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Virginia Leonard (b.1965 Auckland, New Zealand) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design in 2001. Virginia’s focus is working with clay and her work is a response to the broken parts of her body. She writes: “I don’t call it a Spoiled Foot, even though it’s a good summary. I call it a rotten foot. Picked up and then discarded flying like Aphrodite and then bashed into the brick wall. I come limping home relishing in my attention. I am pain intolerant. But I am not her I am the blacksmith potter waging war in the backwaters. Trying my hand at this and that. Turning, turning, hiding my limp behind the iron and fire. I am only Vulcan, only Vulcan.” My works are self-portraits that address my bodily scarring and chronic pain. Chronic pain has no biological value, modern medicine cannot reliably treat chronic pain, it lacks both language and voice. The language of my clay making is my attempt to rid my body of trauma and reduce my level of chronic pain.” Winner of the Molly Morpeth Canady Art Award,Whakatane (2012) and winner of the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award,Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke (2011). Her recent exhibitions include ‘Tippy Toes’ Installation Contemporary curated by Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Rachel Kent and Assistant Curator Megan Robinson for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (2017); Solo installation at artgenève, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); Spring1883, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne AUS (2016); Christmas Time Nurses, PAULNACHE, Gisborne NZ (2017);The Effects of Crack, Objectspace, Auckland (2014) and EXODUS, The Vivian, Matakana (2018). Virginia won the Merit Award at the Portage Ceramic Awards, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2015); a consistent Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards and was a Finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum.Leonard was the recipient of the Ceramic residency at Guldagergaard, Denmark (July 2017); and was curated into a group exhibition at Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark (August 2016). She lives and works in Matakana, NZ and is represented by PAULNACHE Gallery, Gisborne, New Zealand.
3 Mar 2020
Rebecca’s painting practice is inspired by the texts of philosophers Julia Kristeva and Bracha Ettinger. She doesn’t merely interpret Kristeva’s ideas of abjection, or Ettinger’s notions of ‘Carriance’ of the other (which forms the title of this show). Instead, Rebecca uses these texts as an intellectual framework – a doorway in, if you like – for exploration.
1 Mar 2020
Cruz Jimenez has come a long way on the New Zealand art scene over the last twenty years. Born in California, Cruz’s first major solo show at The Vivian is a dark, mystical and intimate exploration of a deeply personal journey. Here, he talks about ‘Under the moon I planted’ which is showing at The Vivian until 22 March.
15 Jan 2020
In this Vivian Film - Peter talks about his practice and works currently on show in The Vivian Summer Show. Peter Panyockzki is an artist of international standing - and we’re allways delighted to get the opportunity to show his works at The Vivian.
9 Jan 2020
One of the most colourful characters on the New Zealand art scene – Barry Lett (1940-2017) was a strong supporter of The Vivian. This delightful small show is a treasure box of visual gems.
15 Dec 2019
In this Vivian Film, we talk with internationally renowned, Australian artist, Gregory Pryor on the opening evening of his show at The Vivian 'Dragging Tail'. Gregory is showing at The Vivian for the very first time. This show is a gorgeously textured, deeply mystical journey that explores the collision between the early colonial history of Australia and a landscape and culture that preceded it by tens of thousands of years. The timing for a show like this has never been better. Both deeply moving and magical, please come along to experience it for yourself.
1 Dec 2019
Fitting for someone about to embark on a McCahon residency, the title of this show directly references McCahon’s 1961 painting, ‘Here I give thanks to Mondrian’. In a world where it can sometimes feel everyone is only in it for themselves, Wayne thought it was refreshing to see such an open and honest homage.
19 Oct 2019
In this short film Scott introduces three new shows at The Vivian - Featuring Iain Cheesman, Wayne Youle and Rainer beneke
28 Aug 2019
In this short video, Scott Lawrie talks us through the latest shows at The Vivian. ‘Still No Answer’ in the North Gallery, ‘Higher Thinking’ in the South Gallery and ‘Declarations’ in the Studio Gallery.
19 Aug 2019
In this Vivian Film we talk with Scott Lawrie and Beverly Knight from Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne about the significant and eye-popping work by Sally Gabori which featured on The Vivian stand at this year's Auckland Art Fair.