Island artscape

Bailey, a full-time artist whose Maori, Irish and Dutch heritage is central to his work is one of more than 1 who make Waiheke Island their home, many of whom open their studios to visitors, writes former inhabitant Susannah Walker for The Sydney Morning Herald. “Pre-eminent New Zealand sculptor Denis O’Connor moved to the island 4 years ago and gathered a group of artists around him; others followed, drawn by Waiheke’s beauty and easy pace. Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, a biennial outdoor exhibition on the island, held from January 28 to February 2 will feature 4 new large-scale works — including Fletcher Vaughan’s playing card structure ‘Collapse’ — selected from more than 16 submissions by local and international artists. Chosen for their appropriateness to the site and connection with the landscape by a panel of New Zealand selectors, there are interactive and kinetic works, soundscapes and installations. ‘We are getting cutting-edge, innovative new work,’ the event’s director, Juliet Monaghan says. ‘The site is a very significant part of the event and the work is often site-specific … some are even referencing a specific tree.’”


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Billy Apple an Artist Who Was His Own Life’s Work

Billy Apple an Artist Who Was His Own Life’s Work

“Over his long, provocative career, the artist Billy Apple changed his name, registered it as a trademark, branded products with it, had his genome sequenced and, finally, arranged to…