Black Asterisk Gallery: ‘Flash Cars’ – Murray Cammick


Murray Cammick
Flash Cars

The Black Asterisk Gallery – 10 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland August 3 to 31 2016

After a 40-year absence, the classic Queen Street V8 images, shot in the late 1970s by photographer Murray Cammick are making a return to Auckland at Ponsonby’s The Black Asterisk Gallery from August 3 to August 31. The exhibition will include the classic documentary images that are known, plus photos that have never been seen before of the cars and the people that roamed Auckland’s main street, late at night.

In 1974, while still a student at Elam School of Fine Art, Cammick began photographing people and their V8 cars as they congregated late at night in Auckland’s Queen Street. When the theatre patrons went home, the city’s main street was their place to park-up or cruise.

Cammick spent many weekend nights from 1974 to 1981 photographing the scene. While he documented the V8s, his mode of transport was a diminutive Morris Minor that he hid in a side street. Cammick was a shy and naïve 20 year old when he started this series and revellers would see his SLR camera and hassle him to – “take our photo!” – unaware that they were giving the quiet photographer the opportunity (and images) he was looking for.

In 1977 Cammick and long-time friend Alastair Dougal established RipItUp music magazine. After he photographed concerts for RipItUp he headed for Queen Street – but as the eighties got underway – the Queen Street V8 scene faded. A later photo might be a single car moving through the bleak environment, looking for a scene that is no longer there. The dark, empty street has a character of its own and starts to takeover the images.

When he ended his involvement with RipItUp magazine in 1998, he set out to do a series of photographic exhibitions but was thwarted by the digital takeover of photography and the realisation that key images from his Flash Cars series were missing – last seen in the 1980s. In mid-2014, the missing negatives were found, allowing a comprehensive exhibition to be undertaken. Jenny Tomlin, a specialist in the field of silver gelatin printing has made the new prints for the show.

Cammick’s Queen Street photographs are represented in the Te Papa National Gallery & Museum, Wellington. His photographs have been published in Art at Te Papa (2009), NZ Photography Collected (2015, Te Papa Press), PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand (2014, Rim Books), Into The Light: A History of New Zealand Photography (2006, Craig Potton Press), and Photo-Forum issue 39 (1977, PhotoForum Inc.)

Flash Cars has been shown at Snaps Gallery, Auckland in 1976 and 1977 and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney in 2015. The photographer’s photos have also appeared in group exhibitions including The Active Eye (Manawatu Art Gallery 1975), Drive (Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth 2000) and History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum (2014).

The Black Asterisk Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.


‘Red Earth Reconnaissance’ – Emil McAvoy

Image: Emil McAvoy, Red Earth Reconnaissance, 2016

Red Earth ReconnaissanceEmil McAvoy
23 April – 4 June 2016
Saturday  23 April, 10:30am – 2pm: Opening and  combined Artist Talk – with Dawson Clutterbuck.

Papakura Art Gallery
10 Averill St, Papakura, Auckland
Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 2pm

‘Red Earth Reconnaissance’ is a botanical survey of the Papakura area beginning at the site of the Papakura Art Gallery and travelling outwards. ‘Red earth’ references the Maori name Papakura, and its soil rich in iron oxides. The botanical specimens come from and are connected to this fertile ground. The project aims to document and reframe fragments of the unique ecology of Papakura, toward a partial and poetic guide to this place and its peoples.

Related links:  – a recent photographic project by McAvoy, exploring an environment similarly unfamiliar to him.

Red Earth Reconnaissance  & Doing Flowers Facebook event

Gallery Public Programme:
Wed 11 May, 10.30 – 12pm.  Flowers for the Home Workshop
Dawson Clutterbuck and Emil McAvoy will lead a workshop introducing the mechanics of floral arrangements. This workshop will be hands on and interactive. Please bring some flowers, greenery or containers to contribute on the day. Limited spaces available. Please contact the gallery to register. email: or phone: (09) 297 7510

Light Gallery, CCP South Australia: Gary Sauer-Thompson


Australian Abstractions – Gary Sauer-Thompson
as part of the 2015 SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival

Exhibition runs 26 July to 28 Aug 2015.
Artist talk 2pm Saturday 1 August.

Light Gallery, Centre for Creative Photography
138 Richmond Road, Marleston, South Australia 5033
Hours: 9am–6pm Mon to Thurs, 9am–5pm Fri and 10am–2pm Sat

Gary’s black and white abstractions are a stand-in for what we appear to have lost from the archives — the photographic modernist abstractions that were made in Adelaide during the 1950s and 1960s by the visual avant grade. His pictures are what he has imagined such a photography could have been like. This exhibition is an attempt to reconnect with and build upon the minor tradition of photographic abstraction in Australia. The pictures are large and medium format abstractions seen in natural and human landscapes.

Gary Sauer-Thompson is an Adelaide-based photographer and blogger. He has exhibited in several group exhibtion in Melbourne, Adelaide and Ballarat at the Ballarat International Photo Biennale. He has had solo exhibition in Canberra and Adelaide. He is currently working on two books on Edgelands to be published by Magnet in Melbourne and Australian Abstractions to be published by Moon Arrow Press in Adelaide.


Gary Sauer-Thompson_Victor Harbour Rock Abstraction
Gary Sauer-Thompson, ‘Victor Harbor Rock Abstraction’


Photospace Gallery: ‘What We Saw’ – photographs by Sally Griffin



The exhibition What We Saw at Photospace Gallery is Sally Griffin’s first photography show. The images are from the artist’s personal collection of black and white photos. It features well-known, and not so well-known, artists and political figures such as Phil Clairmont, Tony Fomison, Merata Mita, Tim Shadbolt and many more.

Sally will give a a floor talk of stories about the photos on Saturday 16 May at 2pm. Admission is free.

