The authors in this publication look at this rare contemporary practice in a thought-provoking way to unpeel and examine the methods and ways the artists engage with the world they live in.
Well-known artists Dr.Victoria Edwards and Ina Johann began working together as EDWARDS + JOHANN in 2007. The duo has been described as "conceptually rigorous and resolute in its integration of ideas, processes and materials. The work of both artists gives primacy to the exploration and testing of ideologies about the making of art, in practices that are grounded in the detail and activities of the environment in which they work, socialize and live." (Dr.Warren Feeney)
"They are well aware of the transformative nature of costume, and often exploit it to playful ends." (Felicity Milburn)
"We don't put an intellectual premise out and then work towards it. We have a framework of investigations/research we engage with. The studio is a testing ground, a sort of lab for us; living breathing energy of instability and potential, especially in the early stages of the development of a body of work. We re-investigate stories, myths, legends - tales from the edge and we map new territories. We question what we think we know, and why. We shake up predictability and regain the innocence and acknowledgment of not knowing. It is often not until we actually select and engage with the materials and until we carve the work into form, that we discover what something has become". (Edwards + Johann)
from THE EDGE OF SPACES
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: EDWARDS + JOHANN
Authors: Dr. Barbara Garrie, Dr.Warren Feeney, Felicity Milburn, Catharina Van Bohemen, Gregory O'Brien
Format: 245 x 180mm, softcover, 76 pp, perfect binding
RRP: $45 (plus postage)
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We opened our touring exhibition From the Edge of Spaces at Whakatane Library and Exhibition centre. The new director Eric Holowacz invited us to become the Pilot Volcanic Artits in Residence in Whakatane visiting Whakaari White Island. This has been an amazing, utterly magical and game changing experience for us. see Edwards+Johann project page
Our diptych work On the Seam of Things - Constellations #9 has been selected as a finalists work, travelling exhibition in the 2017 Wallace Art Awards.
The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
5 September - 12 November 2017
Wallace Gallery Morrinsville
167 Thames Street, Morrinsville
29 November 2017 - 28 January 2018
Academy Galleries, Wellington
1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
19 February - 25 March 2018
This year the Trust received 428 entries from which 83 entries have been selected as finalists. From the finalists 55 have been chosen for the Award Winners & Travelling exhibition and the balance is represented in the Salon des Refuses.
The finalists have been selected by the 2017 judging panel, comprising of by prominent members of the arts sector Linda Tyler, Richard Maloy, Russ Flatt, Steve Carr, Phil Dadson and Ruth Watson.
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. Their diptych work On the Seam of Things - Constellations #1 will be exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington. An advisory panel, consisting of Dr. Warren Feeney, John Gow, Simon Rees and Kelcy Taratoa decided on the short-list for exhibition out of over 500 entries. The winning submission will be selected and announced by this year's judge Seraphine Pick at the opening of the Parkin Prize Exhibition on the 1. August.
The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition runs until 27 August 2017 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Wharf, Wellington.
The exhibition EVENTS GROWING from the EDGE of SPACES at The Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre presents recent works.
The exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography Programme and runs until the 9th of July.
The series On the Seam of Things - Constellations and Constellations - drawing strength record the gradual process of drawing, part of the work's becoming; a probing and mapping of new territory. Drawing acts like an obsessive caress on the photographic surface, finding form and meaning as motif for the tensions and dichotomies inherent in life. This territory reflects a basic human condition...to connect, work, play and test the space we inhabit to deal with crises and to grow. The seam is a point of connection but also a space of friction, tension and inevitable fragility. The series An Embezzlement of Sort is a dark, yet playful space of human propositions to 'unknown' events.
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the National Contemporary Art Award. The judge Elisabeth Caldwell selected 51 artworks for exhibition. Announcement of winner and exhibition opening will be on the 28th of July at Waikato Museum, Hamilton.
The exhibition is on until the 5th of November 2017.
Judge Felicity Milburn awarded the work On the seam of things - Constellations #8 one of four Highly Commended Awards in this year's Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2017. Selected from 430 entries and 80 finalists the work will be on display at the Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.
"An elegant essay in the art of juxtaposition, this work combines photography and drawing to compelling effect. Vast natural forces, threatening to collide, loom beside a figure-like form that has been assembled from an inexplicable convergence of materials. Rods of colour connect the two compositional fields, imbuing the work with a sense of mysterious and unstable energy."
