29 February 2008
I've been watching the domestic art magazine market shuffle awkwardly around the long-running institution that is Art New Zealand for years now (even daring to suggest a makeover/takeover at one stage).
I haven't looked at the circulation figures of the art magazine sector recently, but suspect that might tell some interesting stories - one of mass market expansion at entry level, one of shifting balances of advertising to editorial, and one of style over substance.
A story of beautifully designed, jargon free inside information, perhaps.
Art World: for sale now. Pictured: ad from P2 of the Dominion this morning (not mentioned in the Herald).
28 February 2008
27 February 2008
25 February 2008
Superfino Session 2
The ongoing debate and solution series continues this week, with a focus on artist run spaces. Sure, they're artists, but have you ever seen any of them actually run?
Sunday morning-ish, Superfino, World Trade Centre, Ghuznee St.
(Would have gone Floriditas, but they take bacon sandwiches off the menu on weekends).
12 February 2008
11 February 2008
08 February 2008
I'm starting to think about the next board (probably a custom 6'6" rounded square thruster) and thinking it might be a fun project to commission an artist to create a work on the board.
It would ideally require a painter, as the raw foam surface would be too soft for the application of many media, and I'm picking photography is out, though may have to discuss this with my shaper. While solar panels and video screens would be fun, I'm not sure my lack of surf fitness would overcome the weight penalty. And while there are some nice conceptual parallels to walking on water, function still reigns.
No doubt I'll post progress as it, well, progresses, but suggestions for artists warmly received.
Of course it would be a real shame to miss out on such gems as Foxton: the Fox Town and the obtuse yet possibly quite brilliant Dunedin: it's all right here, and who would have thought that Hamilton's slogan was City of the Future. Still.
Cue sordid mental picture of mayors and local marketing managers meeting up and calling each other by their brand positioning statements. Dances with Wolves. Evidently a lot more influential that we gave it credit for.
Pic: Unnatural looking Kiwi in Naturally wonderful Rotorua.