Elizabeth Newman, Johl Dwyer, John Nixon, Julia Morison, Mikala Dwyer
4 Nov – 13 Dec 2014
An Enjoy Trust project
Curated by members of the Enjoy Trust, Loaded explores the cultural weight of materiality by bringing together a group of antipodean artists that over the past two-decades have utilised various material surfaces to convey a(n often highly-charged political) message. Stripped of traditional iconography, these works—covered in excrement, gold, nail polish, plaster, oil, enamel and bark—offer rich and beautiful surfaces and textures, evoking a whole world of complex relationships beneath if one only cares to look.
Time to save a little more.
29 Oct – 15 Nov 2014
Some plans are carried out, others never happen, only ever existing as intentions, drawing, models and artist impressions. In July there was an occupation – a modest intervention. One car park co-opted in the car space below Enjoy. From the imagined to a reality – a version of anyway. It's gone now but don’t worry if you missed it, it will be back, brought into this space, re-presented for you.
Paula Schaafhausen, Suzanne Tamaki
1 Oct – 23 Oct 2014
Ebbing Tagaloa features a series of Tagaloa (Polynesian god of the ocean) figures that reference the nineteen beaches and bays of Wellington by Paula Schaafhausen.
Breckon, Shaun Waugh
3 Sep – 27 Sep 2014
Showcasing a range of techniques and processes used in contemporary photography, Two photographers presents a selection of photographs from Breckon’s Real State series alongside new works in the Covenant cut-outs series by Shaun Waugh. Both bodies of work explore ideas around place, shelter and protection, through physical or digital manipulation of the image.
Angela Tiatia, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh
6 Aug – 30 Aug 2014
News stories overwhelm other news stories, events oust each other from the headlines and ten second items are squeezed out of hourly news bulletins by other things happening in other places. As shrinking mobile devices and expanding networks continually reconfigure our relationships to these events, the role of “the citizen” as participant, reporter and observer takes on new meanings. The Screen features two video works that test the ability of news media to traverse the misalignments of a world somehow made both bigger and smaller by network technology.
11 Jul – 2 Aug 2014
Throughout its history abstract painting has been deployed in the service of diverse agendas across the political spectrum. More recent revelations of the CIA's covert promotion of Abstract Expressionism—in order to bolster the ideology of western capitalism during the Cold War—have prompted a further reframing of abstract painting, its language and potential meanings.
11 Jun – 5 Jul 2014
The design of chess pieces has evolved slowly over the centuries, and in the 20th century artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Yves Tanguy and Yayoi Kusama applied themselves to the problem of designing new chess forms. In Orthogonal/Diagonal LA based artist Nova Jiang uses regional variants of chess found in Asia and elsewhere as seeds for digitally generating 3D printed playable games.
Stuggorings and Fijetterings
14 May – 7 Jun 2014
In Pier Paulo Pasolini’s 1966 film The Hawks and the Sparrows, a father and son wander through the outskirts of Rome when they meet a talking Marxist crow. The crow not only instructs them on some of the tenets of Marxist ideology, but also tells them a fable about two Franciscan friars who are charged with the responsibility of devising a way of communicating with the hawks and the sparrows. While the friars succeed in preaching to each species separately, their attempt at bringing the birds together fails.
Lead us outside, lead us out Quietly
16 Apr – 10 May 2014
The often overlooked spaces of industrial areas and failed development sites are examined in Auckland artist Talia Smith’s first solo exhibition, Lead us outside, lead us out Quietly at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington. Through photography, video and a publication the exhibition examines what happens to such spaces when their intended function is abandoned.
19 Mar – 12 Apr 2014
Exploring the perceptual effect of colour, light and space, Open Facade occurs in the conceptually overlapping; inside and outside, space and form. The work mediates, rather than separates these notions, asking the viewer for holistic consideration.
19 Feb – 15 Mar 2014
Helen Calder is a New Zealand artist whose work explores colour, extending the idea of the monochrome and bringing it from a contemplative colour field into a physical engagement. Colour influences the way we interact with objects and spaces, and Calder’s recent work seeks to bring this phenomenon into a tangible, mindful experience. Her use of red in Qualia 760-620λ draws from research which shows that the colour can raise the pulse and give the impression that time is passing faster than it really is.
Kirsten Dryburgh, Xin Cheng
22 Jan – 15 Feb 2014
Since the end of December, Kirsten Dryburgh and Xin Cheng have been working through a self-directed art-making bootcamp at Enjoy.