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Chris began weaving in 2012 after a career in the fashion industry and began teaching himself through gifted looms and materials eventually creating his own library of weaving apparatus, knowledge, style and technique. His practice moves between the making of textile for use in clothing and as object – challenging the idea of artisanal works as everyday useful objects. His woven work stems from traditional techniques but combines non-repetitive lines at vertical and horizontal intersections. Breaking up the rigid forms typical to the cross sectional nature of the loom are inlaid motifs that are iterated across the textile. In 2014 with partner Joseph Yen and as an extension of his practice, they opened TÜR at 486 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand. Their open studio operates as a making and exhibition space showcasing like-minded New Zealand and international practitioners and makers. Duncan's work is exhibited throughout New Zealand and Japan and is held in the collections of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. Duncan challenges and questions the current and problematic mode of mass production and consumerism via his weaving, Jane Groufsky writes: “Reaction against fast fashion has led him to follow a zero-waste design principle; making cloth that is not used in the final garment is also wasted labour. This has led to a loose, genderless, and largely achromatic style of clothing….”
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.
15 Aug 2019
It's almost a year since The Vivian hosted our very first performance event - Ivan Lupi – 'X'. The response was amazing and we asked Ivan if he would take part just one more time... and he said yes! Make sure you don't miss this - We promise you will never forget it. This is an R18 event – and the North Gallery will only be accessible to participants between 2 – 4pm. The rest of the gallery remains open as usual.
11 Aug 2019
In this Artist Talk and Q&A, Rupert Herring takes us on a journey through his practice – and works currently on show in 'The Avenue Where The Silhouettes Pass'. Rupert’s work is well-known and well-loved – And in this, his first solo show at The Vivian – you’ll see a marked progression in both style – and influence. Elements from Greek and Roman architectural forms contrast with personal explorations of New Zealand landscapes in a range of woods; all sustainable and mostly salvaged.
3 Aug 2019
In this short film, Scott Lawrie talks about Rupert Herring's first solo show at The Vivian - 'The Avenue Where The Silhouettes Pass'. Elements from Greek and Roman architectural forms contrast with personal explorations of New Zealand landscapes in a range of woods; all sustainable and mostly salvaged.
28 Jul 2019
It’s rare to uncover a new style of painting in New Zealand and Grace Wright delivers a whole show of it in ‘You and Your Resolve’ - which runs from 6 July to the 25 August. Sublime, elegant and powerful - Grace’s Paintings are as enigmatic as they are joyful. And In This Vivian Film - she joins us in The North Gallery for an Artist talk.
30 Jun 2019
Join us on Saturday 6 July for the opening of three new shows at The Vivian. In the North Gallery – Grace Wright with ‘You and Your Resolve’. In the South Gallery – Rupert Herring with ‘The Avenue where the Silhouettes Pass’ – and in the Studio Gallery – Liz Sharek with ‘Wild Things’
24 Jun 2019
In this Artist Q&A – filmed during Martin's V-Project at The VIvian – Martin talks about his practice, his show at The Vivian and how it all began.
14 Jun 2019
In this short film, Scott Lawrie talks about the latest V-Projects show at The Vivian, featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell
1 Jun 2019
A big, big thank you to everyone who came to the opening of our first V-Project last night – featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell. It was a blast! Thanks to all the team at The Vivian. The Sawmill Brewery - for their sponsorship, Raman Patel for the tunes, our lovely clients and guests for their continued support for all we do... and of course Martin and Megan for making it a night to remember!