See MMCA website for all Award Results
Upcoming Projects 2017:
Fundraiser for our exhibition
Events growing from the edge of spaces at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre during The Auckland Festival of Photography
Highlights in 2016:
Supreme Winner New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016
Finalists in Parkin Drawing Prize
Finalists Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award 2016
Finalists in Wallace Art Awards 2016
See what i can see: discovering new zealand photography
Finalists Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2016
Our diptych work Constellations - drawing strength #8/9 has been selected as a finalists work in the Wallace Art Awards 2016.
The work will be included in the travelling exhibition.
This year the Trust received 371 entries from which 88 entries have been selected as finalists.
The finalists have been selected by the 2016 judging panel, comprising of by prominent members of the arts sector Andrew Clifford, Georgina Ralston, Philip Trusttum, Richard Maloy and Sam Mitchell.
All finalsists' works will shortly be delivered to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, when round two of judging will commence. The judges will select the Award Winners, and a proportion of the works will be shown as part of the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition, with the balance shown in the Salon des Refuses.
The wall installation Constellations - Life beteen buildings, no2, #1-13, 2016 has been selected by this year's judge Kim Paton.
The award winner will be announced at the exhibition opening and award ceremony at Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi Friday, 5 August 2016 at 6 pm.
The exhibition will be held at Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi from 5 August - 18 September 2016.
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the 2016 Parkin Drawing Prize. Their diptych work Constellations - drawing strenght #6 will be exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington. An advisory panel, consisting of Dick Frizzell, Dr. Warren Feeney, Judy Darragh and Kelcy Taratoa spent hours assessing hundreds of entries before deciding on the short-list.for exhibition out of 429 entries. The winning submission will be selected and announced by this year's judge Jenny Harper.
The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition season runs until 28 August 2016 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Wharf, Wellington.
Judge Zara Stanhope selected the work On the seam of things - Constellations #5 to be the supreme winner of the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016. Selected from 41 finalists the work will be on display during the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
"Everyone artist deserves an award. However, the winner of the Waikato Painting and Print Award are Edwards + Johann for their intriguing figure set in a diptych or two part image that uses photography and drawing. The strange personae seems to be an assemblage of everyday objects, including rubber gloves and a vacuum cleaner giving us a hint of gender in an otherwise ambiguous veiled torso. This sense of intrigue is accentuated by the abstract motifs and strange floating geological forms with their delicately inscribed lines. Overall, On the Seam of Things - Constellation #5 evokes the artist curiosity in the tension of bringing matter together, the real and abstract, artificial and natural, mind and body."
Zara Stanhope, judge, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016
The work On the seam of things - Constellations is one of the works selected by this year's judge Richard Fahey and will be shown at the Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre in February 2016.
The work On the seam of things - Constellations #5 is one of the works selected by this year's judge Zara Stanhope and will be shown at the prestigious New Zealand Painting and Painting Award exhibition during the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February 2016.
Our work On the seam of things - Constellations #4 has been selected as a finalists work in the Wallace Art Awards 2015 and we are delighted that the work will be included in the travelling exhibition.
This year the Trust received 531 entries from which 85 entries have been selected as finalists.
The finalists have been selected by the 2015 judging panel, comprising of prominent art practitioners Joyce Campbell, Andrew Clifford, Ian Jervis, Andrew McLeod and Philip Trusttum.
The Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition will be exhibited at:
- Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre: 2 September to 9 November 2015
- Pataka Art + Museum: 28 November 2015 - 7 February 2016 (Opening: 29 November, 2pm)
- Wallace Gallery Morrinsville: 18 February 2016 -24 April 2016 (Opening: 17 February, 6pm)
The Salon des Refuses will be exhibited at the Pah Homestead from 8 November - 18 October 2015
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the 2015 Parkin Drawing Prize. Their two submissions Constellations - drawing strenght #7 and On the seam of things- Constellations#3 will be exhibited. An advisory panel, consisting of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce, Associate Professor, Arts commentator, historian and writer Dr. Warren Feeney, poet, painter, curator and editor,Gregory O'Brien and New Zealand artist Judy Darragh selected the finalists for exhibition out of nearly 500 entries.
The winning submission will be selected and announced by artist Dick Frizzell at a gala event at the Academy Galleries/ Wellington on Monday 7th of September.
