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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Neil Pardington

b. 1962, New Zealand

Neil Pardington is of Māori (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Waewae) and Pakeha ancestry. He is one of New Zealand’s most established and widely exhibited contemporary photographers. His recent series of works The Clinic and The Vault, photographed over a ten-year period, document the operating and storage areas within hospitals and museums. These critically acclaimed works take into account the history and practices of medicine and of collecting.

In 2011 he was commissioned by the Adam Gallery to make Behind Closed Doors, a series documenting the homes of Wellington art collectors.

Taking its name from the seminal book by Michel Foucault, his current project The Order of Things documents scientific collections in museums revealing the tensions between colonising scientific structures and the traditional Māori knowledge system, mātauranga Māori. Taxonomy – the science of naming, describing and classifying organisms – provides a formal structure to the series, with each genus presented as single major work hung en masse in a grid structure as a typology.

Neil is a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He is a founding trustee of the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Arts Trust. In 2011 he received New Zealand’s premier award for photography, the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award.

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Featured Artworks

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Abattoir #4 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAbattoir #4, 2010 pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
80 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Abattoir #2 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAbattoir #2, 2010 pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm,
100 x 80 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Arthropoda, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonArthropoda, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
260 x 540 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Asteroidea / Pātangaroa, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonAsteroidea / Pātangaroa, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1, 2014 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
186 x 86 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Reptilia / Ngārara, Tuatara, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonReptilia / Ngārara, Tuatara, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
192 x 178 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Reptilia / Ngārara, Mokomoko, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonReptilia / Ngārara, Mokomoko, Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
126 x 132 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Diadema sp., Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonDiadema sp., Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira #1, 2013 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
150 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Goniocidaris umbraculum / Kina taratara, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand  #1 by Neil Pardington contemporary artwork
Neil PardingtonGoniocidaris umbraculum / Kina taratara, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand #1, 2014 Pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
150 x 100 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Neil Pardington, The Order of Things at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5–27 June 2015 Neil Pardington The Order of Things Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show - in association with mr. mod, So Last Century at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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13 June–12 July 2014 Group Show - in association with mr. mod So Last Century Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Neil Pardington and Fiona Pardington, Blood and Roses at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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11 August–2 September 2011 Neil Pardington and Fiona Pardington Blood and Roses Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

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