Tuesday, November 21

interview: lukas starkey (musician)

Photo by Mason Fairey

Who is Pixels?
Pixels is Eamon Wells, Cindy Tan, Mason Fairey, Alex Guthrie, Lukas Hanson and Liam Pram.

How did the band form?
The band formed to play live in 2016 and kind of grew, when I started writing with Cindy, into what it is now. We're just tryna write cute songs and be a computerbubblegumpop band.

What are three words you'd use to describe your music?
Three words to describe Pixels could be "robots in love"..? or "bubblegum android duets".



What's next for the Pixels?
We are going to play summer gigs and Cindy is working on a new video for "So Lucky" off Lemoncrush. I've got two new singles in the works which will be here soon.

Where is a good place to write a song in Auckland?
I think a good place to write a song is in your bed or your room but Auckland's got good West Coast beaches, which are always amazing.

xx
Lou

Wednesday, November 15

interview: ella harrington knapton (artist)








Ella Harrington Knapton is a Dunedin-based artist and collaborator, who is about to head off overseas for an artist residency in Japan. I caught up with Ella to talk about her plans and interesting projects she is working on.

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Where are you now and when are you heading off on your residency?

I'm currently in Dunedin working all summer.  I’m travelling to Malaysia, India and Thailand for a short while before heading to Japan for an artist residency in March.

Why did you apply for this residency? 

Honestly, I was just having a really weird week and feeling a bit stuck (common winter Dunedin feelings) and started writing down some ideas for a drawing project. which quickly turned into a proposal that I sent off to a couple of places on the ResArtis website. All in one day haha. I was so surprised at the responses; I never thought it was that easy to do.

I chose this little place outside of Fukuoka because it had quite a diverse range of young artists visit recently. I spoke to a photographer from Belgium who was there and she really sold it to me. It’s a picturesque, traditional, rural area with mountains by the sea and the studio is a super relaxed and isolated working environment, so really you can take it as far as you like.

What projects have you been working on? 

I’m working on a little project where I’m making and collecting computer-based data like GPS tracking/traces and timelines and using them as drawing marks. I'm playing around with dislocation, disorder and control. I'm hoping to develop this work in Japan.

Another project I’m really excited about is a collaboration with Dunedin-based embroidery artist Lucinda King. We will work on the same giant bit of fabric and send it back and forth like a pen pal diary exchange, but with only stitches

Can you tell me about how your drawings got printed on shoes for a fashion show in China? 

I recently did a collaboration with F u r g who has made a ridiculously beautiful fashion collection for her Masters. I did the prints that were laser cut into the wooden shoes, which were part of this collection. F u r g was invited to an international showcase in Guangzhou. I also recently did a print collaboration with Company Of Strangers; it’s been a cool experience working with fashion designers this year.

What do you hope to be doing in 6 months' time? 

In six months I’ll still be in Japan but probably running out of money and trying to figure out where to move to next… I have no idea where I’m going to live. I'm thinking about heading to the blue mountains where my grandparents live and hiding out there for a while.

What are your three favourite objects in your bedroom? 

My ceiling-to-floor green velvet curtains, a pink ceramic “cat” my little brother made me years ago that is basically a curved fleshy log and maybe my faux wedding photo album.

xx
Lou

Saturday, November 4

unmissable exhibitions in november


I am part of The Pantograph Punch's team of art writers who write short, snappy reviews of shows around New Zealand every month. It's a nation-wide gallery guide! Check out November's reviews here.

Friday, September 8

destined for extinction: elam's huia house



I wrote a feature about the Elam Students' Association's house in Huia. It's on land worth $500,000 but the house is falling apart.

xx
Lou

Sunday, August 13

silence overgrown


As Kane said in his press release for this video, arriving in New York for his first overseas tour was the most surreal experience of his life. He made the video for his song, 'Silence Overgrown' with footage from the band's U.S. and European tours. There's something about it that captures that giddy feeling. It's sweet, charismatic and it's also quite funny.

xx
Lou

soothing words and bloody deeds: on animals and the law

Nicolai Fechin, 'Slaughterhouse', 1919
I have a feature out on the first animal law conference in New Zealand. I'd be so stoked if you could check it out. You can find it on the Pantograph Punch here.

xx
Lou

Sunday, August 6

the unmissables: four exhibitions to see in august

Octavia Cook, A Show of Eyes, 2017. Photo from Anna Miles Gallery.
I'm part of a wonderful team of art writers who do short reviews every month on exhibitions around New Zealand. The project is called 'The Unmissables' and hopes to provide a list of the best and most controversial shows for readers before the shows close. Check out the post for August here.

xx
Lou