Wairarapa News : January 18th 2012
9 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 ART & ENTERTAINMENT For a great choice of services, simply pick from our menu. The best retirement lifestyle is the one that meets all your own needs. Because everyone is different, we tailor our village services to meet your personal needs. For example take the meal options we offer. For starters we'll deliver anything you order off our fantastic menu straight to your living room table or if you'd prefer to eat with friends in the dining room you can do that too. If you have any special requirements we'll also make sure they're met, from buttering your toast to slicing the top off a hard boiled egg. Yes they're small things, but that's what great service is all about. www.metlifecare.co.nz REV5339 OPEN TO VIEW Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January, 10am to 4pm 140 Chapel Street, Masterton. For more information please call Janine Tearle on 06 378 2577. Exhibition has new take on cubism Rubik Cubism: Chris Miller's large perspex covered Nelson is difficult to photograph but packs a visual punch in real life. By ANNE TAYLOR Proof of the inexhaustibility of art materials available to those with the right inclination came when I visited the Salon de Refuse ´ exhi- bition at the new Carterton Events Centre. This show marked the first use of the centre s generous light-filled foyer, and one of the works that stood out for me was Chris Miller s Nelson,a portrait of Nelson Mandela com- posed entirely of Rubik s cubes. I will leave it to viewers to count the number of cubes used but suffice it to say that Chris main ingredients were a whole stack of Rubik s cubes and a talent for manipulating them into pre- cise sequences. As with many supposedly obscure interests, a quick trawl of the internet shows that this art form has its own thriving subculture and its own artworld label: (groan) RubikCubism. The genre was apparently pioneered by Fred Holly (a legally blind man in his sixties) in the 1980s, then went a bit quiet for a few decades but leading proponent Invader rocked people s worlds (at least those who attended LA s Sixspace) with his show Rubik Cubism in 2005. Some Cube artists make their artworks using just the solid colour faces of completed cubes but Chris, like Invader, takes the hard road by treating all nine coloured squares of the single cube face as pixels. Thanks for brightening my day, Chris. Maybe this will spark a Cube art subculture in Wairarapa? Other works I d like to mention were Francois Aries Untitled #138, one of a very few wholly abstract works to be found across the two exhibitions, Frank Dell s Building Site (at the Review) being another interesting example. The huge amount of detail in Russell McRae s land- scape Te Kau Kau 40 Knots did not simply clutter the surface but authentically conveyed the bracing, salty experience of the Wairarapa coast. The Aratoi Friends organised the Salon exhibition for the first time this year to enable artists whose work was not selected for the Wairarapa Review VII to exhibit. They were supported by Wai Art, the hardworking group of volunteers that has literally changed the face of Carterton over the past five years. Wai Art is now coordinating the new space in con- junction with the Centre manage- ment and will be staging solo exhibitions approximately monthly, starting with felt/ embroidery artist Linda O Don- nell on February 8. Around the same time, Wai Art Scape gets underway. Up to three Wai Art artists will display a sig- nature artwork at the Centre, with other work by them being displayed at businesses through- out the region. "It s a win win for everyone," says organiser Jane Giles. "It s all about getting visibility for the artists, and it will also benefit the community as a portion of the commission on sales will go to the businesses." For Wai Art Space enquiries, contact Jane Giles: jcgiles@sling- shot.co.nz, and to book a solo exhi- bition at the Events Centre: email@example.com. Salon de Refuse ´i so na t Carterton Events Centre until February 5. Sheepish kids at Aratoi If your child is stuck for some- thing to do next week, they could always paint a sheep at Aratoi! Children aged from seven to 12 have the chance to develop their own designs, (helped by popular tutor Tina-Rae Carter) and paint their ideas onto sheep-shaped boards to be displayed during Golden Shears World Champion- ship 2012 in March. Contact Aratoi to book a place T: 06 370 0001. Currently showing at Aratoi: Wairarapa Review VII, until 18 March; Okey Dokey - Taren Wood, until January 29; that was then. this is now - Harry Watson, until February 26; We are all transistors - Carla Cescon, Scott Donovan and Alex Gawronski from ICAN, Sydney, until February 19.
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