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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Kate Newby

b. 1979, New Zealand

A standard list of materials for a Kate Newby work might include anything from lip balm, coffee stains and wooden decking to mulberries, hand-written notes and stoneware. Deeply concerned with the intricate textures of the everyday, Newby is an artist who works across a wide range of media including textiles, ceramics, casting and glass. Whatever the medium, there is always an emphasis on the handmade as a way of communicating lived experience through objects furnished with the evidence of their making. That her work tends to be site-specific—made in response to a given location and to the people and events witnessed there—similarly demonstrates Newby's desire to privilege direct experience above mediation within her work. As such, certain idiosyncrasies of each site—the light, the atmosphere, a suntrap window, a line of nails embedded in a floor—will often become integral to the work, causing an installation to be necessarily altered if and when it is re-installed in a new context.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1979, Newby studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2015. Three years prior to completing her doctorate, she had already won the most prestigious art award in Aotearoa—the Walters Prize, judged that year by Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. The work that won her the prize, Crawl out your window (2010), is Newby at her casual, poetic best: a blue-washed concrete ramp crawls out into the gallery, encrusted with silver pull-tabs, gum and stones; a soiled curtain divides the space, filtering the sunlight. Kataoka described the work as 'the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art', and it is this careful combination of transcendence and banality that has come to characterise her practice.

Since winning the prize in 2012, Newby has had a busy international exhibition slate, including solo exhibitions such as Maybe I won't go to sleep at all. in 2013 at La Loge, Brussels; Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda at Laurel Doody, Los Angeles in 2015; and Let me be the wind that pulls your hair at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, in 2017. She has also undertaken numerous residencies, including the highly sought-after Fogo Island Arts residency (2013), Newfoundland, and the Chinati Foundation residency in Marfa (2017).

Lucinda Bennett | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

I'm actually weirdly exciting by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyI'm actually weirdly exciting, 2018 Bronze, white brass, brass, silver, wire, PVC coated wire, dimensions variable
Michael Lett
New Guy, Shadow, Carrots One and Carrots Two by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyNew Guy, Shadow, Carrots One and Carrots Two, 2018 Soft ground etching,
66.5 x 54 cm
Michael Lett
Between Flavin and the Horn by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyBetween Flavin and the Horn, 2018 Soft ground etching,
66.5 x 54 cm
Michael Lett
I’m glad we’ve done it just to see by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyI’m glad we’ve done it just to see, 2018 Soft ground etching,
66.5 x 54 cm
Michael Lett
All parts, all the time by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyAll parts, all the time, 2008-2010 Hand painted and glazed ceramics, dimensions vary
Hopkinson Mossman
Don't act all scared like before (Garth) by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyDon't act all scared like before (Garth), 2009 Colour photograph
32 x 42 cm
Hopkinson Mossman
Crawl out your window by Kate Newby contemporary artwork Kate NewbyCrawl out your window, 2010 Installation
Hopkinson Mossman

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kate Newby, Swift little verbs pushing the big nouns around at Michael Lett, Auckland
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7 February–10 March 2018 Kate Newby Swift little verbs pushing the big nouns around Michael Lett, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Kate Newby, Big Tree. Bird’s Eye. at Michael Lett, Auckland
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13 November–10 December 2016 Kate Newby Big Tree. Bird’s Eye. Michael Lett, Auckland

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The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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