notice
1 May – 30 Jun
A transitional programme
From the beginning of May, Enjoy will temporarily operate in a slightly different way. Our built-in office and storage at 1/147 Cuba Street will be dismantled and rearranged as we pause the exhibition programme to establish a flexible space for work, discussion and gathering.
24 Apr – 27 Apr
Films by Jonas Mekas, Chantal Akerman, Moyra Davey and Agnès Varda
Please join us for Home Movies, a series of screenings of films by Jonas Mekas, Chantal Akerman, Moyra Davey and Agnès Varda from Wednesday 24–Saturday 27 April.
Dreaming of Lulu
15 Mar – 20 Apr
Dreaming of Lulu is a solo exhibition by Pōneke-based artist Christopher Ulutupu. Reimagining music videos for 1970s Samoan love songs from groups such as Punialavaa, Penina Tiafau and Tiama’a, this is the first iteration of a new body of work by Ulutupu called 5 songs that explores music’s ability to travel across diasporic, cultural and intergenerational spaces.
8 Feb – 9 Mar
"Sometimes, when I drive down the street from my house, I see a woman walking backwards down the footpath. The street she walks on is long and straight, but at the end there is a corner and I wonder how smoothly she walks around this. I imagine she has done this many times and is now able to move backwards without looking behind her.
I wonder about what she is doing, this seems at first strange, but the more I’ve seen her the more neutral it becomes… mostly I try to see it for what it is… I don’t mean to be voyeuristic or overly-romanticised. But, I do wonder what it means to be walking backwards down the footpath in a world where people are always walking forwards."
Buy Enjoy 2018
14 Dec – 14 Dec 2018
Join us for our annual fundraiser
DOORS OPEN 6 P.M. FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER
ONE NIGHT ONLY
ALL ARTWORKS $160 CASH AND CARRY
RAFFLE TICKETS $5
Taipei Contemporary Art Center
8 Nov – 8 Dec 2018
art center in Taipei
Deborah Rundle, Layne Waerea
11 Oct – 3 Nov 2018
Hybrid Spring is an exhibition by Deborah Rundle and Layne Waerea that explores contemporary notions of social hope. Resisting the cultural imperatives of individual resilience, achievement and competition that have become deeply associated with optimism, both artists grapple with the complexities of hope, specifically in relation to collectivity.
A working week
AAAH 2018 Writers' Occupation, GLORIA, Johnson Witehira
10 Sep – 29 Sep 2018
Approaching the gallery as a space of development and conversation through three separate projects, A working week encompasses a series of consecutive one-week residencies and accompanying public programmes at Enjoy Public Art Gallery. Sharing a common interest in language, each project approaches the acts of writing, design and publishing from different viewpoints.
Frontyard, Hyperreadings, Louisa Afoa, Samiz Dat, Tim Larkin with Abe Hollingsworth
16 Aug – 8 Sep 2018
Drawing on public infrastructure and collections of personal knowledge, Purpose-built examines contemporary sites of sharing, accessing and archiving information—probing the relationship between memory and physical space. Bringing together artworks, furniture, reading lists and digital content, the resulting installation sits somewhere between a space of display and a reading room. Visitors are encouraged to make use of the furniture and resources during the exhibition.
Margins & Satellites
5 Jul – 4 Aug 2018
Margins & Satellites continues artist and designer Ella Sutherland’s ongoing enquiry into the relationship between printed matter, typography and social histories, focussing on what Sutherland describes as “a queering of mechanical reproduction.”
Looking in, breathing out
Hannah Valentine, Vivienne Worn
7 Jun – 30 Jun 2018
Bringing together the work of Hannah Valentine and Vivienne Worn, Looking in, breathing out focuses on the physical actions and gestures of the body. By looking closely at painterly gestures, Worn considers how to negotiate art histories. For Valentine, physical action is a way to explore the material conditions of contemporary life.
10 May – 2 Jun 2018
Typeface continues an ongoing project by Vaimaila Urale that explores the dynamics of communication and social exchange. Beginning in 2012 from a collaboration with media artist Johann Norte, this expansive body of work brings together two distinct knowledge systems: traditional Polynesian design and the standardised symbols found on computer keyboards.
and my heart is soft
Ange Perry, Bronte Perry
12 Apr – 6 May 2018
and my heart is soft is an installation of sculpture and weaving by Ange and Bronte Perry. As mother and child with Pākeha, Māori and Croatian heritage, their collaboration confronts the ideas of unknowing and re-learning, exploring gaps and incommensurabilities in cultural knowledge and whakapapa through an open-ended, materially-driven dialogue.