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  • New canvas for Ponsonby's Artstation

    2014-06-30 11:34:37 // // The Idealog Blog
    Ponsonby’s iconic Artstation turns a new leaf this week after launching its company make-over that includes a rebrand, building refurbishment and new opportunities in the community.
  • Win! A copy of Lazy Days

    2014-03-07 14:47:49 // // The Idealog Blog | 12 comments
    In Lazy Days, Graham Young portrays elements of the Kiwi lifestyle against a backdrop of familiar landscape – the corner dairy, old baches on the coast, boatsheds, villas and country barns. His paintings positively drop with nostalgic evocation - Graham is clearly fascinated by our cultural and architectural heritage heritage.
  • Contact Energy lights up Wellington’s cable car tunnel for Power Plant

    2014-02-26 10:49:08 // // The Idealog Blog
    To get Kiwis excited about the New Zealand Festival season of Power Plant, an artistic extravaganza at the Wellington botanic gardens, sponsor Contact Energy has added thousands of lights to the Wellington cable car tunnel.
  • Moodbank installation out to map Wellingtonians' happiness

    2014-02-25 18:12:31 // // The Idealog Blog
    According to the Happy Planet Index, New Zealand clocks in at 28th when it comes to living a long, happy and sustainable life. And next month the Moodbank popup art project will be recording the emotions of Wellingtonians and creating a unique visualisation of how the city feels overall.
  • Tim Wigmore shows off Precious Cargo

    2014-01-31 12:14:06 // // The Idealog Blog
    Here at Idealog we're no strangers to local furniture designer Tim Wigmore (we've featured his Giddyup rocking chair in the mag and interviewed him about his work). So we'd highly encourage you to get along to Precious Cargo, the first exhibition for 2014 at Objectspace.
  • Street Loves Nana: because everyone loves their gran

    2014-01-13 15:25:25 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    How's this for a crazy idea: A bunch of people getting together to embroider a fence – of street art – over a cup of tea?
  • Christmas with class: exquisite paper art is just the thing for Partridge bling

    2013-12-12 12:28:35 // The Idealog Blog
    Here at Idealog we aren't exactly strangers to cardboard engineering (witness the work of art that was the cover of our 48th issue). We quite appreciate all that goes into this esoteric and tactile craft, so this festive window display at Partridge Jewellers (on Queen St and in Newmarket) caught our eye.
  • Get a piece of Greg Straight at his summer showcase

    2013-11-18 09:46:46 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Odds are at some point you've laid eyes on a piece of Greg Straight work in the past few years, on the back of a bus, on magazine shelves, in a bank, or even on a billboard.
  • Auckland council to revamp Artstation, wants creative pitches

    2013-10-03 12:52:52 // // The Idealog Blog
    Creative types keen to work alongside others in a vibrant new creative precinct should submit pitches now for studio hire, exhibitions and tuition at Artstation, the Auckland council has announced.
  • Getting Aucklanders to go out and play

    2013-09-16 12:58:54 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    The Auckland CBD is under-used and a group of professionals have a plan to do something about it. Guerrilla Playspaces, a team of seven people, wants to invade the city's CBD and leave it a more exciting place than they found it.
  • Girl Comics opens Spring season at Saatchi & Saatchi gallery

    2013-08-29 12:04:25 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    The Spring season at the Saatchi & Saatchi gallery in Parnell beings today with the opening of “Girl Comics”, an exhibit of Ralphi’s work.
  • All There is Left: Art after disaster

    2013-07-17 12:38:54 // // The Idealog Blog
    A conversation about the impact of natural disasters is at the heart of upcoming exhibition All There is Left, which will be showing at Adam Art Gallery.
  • Colourful artworks lift the spirit of Cathedral Square

    2013-07-16 12:41:02 // // The Idealog Blog
    The works of Kiwi artists Chris Heaphy and Sara Hughes will soon be at home in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square as part of Christchurch City Council’s Transitional Cathedral Square project.
  • Time-lapse exhibition Dark Cloud: White Light reveals remote New Zealand

    2013-05-14 10:33:21 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    More than 300,000 individual photographs have been looped together to create time-lapse portraits of remote New Zealand landscapes.
  • Chromacon artists talk about their illustrated lives

    2013-05-13 10:23:24 // The Idealog Blog
    This Sunday saw the inaugural Chromacon illustration and animation convention hit Auckland City, bringing with it a host of talented illustrators, designers and world creators. As someone whose illustration prowess goes only as far as drawing shaky stick figures, I was awed by all the artwork crammed into Aotea Square. Not so awed that I couldn’t ask a few of the illustrators who caught my eye a question or two.
  • Art of architecture

    2013-05-09 12:52:19 // // The Idealog Blog
    Corporate art gets a bit of a bad rap. Yet this is changing. A significant refurbishment and addition to the ANZ foyer in central Auckland designed by Warren and Mahoney has positioned art within the architecture in a way that will change perceptions of what corporate art and architecture can be.
  • New technique jazzes up ancient art of glassblowing

    2013-05-09 11:40:39 // // The Idealog Blog
    Designer Philipp Weber has taken inspiration from the music world and broken more than 2,000 years' of tradition in glassblowing.
  • Your street art is my street art

    2013-05-03 11:51:38 // // The Idealog Blog
    Street (graffiti) art is often embraced by communities as a way of brightening the urban landscape or providing social commentary.
  • New Askew-flavoured skin for Shed 10

    2013-04-17 15:55:34 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    Shed 10 on Auckland's Queens Wharf may be a good century old, but it's well and truly being modernised, first with a giant solar roof panel and now with a mural courtesy of street artist Askew.
  • More street art floated to honour our cultural heroes

    2013-03-18 13:55:45 // // The Idealog Blog
    Didja catch Askew's visual tribute to the late Ralph Hotere in Kingsland this month? If not, you should definitely make an effort to get over there, and if you liked it, then get behind this PledgeMe project to get the ball rolling on two more similar artworks.
  • Artwork pays tribute to Christchurch's resilience

    2013-02-20 15:15:56 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    Christchurch's iconic red and black BANDS 4 HOPE wristbands make up the bulk of a new installation gifted to the city today.
  • A whale of a print by Dick Frizzell

    2013-01-14 12:00:26 // // The Idealog Blog
    Top New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell and legendary poet Sam Hunt have teamed up to create the first in a series of prints to raise funds for a proposed National Whale Centre in Marlborough.
  • PBS short shows the art of creative coding

    2013-01-14 11:34:51 // // The Idealog Blog
    Non-profit American TV station PBS has released its latest video in a series of digital shorts highlighting the web, programming, and careers in technology.
  • Air NZ's new sleep-inducing video art

    2012-12-11 10:29:51 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Long-haul Air New Zealand passengers will be soothed to sleep by new Kiwi artwork on the airline’s inflight entertainment programme from mid-January thanks to an AUT initiative.
  • 30 seconds with ... Dick Frizzell

    2012-12-07 16:23:15 // Idealog #41: interact
    The artist has an updated version of his book Dick Frizzell: The Painter.
  • Auckland Advent calendar to unveil Billy Apple artwork

    2012-12-06 14:47:49 // // The Idealog Blog
    Auckland's giant Advent Calendar went up in Wynyard Quarter this week and come Sunday, an image by artist Billy Apple will be revealed.
  • Endemic World pops up in Ponsonby

    2012-11-05 12:02:00 // // The Idealog Blog
    We know and love Endemic World for its online store chocka with ace prints and graphics, and now you can get a taste of it in person with the opening of a pop up store in Auckland.
  • From pop art to test pot art: Auckland gets Warhol replica

    2012-10-30 15:01:02 // // The Idealog Blog | 3 comments
    Andy Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn Monroe – one of the most influential pieces of modern art ever – can now be seen at Queen Elizabeth II Square in downtown Auckland.
  • Public art project 'Before I Die' comes to Auckland

    2012-10-11 09:21:00 // // The Idealog Blog | 3 comments
    From Saturday October 13, Aucklanders can share their big dreams on a giant chalkboard wall outside Hum Cafe at 123 Grafton Bridge Road.
  • Serious Kiwi talent to shine at Times Square

    2012-10-01 09:15:57 // // The Idealog Blog
    A trio of "seriously talented" Kiwi students will do New Zealand proud in the Big Apple this month, with their winning works set to be the centrepiece of a digital exhibition on one of the biggest and most recognisable digital stages – Times Square New York.
  • K Rd collaboration soon to celebrate three years of uncovering fresh creative talent

    2012-09-26 15:32:12 //
    Karangahape Road’s image as an edgy centre for Auckland’s creative types has only strengthened since the creation of First Thursdays.
  • Waste not, want not for inorganic art competition

    2012-09-26 12:11:10 // | 1 comment
    A neighbourhood scrapheap turned into a neighbourhood sculpture-fest in a matter of hours last weekend in South Auckland.
  • Book review: Art Now Volume 3

    2012-09-20 08:16:00 // // Idealog #41: workshop
    If you're quite secure in the fact that you're never going to be a celebrated artist, then you will probably enjoy investigating the biographies, exhibition histories and works of artists from a diverse range of disciplines.
  • Ray Haydon's C6 features carbon fibre sculptures

    2012-09-18 12:37:13 //
    Carbon fibre is handy for violent sports, but art? Ray Haydon has made it work
  • When bus shelters become contemporary art

    2012-08-20 11:51:47 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    A bus shelter referencing the "brutal" aesthetic of 50s and 60s buildings in Hamilton was voted the best in contemporary art last week.
  • Selling the dream: Marketing early New Zealand tourism

    2012-08-08 17:15:53 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    The early 20th century was a pivotal period in the history of New Zealand publicity – before TV and colour photography changed the landscape forever.
  • Light entertainment: Highlights from Matariki waterfront installation

    2012-08-01 17:22:26 // // The Idealog Blog
    Did you miss the Matariki art installations along Auckland's waterfront last week? See some highlights from Reflect: Move Towards the Light below.
  • Endemic World dials up mint prints

    2012-07-31 17:30:22 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Online design store Endemic World hit the market back in 2007, quickly cementing its place as the home of cool, clever and creative New Zealand design. And last month it relaunched with a refined strategy, unveiling a new and specific focus on art and design prints and the tagline “saving blank walls, one print at a time”.
  • No.8 wire tiki takes out Fieldays No.8 award

    2012-06-15 09:09:16 // // The Idealog Blog
    A Whanganui design student's recycled No.8 wire sculpture has won the big prize in the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award.
  • Christchurch artist cooks up deep-fried iPads

    2012-06-08 12:53:27 // // The Idealog Blog
    Henry Hargreaves originally hails from Christchurch, but today he works from a Brooklyn studio in New York City and is making headlines by deep-frying iPads, iPods and laptops in the name of art.
  • Wordplay on show at Saatchi & Saatchi gallery

    2012-05-25 09:45:02 // // The Idealog Blog
    You've probably seen Mary-Louise Browne's award-winning series of nine stone seats, entitled Byword, running the length of Auckland’s Lorne Street and her Body to Soul staircase in Wellington’s Botanical Garden.
  • Steel proves a medium with potential for Kaikoura painter

    2012-05-23 15:13:52 // // The Idealog Blog
    A burnt painting may not sound like your average person’s cup of tea, but a Kaikoura artist believes hers are a New Zealand first.
  • Kiwi mag White Fungus on an international roll

    2012-05-23 14:40:58 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    Just weeks after its showing at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, art magazine White Fungus is all set for inclusion in another exhibition in New York.
  • Chew and spit: sticky sculpture marks art school merger

    2012-05-14 17:20:14 // // The Idealog Blog
    One for the too-wacky-to-be-true-but-is files: a giant chewing gum sculpture that incorporates the DNA of more than 3,000 students who each stuck a piece of chewed gum on the work.
  • Semi-Permanent to feature world’s first Twitter robot art

    2012-05-10 14:49:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    Thought Semi-Permanent was just about soaking up inspiration from top designers, illustrators, artists, and other creative minds? Well, yes, it's all that, but it's also going to be home to what’s believed to be the world’s first art painted by Twitter-controlled bots.
  • Reminisce over these nostalgic Kiwiana prints

    2012-04-23 14:28:41 // // The Idealog Blog
    Kiwi artist Marika Jones is releasing a new series of works to coincide with Anzac Day, celebrating icons from New Zealand's past.
  • The final frontier of art

    2012-04-18 11:54:10 // // Idealog #38: workshop
    Big art is a metaphor for Big Brother in both the Orwellian and primetime sense.
  • Igniting Christchurch's creative future

    2012-04-09 16:21:57 // // The Idealog Blog
    Care about the creative future of Christchurch? Then you might be interested in a free public upcoming event, The River of Arts: creating new ways for the arts to work in Christchurch’s public spaces.
  • A quick word with ... Ron English

    2012-04-03 13:53:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    For years, artist Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. And he'll be gracing Semi-Permanent with his presence, at Auckland's Aotea Centre from 18-19 May.
  • The Kiwi business pioneering digital 3D galleries

    2012-04-02 14:38:50 // // The Idealog Blog
    Struggling art students, century-old galleries and New York pop-culture historians are all benefiting from Kiwi business 3d Ltd.
  • When art and pop culture collide

    2012-03-12 16:33:50 // // The Idealog Blog
    Russian artist Rinat Shingareev inhabits a curious world, if his work is anything to go by – one saturated with rich, vibrant colour and plugged into the biggest celebs and memes pop culture today has to offer.
  • Britomart walls take flight with help from Flox

    2012-03-05 13:59:45 // // The Idealog Blog
    The Britomart car park marks Flox's biggest solo undertaking to date.
  • Kiwi talent flourishing one year on

    2012-02-21 14:11:46 // // The Idealog Blog
    Objectspace's latest exhibit is a nod to the five young creatives lucky enough to showcase their work at Talente 2011, Germany’s prestigious craft, design and tech fest for emerging talent from around the globe.
  • ASCII art with a Polynesian flavour

    2012-02-17 12:17:29 // // The Idealog Blog
    The Samoan art forms of Tatau (tattoo) and Tapa (bark cloth) have gone all 2.0 in the hands of Vaimaila Urale, who has created a unique set of digital patterns using basic keyboard characters, motifs and symbols.
  • Japanese maze artist creates magical, miniature treehouses

    2012-02-15 13:51:35 // // The Idealog Blog
    You might have fond memories of a childhood treehouse, but we're betting they had nothing on this.
  • A creative mashup in the name of beer

    2012-02-13 16:02:57 // // The Idealog Blog
    When art and music (and Beck's beer) meet.
  • Soho Square on track for a Frizzell-flavoured spruce-up

    2012-02-13 15:07:27 // | 1 comment
    Ponsonby's hole in the ground, aka Soho Square, will be beautified over the next few weeks thanks to some local artists
  • A quick word with Niels Shoe Meulman

    2012-02-08 12:34:38 // // The Idealog Blog
    Niels Shoe Meulman talks art, design and integrity.
  • Cracking the Calligraffiti code

    2012-01-25 16:20:09 // // The Idealog Blog
    The first Designers Speak event of the year is fast coming up and the guest of honour at Calligraffiti will be Amsterdam's Niels Shoe Meulman.
  • Reward offered after brazen marble sculpture theft

    2012-01-13 12:56:42 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    The new year is off to a bad start for Auckland-based artist Martin Selman, whose Carrara marble sculpture was stolen on Wednesday from Sanderson Contemporary Art in Parnell.
  • A Christmas show that's just a tad creepy

    2011-12-16 15:36:12 // // The Idealog Blog
    Just in time for Christmas, Toys – an exhibition of weird, sinister and some-times creepy childhood relics – is swooping into Auckland.
  • Art that asks the right-royal questions

    2011-08-26 11:14:03 // // Idealog #34: workshop
    The backdrop to this presentation is yet another round of power struggles between left and right to control the margins and, under MMP, potentially the centre of the New Zealand political scene and ultimately the purse strings of New Zealand Inc.
  • How corporatism killed the art fair

    2011-08-09 09:28:12 // // Idealog #34: workshop | 1 comment
    Even the press have moved on from the once-edgy atmosphere at Milan's Zona Tortona.
  • Innovation of the day: Noise Ink

    2011-08-02 09:07:27 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Combining dancing with strangers and painting, Noise Ink was an interactive installation commissioned for the Auckland Arts Festival.
  • We Can Create profile: Sara Blake

    2011-07-20 14:16:17 // // Idealog #34: now | 1 comment
    We talk to New York-based illustrator, designer and art director Sara Blake about her imminent visit to our shores.
  • Street artist swaps pop for cop

    2011-07-15 14:27:31 //
    Police quake heroes have been honoured with street art in Christchurch, in a bold move that aims to promote work in the police force to the younger crowd.
  • Emirates kicks off world search for budding artists

    2011-07-05 12:00:00 // // The Idealog Blog
    Wanted: high-flying emerging designers to feature on Emirates' marketing material.
  • John Gow: The salvation of Rotoroa Island [The salvation of Rotoroa Island]

    2011-02-23 13:35:24 // // Idealog #32: now | 1 comment
    A tiny island has become philanthropist John Gow’s new public arts project
  • Is less more?

    2011-02-08 11:24:03 // // Idealog #31: workshop
    Two recent exhibitions reframe minimalism as a live conversation.
  • Bread and roses [The reinvention of Helen Klisser During]

    2010-12-09 19:53:17 // // Idealog #30: features
    Middle management in a large Connecticut bakery wasn't Helen Klisser During's dream job, but she knew what she was doing—priming for her return to Godzone and her parent's company, Vogel's. But when Vogel's was suddenly sold, she reinvented her future as curator and art advisor to New York's elite. By Mitchell Hall.
  • Dick Frizzell’s Rugby World Cup designs and his big eureka moment

    2010-12-09 09:56:01 // // The Idealog Blog
    Earlier this year at Semi Permanent Design Daily spoke with Dick Frizzell (see video HERE), who gave a taster of what he had planned by way of designs for 2011 Rugby World Cup. Now that the designs have finally been unveiled, a "stoked" Frizzell explains the inspiration behind the designs, including one his son Otis refers to as the "son of the Four Square man".
  • Dick Frizzell’s Rugby World Cup designs and his big eureka moment

    2010-12-08 09:06:41 // // The Idealog Blog
    Earlier this year at Semi Permanent Design Daily spoke with Dick Frizzell (see video HERE), who gave a taster of what he had planned by way of designs for 2011 Rugby World Cup. Now that the designs have finally been unveiled, a "stoked" Frizzell explains the inspiration behind the designs, including one his son Otis refers to as the "son of the Four Square man".
  • Picture perfect creativity

    2010-12-03 16:05:33 // // The Idealog Blog
    Here’s your chance to swim in an ocean of creativity. WWF-New Zealand has launched a competition that seeks to harvest the creative juices of New Zealanders in a way that demonstrates a passion for Enzed’s mighty oceans. The competition—‘Ocean:Views’—is calling for people to submit creative works celebrating New Zealand's oceans and our connection with them, through creative works in any of the following four categories—music, creative writing, short film, and visual art (including, but not limited to, photography, illustration, graphic design and multimedia).
  • Pike River tribute by paint

    2010-12-01 16:24:56 // // The Idealog Blog
    Take a look at this painting by Christchurch artist Lisa Wisse, paying tribute to the 29 Pike River coal miners. The painting has been handed over to Grey district mayor Tony Kokshoorn as a homage to the miners and those affected by the Pike river mining disaster.
  • PechaKucha’s final burst of design goodness for 2010

    2010-11-12 11:26:44 // // The Idealog Blog
    The last PechaKucha event of the year looks to be a goodie, full of educational and inspirational design offerings for your listening and viewing pleasure.
  • Speed dating with Art Week Auckland

    2010-11-05 11:39:56 // // The Idealog Blog
    Today marks the launch of Auckland’s Art Week (5-14 November), giving you the chance to pick and choose from 80 events and exhibitions taking place across three inner-city neighbourhoods. Better yet, many of the events are free. You can even get in amongst a spot of speed dating...
  • This is Peter Mars

    2010-11-03 09:47:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    He’s a well-known and respected Pop artist—but not in the conventional music playing ways. Peter Mars, leader of the avant-garde Pop Art movement for the past 20 years, has been described as one of the greatest living pop artists of our day. And as of tomorrow—and if you happen to be in Auckland—you can view his extensive collection for yourself with an exhibition at the Lonely Dog Gallery.
  • AUT’s Art and Design Festival 2010

    2010-11-01 09:46:53 // // The Idealog Blog
    Here’s a chance to catch some of the best up and coming Kiwi talent in design. AUT University’s School of Art + Design are launching the new AD10 (Art + Design) Festival, giving you the chance to see, feel, touch and watch a variety of student work.
  • Catch some Christchurch PechaKucha tomorrow

    2010-10-26 10:19:25 // // The Idealog Blog
    It might have had to take a momentary step aside in light of the Christchurch earthquake, but the good news is Christchurch’s PechaKucha night is all good to go. So good to go in fact, it’s happening tomorrow night. Here's the lineup for tomorrow's creative feast.
  • Accentuate the positive [Brian Brake cuts through the clutter]

    2010-10-22 10:00:49 // // Idealog #30: workshop | 2 comments
    Brian Brake was a colossus of photography's negative period.
  • For the sake of art, charity and a little bit of celebrity

    2010-10-13 17:01:37 // // The Idealog Blog
    Fancy having a piece of Hollie Smith permanently in your home? How about a Riki Gooch? Well—you could—as part of the Art for Artists Sake charity auction, in which sixteen Kiwi artists have applied their dab hand at art in support of Youthline. So get your bidding arm warmed up and head along this Sunday.
  • Bright (s)park of an idea

    2010-10-11 09:26:32 // // The Idealog Blog
    This coming Friday Auckland’s Western Park is set to light up with creative ideas as part of the inaugural Art in the Dark event, aimed at exploring and exploding the ideas of ‘Community, Environment and Utopias.’
  • How soon is now?

    2010-10-10 17:34:24 // // Idealog #29: workshop
    Living in the present is the challenge of contemporary art
  • Envision: Step into the sensory box

    2010-10-05 12:48:16 // // The Idealog Blog
  • Dick Frizzell casts his vote with paint

    2010-09-27 15:56:06 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    When campaigning for Councillor, why settle for having your photo plastered all over billboards when you can instead have your portrait painted on a billboard, by none other than iconic Kiwi artist Dick Frizzell? At least you’ll get a vote in the creativity stakes. As part of Alex Swney's campaign to run as Councillor for the Waitemata/Gulf Ward, Frizzell painted Swney's likeness onto this board at Ponsonby's Western Park.
  • Care to be transported by art?

    2010-09-22 12:15:49 // // The Idealog Blog
    Perhaps if more public transport was transformed into a work of art like this, more people would be encouraged to take a ride on the greener side. Dutch designers Million Dollar Design have given an Amsterdam subway carriage quite the artistic makeover as part of a competition by Amsterdam Public Transport Company GVB.
  • Christchurch PechaKucha postponed

    2010-09-13 11:18:45 // // The Idealog Blog
    While the organisers of Christchurch's Pecha Kucha night had all the good intentions to progress with the event as planned, the decision has been made to postpone this Thursday's event.
  • Rhubarb Lane, where art & architecture work together in a tattoo of light & form.

    2010-09-13 10:38:28 // // The Idealog Blog
    Walking down Rhubarb Lane, the vibrant urban village planned for the Victoria Quarter of Auckland, visitors will face the unusual façade of ‘Tattoo’, the latest release within the Rhubarb Lane development due for completion in 2012.
  • Wellington artist designs and names wine

    2010-09-08 13:53:35 // // The Idealog Blog
    Being commissioned to design a wine label is a great opportunity in and of itself, but having the wine named after you is even better. And Wellington artist Richard Thurston is set to receive the best of both worlds as part of an initiative by online wine retailer Winesale.co.nz.
  • Eve Armstrong takes stock (of plastic)

    2010-09-06 12:55:17 // The Idealog Blog
    Don’t go recycling your plastic waste, give it to Eve Armstrong instead. The artist is on a mission to build a massive public sculpture comprised of the plastic wrapping that surrounds our daily lives. Aptly titled Taking Stock, the sculpture will be a retail display landscape made up of what is usually thrown away, and will turn the mirror back on the shopper. It's all part of the Letting Space public art series, which runs in vacant commercial sites in Wellington and seeks to transform the relationship between artists, property developers and their city.
  • Birds ‘n’ Scaffolding

    2010-08-27 15:22:36 // // The Idealog Blog
    How do you beautify ugly scaffolding? You could try taking 130 hollowed-out yellow balls, fill them with lights, attach them to various posts of scaffolding and then fill with birds to create a series of ‘Urban Nests’.
  • Semi-Snapshot: Dick Frizzell on keeping in the loop

    2010-08-21 18:28:58 // // The Idealog Blog
    After sharing the stage and banter with his son Otis, Dick took a moment to speak with us before he jetted off home. He tells us why he's converted to Facebook and discusses his artful inflection into the Rugby World Cup branding.
  • MAD showcase

    2010-08-13 09:35:19 // // The Idealog Blog
    Rotorua is set to go a little creatively crazy next week when it hosts its fifth annual artsMAD (art, media, architecture and design) event. The free event is put on by the Rotorua District Council (RDC) and brings artists, architects and designers together to share their inspirations with the community.
  • Art in the architecture house

    2010-08-11 15:50:37 // // The Idealog Blog
    Arthouse Architecture is calling for artists to submit designs for installations in their office building as part of a new project. The installation space is available to two artists annually, with prize money of $4,000 each.
  • Micro Sites make big impression

    2010-08-11 10:38:56 // // The Idealog Blog
    Hot on the heels of its Bledisloe Way Light Boxes, Auckland City Council has unleashed another public arts venture called Micro Sites. The 15 locations on the Micro Sites trail are superbly nestled in and around world-class Albert Park. Design Daily's man on the street Simon Todd takes an artistic stroll through the park.
  • Auckland museum seeks your voice

    2010-08-09 18:14:24 // // The Idealog Blog
    Auckland Museum is seeking your input to help guide its Gallery Renewal Plan at a public forum at the end of this month.
  • Light Boxes vs. PO boxes.

    2010-07-28 09:56:41 // // The Idealog Blog
    Design Daily readers, we’d like you to meet our man on the street, Simon Todd. Simon will be offering up regular quirky updates on what’s happening on the urban design-scape of the mean streets of Auckland, in a segment we like to call, ‘Auckland’s urban beat from our man on the street.’ To kick it all off, Simon takes a stroll though the latest offering from Auckland City Council’s Art in Public Places project - the Bledisloe Walkway Light Boxes.
  • Designers get a look-in

    2010-07-26 10:58:46 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Freshly squeezed onto the design scene is Foxes shop of design and wonderment, an on-line based store selling New Zealand made, contemporary design and handmade pieces. The site launched yesterday and features handpicked pieces from site creator Jessica Whiting, who aims to give independent artists the chance to “really make a go of their chosen craft”.
  • Website review: Color Collective

    2010-07-22 10:52:37 // // The Idealog Blog
    If you think purple and orange just don’t go together, think again. Lauren Willhite is a graphic designer who’s out to illustrate that purple and orange can indeed be visually symbiotic, and so can any number of colour combinations.
  • Through the crossroads [Rebecca Herring and the journey to Art Style]

    2010-07-15 12:10:57 // // Idealog #28: features | 1 comment
    Talk about turning the corner: a major illness turned hairdresser Rebecca Herring into an artist and then a fashion designer. By Amanda Cropp.
  • e-waste equals e-art

    2010-07-12 12:58:41 // // The Idealog Blog
    Steven Rodrig is a Cuban- born “inventive and environmentally conscious artist” who transforms e-waste into anything from insects to flowers to cityscapes. He refers to his work as “PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Mixed Media”.
  • Film Festival Time Warp

    2010-07-02 15:35:01 // // The Idealog Blog
    Ocean Design are asking you to put your design goggles on and scour through the archive of New Zealand International Film Festival posters and vote for your favourite poster design.
  • Jenny Holzer: Projections

    2010-07-02 10:54:02 // // The Idealog Blog
    Jenny Holzer has been plastering cities with all kinds of words - truisms, snippets of poetry, even declassified Abu Ghraib documents - for nearly 40 years. She started papering New York city with posters in the '70s, and since then has moved on to LED art and xenon projections onto landmarks and buildings all over the world.
  • The FYI on DIY

    2010-06-25 13:39:24 // // The Idealog Blog
    In his thought of the week, Michael Johnson, creative director of design company Johnson Banks, talks about the transition over the years from a silo system of design to the modern day DIY designer. And as he explains, the creative outlets are vast.
  • ‘The mysteries of the pixel aesthetic’

    2010-05-27 10:16:36 // // The Idealog Blog
  • Alt Group predictions for the year ahead [Alt Group predictions for the year ahead]

    2010-04-01 07:43:05 // // Idealog #26: features
    As Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.” Dean Poole and Ben Corban, co-founders of Alt Group, would agree. On a European jaunt to pick up a coveted grand prix prize at the red dot design awards, they kept a detailed travelogue. Here are their top five observations and predictions for the year ahead.
  • Designer Katie Taylor is doing things her way [Designer Katie Taylor is doing things her way]

    2010-01-19 08:57:00 // // Idealog #25: features
    Designer Katie Taylor has done it her way from the beginning of her career, whether it’s design in the Middle East or acrobatics in Russia. She tells Sam Eichblatt about tenacity, life away from home and surviving London in a recession
  • Where the wild things are

    2010-01-13 12:39:00 // // Idealog #25: workshop
    Neil Pardington’s exhibition The Vault explores those parts of museums that usually remain unseen
  • Export-led discovery

    2009-11-23 12:46:03 // // Idealog #24: workshop
    Tene Waitere lived during dramatic times and left a legacy to match.
  • Dick Frizzell comes full circle

    2009-10-30 11:02:42 // // Idealog #24: now | 1 comment
    This must be Dick Frizzell’s year. His Four Square guy is everywhere, his wine won gold at the 2009 New Zealand International Wine Show, and his book, Dick Frizzell: The Painter, has been released to wide acclaim. Nobody blends the creative and the commercial quite like Frizzell, but where does he draw the line?
  • What really makes a city super?

    2009-10-01 10:16:33 // // Idealog #23: workshop
    It begs the question: just what does a thriving cultural sector bring to a city in terms of visitors, dollars, and the unique flavour that Absolutely Positively Wellington has been banging on about for years?
  • Plaything Gallery and the quest to democratise art

    2009-08-21 11:00:05 // // Idealog #22: features
    Ben King and Adam Bryce are on a mission to democratise art. With a beer budget and a billionaire’s contact book, they dream of kick-starting a new street culture scene in Auckland. Felicity Monk meets the founders of Plaything Gallery. Plus bring the noise
  • The culture curator

    2009-08-19 13:16:22 // // Idealog #22: now
    Taking business east to west—and back again—is Chao Xian Yang’s specialty.
  • On a hunt to animate

    2009-08-17 08:55:56 // // Idealog TV
    Philip Hunt, aka ‘Studio AKA’, chats to us about bringing children’s books to life and the stiff competition he faces from his own daughter.
  • James ‘Benjamin Button’ Jean

    2009-08-17 08:45:00 // // Idealog TV
    No one proposed to him when he was signing books—much to his disappointment. He had the audience and fellow speakers in awe, and it’s got nothing to do with his catchy name and youthful looks! We spoke with a modest James about his incredible body of work and why he’s, er, aging backwards.
  • Caribbean Carson

    2009-08-17 08:40:18 // // Idealog TV
    He’s a bit of a legend in the design industry and on a surfboard. We talk with David Carson, a man who makes a living from his hobby
  • Creative regal

    2009-08-17 08:35:01 // // Idealog TV
    We can’t help but love Alexia Sinclair’s stunning work. We discussed childhood loves and her plans for world domination.
  • Not so semi

    2009-08-16 22:29:27 // // Idealog TV
    Paul Soong from The Church talks about the permanence of Semi-Permanent and why it’s important to nurture upcoming creative Kiwis
  • We are okay—with Cleve Cameron

    2009-08-15 08:49:26 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    A slightly surreal experience with an advertising guy who acts like an artist … or should that be an artist who acts like an advertising guy?
  • SP09: A regal performance - Alexia Sinclair

    2009-08-15 08:44:49 // // The Idealog Blog
    An audience with Australia's next representative at the Venice Bienalle who dodges and burns the line between fine art and pop culture.
  • Pixel fusion

    2009-07-02 08:48:31 // // Idealog #22: interact
    Alexia Sinclair’s digital art is part fashion, part montage, part tribute and totally original. Whether her subject is an artistic depiction of Cleopatra or a commission for Canon, the Sydney-based artist combines her unique artistic eye with virtuoso digital skills. And in mid-August she’ll be in Auckland for Semi-Permanent ’09.
  • Cory Doctorow, the Unlocker

    2009-06-18 16:21:52 // // Idealog #21: now | 1 comment
    Author Cory Doctorow is a merciless critic of the mega-corporations that seek to control creative content—and he’s happy to give his own work away for free
  • Taxpayer treasure

    2009-05-20 14:33:57 // // Idealog #21: workshop
    Art at Te Papa is a timely reminder.
  • B nice

    2009-05-13 12:20:22 // // Idealog #21: workshop
    If you too wondered about Neil Finn’s pie preferences, wonder no more—B>side has the scoop
  • A masterpiece in 160 parts

    2009-05-12 15:07:12 // // Idealog #21: workshop
    Some artworks stand above all others. Here’s why
  • Green above ground

    2009-05-05 10:38:35 // // The Idealog Blog :: The Idealist
    I'm really enjoying the daily updates from Urban Logic, an online magazine (some would call it a blog) about creative ideas in “the built environment”—architecture, urban design and planning, landscapes, public art and so on. If you like the awesome BLDGBLOG, definitely take a look at Urban Logic. It’s searching out some of the most interesting building trends around the planet—such as the green areas being created in Singapore rooftops—and it’s all being done from Auckland, New Zealand. Perhaps it’ll help inspire some of our local developers and planners.
  • Art for Love

    2009-04-30 12:30:11 // // The Idealog Blog
    When art and science collide
  • Get festive

    2009-02-25 07:57:06 // // Idealog #20: now
    Art, dance, theatre, comedy and debauchery—book now
  • Art, body and soul

    2009-01-02 08:43:45 // // Idealog #19: workshop | 1 comment
    Sculpture is at its best in the great outdoors
  • Who's a clever bastard, then? [Clever Bastards: Paul Kayser and friends]

    2008-11-20 08:28:01 // // Idealog #18: now | 2 comments
    A round-up of our artistic types
  • Slow journey

    2008-10-23 15:05:04 // // Idealog #18: now
    Sculptor Joe Sheenan describes his work as an exercise in sitting still
  • Our Garbo

    2008-10-15 13:59:12 // // Idealog #17: workshop
    There was no recession in New Zealand. Rita Angus is proof
  • Growing our own

    2008-07-14 11:04:44 // // Idealog #16: workshop
    In a country failing to invest in talent, one solution can be found on K Road
  • The art of the archetype

    2008-06-30 08:59:54 // // Idealog #16: now | 1 comment
    Nick Konings mixes photography, speech, psychology, software and art to create a new definition of the portrait
  • Spade work

    2008-05-30 11:30:00 // // Idealog #15: now
    While most eyes turn to the Olympics, Dane Mitchell will be competing in Switzerland at the ‘Olympics of the art world’
  • Unpainted: Meet Sofia Minson, artist unto her own [Sofia Minson, artist unto her own]

    2008-04-11 12:22:40 // // Idealog #14: features
    Drop out of fifth form art, get accepted into Elam, then decide to give it a miss. Pay no attention to art other than your own and paint whatever takes your fancy—all in old-fashioned oils. This, reports Gena Tuffery, is the Sofia Minson shortcut
  • Thin veneer

    2008-04-03 10:29:40 // // Idealog #14: workshop
    Kiwi art and antiques are in demand—but we still like the offshore stuff
  • Pop goes the easel

    2008-03-03 09:25:46 // // Idealog #14: workshop
    Pop art made the cliché seem clever, but it’s time for it to come off the canvas
  • The honourable relic

    2008-01-29 08:57:25 // // Idealog #13: workshop
    Goldie captures the story of a nation in two portraits—but not as he intended
  • Brothers in indigenous art: Phillip, Richard and Jody Murray

    2008-01-17 09:43:43 // // Idealog #13: features
    Take three brothers: one clued-up in IT, one with a business background, and another who creates 21st-century Maori art. It took a family loss to bring them together but now they’re reinventing the business of indigenous art. Amokura Panoho meets the Murray men of Imagenation
  • It'a jungle out there

    2007-11-28 12:55:40 // // Idealog #12: workshop
    A Kiwi institution is set to go global. Can it keep its homegrown mojo?
  • Photographer Dean MacKenzie's winning hyperrealism

    2007-11-19 14:33:15 // // Idealog #12: now
    Photographer of the Year Dean MacKenzie keeps it all in the family
  • Dig the new breed

    2007-11-11 06:30:34 // // Idealog #12: workshop
    Curators are the new superstars of the art world. Here’s why
  • Heads up

    2007-11-09 11:28:20 // // Idealog #12: now
    Hats off to The New Dowse, which is demonstrating its multi-discipline exhibition policy with a show of millinery
  • Kelcy Taratoa: Patronised painter

    2007-11-08 05:56:31 // // Idealog #12: now
    Leonardo da Vinci had one. So did Raphael. Now our own Kelcy Taratoa is flourishing under the creatively liberating breeze of the patron’s dollar
  • The evolution will be televised

    2007-10-03 09:19:56 // // Idealog #11: workshop
    Artists are returning reality to the video clip
  • Iconix puts Kiwi art icons under the X-ray

    2007-06-26 23:00:00 // // Idealog #10: now
    Kiwi icons under the X-ray
  • Regan Gentry: Gorses for courses

    2007-06-24 23:00:00 // // Idealog #10: now | 1 comment
    A new use for a stubborn pest
  • The remaking of Lower Hutt’s Dowse gallery

    2007-03-22 09:00:00 // // Idealog #8: features
    What’s behind the $6 million redevelopment of Lower Hutt’s Dowse gallery? A vision for a creative city, reports Mary Parker
  • MadeFromNZ taps into Kiwi pride

    2006-12-22 01:00:00 // // Idealog #7: now
    Two creative Kiwis are planning to turn the world’s beaches into a canvas for New Zealand sculpture. First, they’ve got some t-shirts to sell
  • Taranaki’s Govett-Brewster gallery an ideas factory

    2006-11-15 14:46:18 // // Idealog #6: features | 1 comment
    In 1967 Taranaki’s Govett-Brewster gallery blew the socks off New Zealand’s art scene—and sent ratepayers into a moral rage. Since then the gallery has become a model for nurturing talent, exporting ideas and generating cultural tourism. Hamish Coney looks for lessons on becoming world famous in New Plymouth
  • It's time to rebrand New Zealand art

    2006-07-13 10:47:10 // // Idealog #4: workshop
    A quick rebranding sees New Zealand at the forefront of a new art movement
  • Misery, Inc. [Tanya Thompson is Misery, Inc]

    2006-07-06 00:00:00 // // Idealog #4: features | 2 comments
    Tanya Thompson’s transformation from ‘waif-like graffiti artist to mini-corporate’ has some predicting that it’s just a matter of time until she has her own fashion empire. Thompson—better known as Misery—is turning her cute-but-creepy creations into a global business. By Eleanor Black
  • The new Kiwi art dealer

    2006-06-04 00:00:00 // // Idealog #3: features
    Kiwi art dealers are going where the buyers are: the international art fairs where the mega-rich and the über-trendy mix and mingle. Hamish Coney looks at the new breed of dealer
  • Outer Space Marae: Carving a new tradition

    2006-05-01 16:48:12 // // Idealog #3: features
    ‘Outer Space Marae’ is built of plastic and light. Photographs by Alistair Guthrie