Tuesday, 2 September 2008

ARTSPACE exhibit work of Hood Kraus Nolan

Artspace is one of New Zealands leading independent art galleries with a 20 year history of bringing provocative and stimulating new art practice to Auckland, and New Zealand. 

Exhibition dates: 12 September  18 October 
Their upcoming exhibition features Robert Hood, Cyclical Adjustment Vacuum Idle Manifold Chris Kraus, Plastic Is Leather, Fuck You: Chris Kraus Films and Videos 1983- 1995 and Isabel Nolan, The Trance of Inaction. 

Opening reception: Thursday 11 September 6pm

Robert Hood 
Robert Hood is a Christchurch based artist. Hood's work evokes a post-apocalyptic tone embracing diverse influences from the paranormal to stock markets:  'Rob Hood deals in paranormal oddities; apocryphal worlds that incubate hope; utopias only a hair's breadth away from sliding into the mire and those seething bedrocks of capitalism, the financial markets' Says Robyn Pickens.

Hood utilises a range of media from photography and installation to video and found objects. He was the recipient of the Olivia Spencer-Bower residency in 2007. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and was part of Headway, the annual new artists show at Artspace in 2006.

 Selected solo exhibitions include projects at Jonathon Smart Gallery, The Blue Oyster Trust, The Physics Room and High Street Project. Robert Hood graduated with a B.F.A in 1998 from the University of Canterbury.

Chris Kraus
 Chris Kraus is a Wellington born, L.A. based filmmaker and author. Vast in scope and both visually and textually experimental her film and video works span from 1983-1995. This is the first time her film and video works can be viewed in their entirety in New Zealand. 

As an independent filmmaker working in New York in the early 1980s Kraus¹s interests range from; the myth of literary figures such as Antonin Artaud and Frank O'Hara to crime scene photography, sadomasochism and meditions upon memory, nostalgia and longing.

Kraus is also known as a writer. Index called her ³one of the most subversive voices of American fiction.  She is the author of novels I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor and Video Green and is a contributor on art and culture to many international publications including Index, Artext and Art and America. She was the founding editor of the Native Agents imprint, new fiction series for Semiotext(e).

 Isabel Nolan
Isabel Nolan is a Dublin based artist. Drawing is central to Nolan¹s art practice; she describes it as catching a thought, a way to begin: 

 'Drawing is a great way of describing anything - an object, an idea or a feeling. Aesthetically I like its variability, it can be hard, soft, cold, warm, really conceptual or very emotive, often it is, or at least it appears, very direct and personal ­ the human touch.'

During her stay in Auckland Nolan will be undertaking research at the Auckland  Museum. Nolan has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, including at the Project Arts Centre and the Goethe Institute, Dublin. 

She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2005 has participated in exhibitions at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

For more information please  media@artspace.org.nz
Web site www.artspace.org.nz

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