Thursday, July 13, 2017


OCCULTURE: The Dark Arts
Wellington City Gallery
12 August - 19 November 2017
Curator: Aaron Lister

Link to gallery: citygallery.org.nz



Spells are cast, thresholds crossed and astrological charts consulted in Occulture: The Dark Arts, opening at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 12 August. Taking over the ground floor, the show highlights the age-old connection between art and the occult. It brings together 60 works by contemporary and historic artists, local and international, that explore occult powers, rituals and symbols.

Drawings on west wall by Lorene Taurerewa,


“History has been littered with attempts to shun or ban ‘hidden knowledge’, however, it never quite goes away. Certain periods have been open to these alternative possibilities, and we live in one such moment,” says Curator Aaron Lister, “This exhibition looks at contemporary art’s role in this resurgence of the occult.”

Lorene Taurerewa
The exhibition—which takes its name from the term ‘occulture’ coined by British academic Christopher Partridge to describe a normalising of the occult in contemporary life—features contemporary artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of occult traditions into new forms. Australian artist Mikala Dwyer casts a spell in the form of a wall painting. Dane Mitchell’s Ceramic Fields were made in collaboration with a Gwanju shaman through ritualistic encounters. The Liquidation Maps of Taiwanese artist Yin-Ju Chen explore possible links between atrocities in Asia and astrology. Fiona Pardington presents altars in photographic and sculptural form, and there is a perfume carrying the scent of the apocalypse by Thomson & Craighead (UK).

Featuring alongside these contemporary artists are key earlier artists and works, among them paintings by Aleister Crowley, the infamous English ceremonial magician; Rosaleen Norton, the Dunedin-born 'Witch of Kings Cross’; and Kenneth Anger’s film Lucifer Rising. This is the first time Crowley and Norton’s work have been shown in New Zealand.



Mikala Dwyer (back wall)

Artists: Kenneth Anger (US), Leo Bensemann (NZ), Yin-Ju Chen (TAIWAN), Eleanor Cooper (NZ), Aleister Crowley (UK), Simon Cuming (NZ), Mikala Dwyer (AUS), FULGUR (UK), Henry Fuseli (SUI), Jason Greig (NZ), Dane Mitchell (NZ), Rosaleen Norton (NZ/AUS), Tony Oursler (US), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Lorene Taurerewa (NZ), Thomson & Craighead (UK), Brendon Wilkinson (NZ).
Dane Mitchell installation










Tuesday, April 4, 2017

 DRAWINGS in upcoming show at Geoff Wilson gallery opening 27 September 2017






Sunday, February 19, 2017

ON PAPER Drawings from the James Wallace Collection

Lorene Taurerewa (R),  Peter Robinson (L) James Wallace Arts Trust.

Our first major exhibition of 2017 features works on paper from the Wallace Arts Trust collection, created with graphic and painted media. This selection aims to showcase the breadth of the Trust’s holdings by presenting nine decades of New Zealand art. Predominantly drawings or watercolours, these works are displayed throughout the first-floor galleries and lobby spaces in particular groupings: mid-20th Century, drawings by sculptors, and contemporary practice.
In the Boardroom and Little Gallery are works from the mid-20th Century. Observation of daily life is a consideration for these artists with subject matter being portraiture, life drawing, studies and localised industry. Rudolf Gopas’ watercolour Portrait of Barry Ferguson of 1958 is one of the several portraits taken from life, of people who sat for artists in the studio or in domestic settings.
These portraits convey the past - Barry Ferguson is very much a man of the 1950s with his hair slicked back and large collar. A similar sense of documenting ‘what was’ is recounted in drawings of people in factories or most notably WWII in Tail Gunner c.1940 by Christopher Perkins.
Drawings by sculptors have a particular characteristic that relates to their practice. There is a strong sense of the three-dimensional inscribed on a flat plane, paper. The forms in Marte Szirmay’s Untitled 1992 are rendered tonally, resulting in a solidity of mass. It appears as if one of her sculptures were present so the viewer can perceive an actual materiality. Sculptors often draw to present ideas for commissions that may later result as sculptures - one instance being Chris Booth’s Working Drawing 1986. The drawing by Booth is diagrammatic with text and details outlining technical information, whilst also being an actual rooftop setting showing the sea in the distance.
Drawing has an important place in contemporary practice with a particularity of its own. Notably, it is now an intrinsic part of an artist’s identity - who they are and do. Further, drawing is very much an end in itself as opposed to a process for producing something else. The use of motif is disparate, even a mark or brushstroke being what it is. For many of the selected artists, it can be said that drawing/painting on paper is a thread, continuity of their practice. Of particular mention in this regard are: Kathy Barry, Mark Braunias, Kushana Bush, Michael Harrison, Marita Hewitt, Georgie Hill and Sam Mitchell

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Out on the Lonely Prairie: paintings, drawings, and installation by Lorene Taurerewa 

ROOM Artspace NY: http://roomartspacenyc.com/


Out on the Lonely Prairie, Installation, L.Taurerewa 2017

Out on the Lonely Prairie, Installation, L.Taurerewa 2017

Out on the Lonely Prairie, Installation, L.Taurerewa 2017


Out on the Lonely Prairie, Installation, L.Taurerewa 2017

Out on the Lonely Prairie, Installation, L.Taurerewa 2017

All of the images are from Out on the Lonely Prairie by Lorene Taurerewa, 2017


 
 
 
   
 

  

ROOM Artspace NYC: 
                 http://roomartspacenyc.com/exhibitions                                   

Monday, January 2, 2017

 TURN OF THE WHEEL  
  an exhibition

Recent paintings and drawings by Lorene Taurerewa is featured in the exhibition "A Turn of the Wheel" at the Malcolm Smith Gallery from 23 January- 25 February, 2017

With the radical break of abstract art in the 20th Century, how do contemporary artists embrace the idea of storytelling? How do they employ narrative to explore history and identity, among other trenchant themes? For these artists, storytelling does not always require plots, characters or settings; rather, narrative potential lies in everyday objects and materials, and their embedded cultural associations. In projects created through extensive research, the artists in A Turn of the Wheel uncover layers of meaning, turning to individual experience as a means of sharing stories, both real and fictional.


Artists: Kushana Bush, Jon Carapiet, Quishile Charan, Lok Chitrakar, Tessa Laird, Lorene Taurerewa, Sam Thomas and Shurti Yatri

Website: http://www.uxbridge.co.nz/home/gallery/


Lorene Taurerewa                                                                                     Lok chitrakar,



Monday, October 24, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lorene Taurerewa NY NZ artist, WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS @ NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 2016


National Gallery Of Victoria

                               
Lorene Taurerewa is part of ART OF THE PACIFIC from the collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Art of the Pacific includes the work of a number of prominent contemporary Pacific Islander and New Zealand artists, notably Fiona Pardington, Reuben Patterson, Brett Graham, Peter Robinson, Greg Semu, Chris Charteris, Graham Fletcher, Daniel Boyd, Francis Upritchard, Yvonne Todd, Taloi Havini and Angela Tiatia whose work appears alongside that of artists working in Vanuatu, Oro Province, The Highlands, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga and the Torres Strait.
NGV International, Level 3
16 March - 14th August 2016
Free Entry
Open 10am - 5pm Daily
Read more about the exhibition on the NGV website here: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/ngv-collection-focus-art-of-the-pacific/