Nau mai, haere mai! Please join artists Eve Armstrong, Josephine Cachemaille and Gabby O’Connor to open their exhibition Everybody SoundSystem with Housewarming – an all-day dance party in Enjoy Contemporary Art Space.
During the two weeks before their housewarming, the artists will be in residence at Enjoy, making new work together to fill the space with material textures, light and sound; transforming the gallery into a sensory environment for dancing and play. The housewarming party will be from 11 am to 6 pm, featuring some of the artists favourite DJs and friends playing the music they love to dance to.
Everybody SoundSystem revisits the hope and optimism catalysed by the underground dance party scene. Their project is about friendship and the transformative potential of creative collective endeavour. The artists approach the dance party as a locus for resistance and repair, as a mechanism for coping with the anxieties and uncertainties of the current climate, and as a generous and generative place to experience attachment and connections.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Eve Armstrong is an artist based in Pōneke who works across sculpture, installation, collage and participative art projects. Her practice examines the sculptural and creative potential of the everyday with a focus on the products and by-products of consumption, and the activities of trade and exchange. Eve’s approach is concerned with extending, adapting, assisting and facilitating exchanges of form and value.
From the mid-90s - early 2000s attending and creating indoor and outdoor dance parties with friends and collaborators across Aotearoa was a pivotal part of Armstrong’s life. The creative DIY approach and community building experience of making spaces for music, dance and connection has continued to inform her practice.
Eve Armstrong holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts (2003) and is an Arts Foundation of New Zealand laureate (2006). She has exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa including major solo exhibitions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2017), The Physics Room, Ōtautahi (2010), City Gallery Wellington (2007) and Artspace, Tāmaki Makaurau (2005 - 6). She has also exhibited internationally including solo projects in The woods that see and hear, Netherlands (2010) and Busan Biennale (2006). Eve’s ongoing project Trading Table (2003 -) has taken place in Sydney and numerous Aotearoa locations, most recently as part of three iterations in The Physics Room’s Unconditional series in Te Waipounamu (2018). Artist residencies include the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artist Programme (2016 - 17), Parehuia - McCahon House Artist Residency (2009) and the Asia New Zealand Foundation/AiR Association Limited Residency in Hong Kong (2008).
Josephine Cachemaille is an installation artist who makes paintings, objects and assemblages. She approaches art-making as a place to engage with non-human materials as lively “collaborators” who know things and have the capacity to act.
In the mid-1990s Josephine’s life revolved around the excitement and optimism of making and attending dance parties—she was the co-founder and Managing Director of seminal New Zealand dance music festival, the Gathering, from 1996 - 98. Josephine cites these creative collective endeavors as a precursor to her preoccupation with making friendly installations and assemblages concerned with multiple ways of knowing, sensing, feeling and interacting with the world. She traces a path from these events to her ongoing exploration of art-making as a form of “enchantment”, as an escape from the ordinary, and as a generous and generative place to experience attachment and connections.
Josephine Cachemaille has a post graduate diploma in Fine Art from Auckland University of Technology and a degree in Psychology from University of Otago. She has won multiple national art awards and has had solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including representing New Zealand at the Beijing Biennale 2019. Josephine is represented by Sanderson Contemporary in Tāmaki Makaurau, and lives in Whakatu Nelson with her husband, music journalist Grant Smithies.
Gabby O’Connor is an artist with an emphatically spatial and site-specific installation practice. She often works collaboratively with other artists, specialists and communities to engage the potential of materialities to explore her subject matter.
After completing art school in Melbourne, Gabby created sets, lighting and dressing for alternative dance theatre spaces and nightclubs. Strongly involved in the 90s - 2000s club scene, she is now a member of Poneke feminist DJ collective The She Jays whose credo is a shared love of music, dancing and generating opportunities to be together.
Gabby O’Connor is a current PhD candidate at the University of Auckland and has been collaborating with scientists and communities on The Unseen, a social art/social science project concerned with climate change involving 8000 participants across 6 sites in Aotearoa. She has a BFA in Fine Arts Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and an MA from College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Gabby’s artist residencies include Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne; Performance Space in Sydney, Hiroshima Art Project in Japan, K131 Research Team in Antarctica (2015 and 2016), and Marsden College, Te Whanganui a Tara. In 2017 she presented All the Colours, All the Light at the Sharjah Islamic Art Biennale and then at the Dowse Art Museum 2021-2022.
Like all of Enjoy’s programming, this event is free to attend.
Enjoy is committed to protecting the health and safety of all visitors, employees and wider whanau. Under Orange COVID-19 settings wearing a mask indoors is required, unless eating or drinking. Please be mindful of social distancing.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and we are a short walk from public parking and inner city busy routes. Our bathroom is gender neutral and wheelchair accessible.