Exhibition/artist info:

Photospace Gallery
James Gilberd
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
T: 04 382 9502 M: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: from 10am Mon-Fri, 11am Saturday

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum: Hong Kong Song – Madeleine Slavick

Image: Madeleine Slavick, Woman at Yuen Chau Kok Housing Estate, Hong Kong, 1993.

Hong Kong Song – Madeleine Slavick

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
13 February 2015 – 10 May 2015

Opening reception: Feb 13, Friday, 5.30pm
with a bilingual English-Chinese performance
Artist Talk: March 21, Saturday, 11.00am – Main Gallery

In this exhibition, Madeleine Slavick presents the poetry, poverty and generosity of Hong Kong. The photographic images trace nearly 25 years of living in Hong Kong, and an accompanying book contains fifty stories and fifty images.

The body of work draws attention to Slavick’s multi-faceted practice as writer and photographer, artist and activist. It draws attention to the many natures of Hong Kong – the natural beauty and the pollution, the rural and the urban; a society with one of the largest income gaps in the ‘developed’ world where one out of seven people lives in poverty; a climate with great heat, rain, wind, flora, humidity, and decay; with mountainscape, skyscraperscape, seascape, and (re)claimed landscape; with everyday scenery such as bagged up carts and street signs, clusters of chairs left on the pavement for all to rest on, and high-rise bamboo scaffolding made by ‘si fu’ – which translates as ‘masters’.

Madeleine Slavick has published several books, including Fifty Stories Fifty Images (2012), Something Beautiful Might Happen (2010), China Voices (2010), My Favourite Thing (2005),delicate access (2004), and Round – Poems and Photographs of Asia (1997). Her photography has been exhibited in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Madeleine has lived in North America for 25 years, in Hong Kong for another 25, and now lives in the Wairarapa.

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Cnr Bruce and Dixon St
New Zealand

Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.30pm.
Closed 25 December 2014 – 2 January 2015, Good Friday, Anzac Day 25 April (until 1:00pm).
Admission to the gallery by gold coin donation

– Review by David Famularo (Wairarapa re-Views)

Invitation to meet inaugural artist-in-resident Christian Thompson

Christian_Thompson_gallery invite

You are warmly invited to meet our inaugural artist-in-resident, internationally-renowned Christian Thompson at the brand new Te Whare Hēra gallery space; a stunning gallery suite at the prow-end of the Clyde Quay Wharf Development, in Wellington harbour.

Free and open to the public, tea and biscuits will be provided.

The first artist-in-residence, Christian Thompson, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores issues of identity, cultural hybridity and history. He is an Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and one of the first Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history, where he is currently reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) at Trinity College. His multidisciplinary practice engages media such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.

Thompson came to prominence in Australia in the late nineties and his work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of identity. In his performances and photographic works he inhabits a range a personas achieved through hand-crafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.

Thompson’s artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of a wide range of cultures in his youth. Interweaving traditional or vintage props with elements of pop culture and garish touches from the 1980s, he is known for his subtle references to land and culture of the Bidjara people. His work provocatively explores a myriad of themes from the sensorial replication of childhood memories of the Australian desert hinterland, the critical parody and deconstruction of the identity of the artist, and the mythology of landscape.

Thompson has been included in such exhibitions as unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;Collection, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain; Hijacked III, QUOD Gallery, Derby, UK; Shadow life Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; The Beauty of Distance / Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney; Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring). Thompson’s work is held in major public and private collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Don’t forget you are also warmly invited to join us for Christian Thompson’s artist lecture tomorrow evening (16 Oct) at 6pm at the Te Ara Hihiko Creative Arts Building, Massey University Wellington.

The Te Whare Hēra gallery space sits at the prow end of the new Clyde Quay Wharf Development (formerly known as the Overseas Passenger Terminal) — an inspirational setting overlooking Wellington’s beautiful harbour.



For more information on the residency programme see

For more information on Christian Thompson see

Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna: ‘Through Dragons’ Eyes’

Through Dragons' Eyes - Chinese Photographers Assoc of NZ.


Through Dragons’ Eyes – Chinese Photographers Association of NZ

5 – 29 June 2014
Opening 4 June, 5 – 7pm

ARTISTS TALK: Sunday 15 June 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
Speakers include: The artists – Honglin Xu, Xuewei He, Leo Guan, Shunmei Deng, Joey Pan, Michael Gu and Heidi Xu and a guest speaker Phoebe Li.

A selection of photographic works from NZ Chinese photographers embracing the cultural experiences and aesthetics of living in a new land. The aim of this exhibition is to capture the personal, emotional perspectives of Chinese immigrants in NZ. Through Dragons Eyes documents and explores a variety of cultural and aesthetic developments as New Zealand becomes a more diverse society. It aims to present a method of visual communication and provoke discussion between all of our ethnic groups.

Lake House Arts Centre – Becroft Gallery
37 Fred Thomas Drive
Barry’s Point Reserve
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm

nkb Gallery, Mt Eden: Becky Nunes



Becky Nunes: Co-Orbital
03 – 24 June 2014
Preview: Tues 03 June, 6pm  (Part of Auckland Festival of Photography’s ‘Festival Tuesday’)
Artist Talk: Sat 7 June 3pm

The concept of tapu is one that can easily be relegated to historical or religious spheres of interest, as if a sacred state cannot co-exist with our modern daily life.

States of tapu and noa (the sacred and the earthly) are not side-notes to our lives however. Knowingly or unknowingly we can breach the fragile covenants that exist in human relations and between humans and the natural and spiritual world. These breaches might occur at a personal level, or on a more global and ecological one. Read more HERE

nkb Gallery
455 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Gallery hours: Mon 10am – 4pm, Tues to Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm