re:place is the culmination of Whakatāne based artist Sarah Hudson’s time in Ōtepoti, in Whakaohorahi Broad Bay, between March and May 2022. Hudson’s practice is centred in connecting with the whenua through the use of earth pigments and she and her whānau have spent the past three months walking tracks and tracing the harbour's edge to conduct a colour survey of earth pigments present across Whakaohorahi.
Ōtepoti Stor(i)es is a new site-specific interactive installation by Vicki Lenihan which highlights the history of Ōtepoti, the formative trading site located directly across the street from Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Lenihan has created an interactive experience focused around a pātaka kai of preserved plums collected from the artist’s own yard, to emphasise the importance of manaakitaka, kaihauka, and kā kete o te wānaka–the sacred repositories of human kindness, seasonal observation, and ancestral wisdom.
Idle Hands brings together three projects which use forms of performance to document moments of downtime, waiting, anticipation, rest, and play.
In this new body of work, Georgette playfully and poetically explores her lifelong connection to mushrooms through various media.
This exhibition uses a foundational work of Modern Travel Literature, A Voyage Round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, Commanded by Capt. James Cook, During the Years 1772, 3, 4, and 5, Georg Forster, 1777.
Ed Ritchie considers architectural features from the facades of buildings that have housed Blue Oyster over the past two decades. Drawn from memories not measurements, Ritchie's work considers the Blue Oyster archive and incorporates copper, a nod to the material interest of Blue Oyster's previous anniversary exhibitions. Ritchie has developed this work in conversation with the Blue Oyster archive.
Her and Keane take the phrase ‘have you eaten rice yet?’ as a departure point for this collaborative project. Common across many Asian languages and often used in passing as a greeting, ‘have you eaten rice yet?’ holds multiple associations with care: it is an inquiry into well-being as much as being a literal question about eating and food. Within this project, the expression offers a means of engaging with the slippages between written and spoken language.
SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) presents new work by Te Whanganui-a-Tara based practitioner Turumeke Harrington. Navigating concepts of taonga, time travel, whānau and whakapapa SPECIAL TIME (Ehara i te tī) explores new mediums and collaborative partnerships in an immersive sculptural installation. Developed with support from the Ngāi Tahu Fund.
radiata, a sculpture and sound installation, queers the constructs that have led to the othering of nature, of separating humans from non-human beings.
distance rewoven from the roots to the stem presents new work by Tāmaki Makaurau based practitioner Arielle Walker. Beginning with the relationship between storytelling and traditional crafts passed down over generations, the work references lines of her tūpuna wāhine and looks towards her ancestral homelands, particularly Taranaki, Scotland, and Ireland.