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the National Contemporary Art Award. The judge Aaron Kreisler selected 53 artworks for exhibition out of 325 entries. Announcement of winner and exhibition opening will be on the 17th of July at Waikato Museum, Hamilton.
Our three month Residency at Altes Spital has started!
Here we are - mountains, rivers, lakes...sounds like New Zealand - definitely not!
We are staying at Altes Spital Cultural Centre in Solothurn. The weather is still cold, misty and the landscape has a magical monochromatic camouflage to offer....we are exploring the area by foot with our cameras - bringing a little colour to the scene. It's exciting, new, strange, curious, 'fantastisch'...
Our numerous outings, visits to contemporary exhibitions and permanent collections/museums in Basel, Bern, Zuerich and Luzern are a feast and continue to enrich our experience constantly.
Image: The Altes Zeughaus is closed for renovations til 2016...what a pity!
From 370 entries submitted by New Zealand artists throughout the country, Judge Dr Anne Kirker has selected 50 finalist artworks for the 2015 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award.
The work Constellations - drawing strength #5 is one of 50 works selected and will be shown at the prestigious award exhibition during the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February 2015.
The work On the seam of things - Constellations #2ï¿½ has been selected as a finalist work. It is one of 32 works selected to be a part of the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists show.
Announcement of winners will be 1st of September 2014 at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. The Exhibition of Winners and Selected Finalists will be open to the public at the Pah Homestead from Tuesday the 2nd of September to Sunday the 9th of November 2014.
The exhibition will be travel to Pataka, Porirua City, where it will be on display from the 29th of November 2014 to the 8th of February 2015. From here the exhibition will also travel to the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville before returning to Auckland in late April 2015.
Edwards+Johann will be at Altes Spital, Cultural Centre in Solothurn/Switzerland for a three months residency from January - March 2015.
Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the Parkin Drawing Prize. The judges selected 81 workls for exhibition out of 454 entries. Announcement of winner by Gregory O'Brien on the 6th of August.
Edwards+Johann will be Artists in Residence at Otago Polytechnic, School of Art from 25 August - 12 September.
Exhibition at DSA Gallery 13 - 29 August
Edwards+Johann's work has been chosen for the group exhibit celebrating the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art's 10 year anniversary. E+J are one of 10 selected winners for the upcoming group show in March.
Jurors: Eve Schillo, L.A.County Museum of Art (LACMA); Rex Bruce, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
The installation work point moving – becoming line – requiring time, 2013 has been selected for exhibition in the Parkin Drawing Prize opening in August 2013 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.
New work by Edwards+Johann will be presented at the Auckland Art Fair August 7-11
The work On the seam of things - sure to spill 1-5 ï¿½has been selected as a finalist work and will travel to selected venues in New Zealand until May 2013
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected to occupy one of the six newly established artist studios in the rear part of gallery Chambers241 in Christchurch!
Chambers241 is a new initiative developed by Dr. Warren Feeney and Ronald Mottram. The cultural programme includes group and solo exhibitions, performances, concerts and more. We are excited to be part of this cultural hub centred on the periphery of our munted inner city.
We look forward to productive times and new beginnings here in Christchurch. Visitors are welcome to our studio by appointment.
We are pleased to announce that we will also present our latest exhibition Faculty of Wonder - Lost and Found in the gallery spaces at Chambers241 on Moorehouse Avenue from the 1-12 of November. Opening night is Tuesday the 1st of November at 5.30pm. All Welcome.
The exhibition will further explore our sense of wonder, theatricality and performative elements alongside photography and drawing. The installation will ponder human concepts such as loss, disorientation and connection. The underlying notion is one of a secret garden, where beauty and unease live alongside each other creating a space of magical, theatrical other-ness ; a space of potential and hope.
Faculty of Wonder Lost and Found
Lopdell House Gallery Titirangi
Opens Thursday 5 May, 6pm
Exhibition runs 6 May 26 June 2011
Wonderfully witty and inventive collaborative artists Edwards + Johann bring their photographic skills and imaginations to transform the gallery into a magical spectacle. Inspired by a variety of sources including museum displays, theatre and found objects, Faculty of Wonder Lost and Found combines photography, drawing, collage and moving image to create a hybrid world where the real and the imagined mysteriously merge.
Indoor and outdoor video installations - Perth800 celebrations
AK Bell Library; Perth Museum and Art Gallery
The video pieces developed for Perth800 Lightnight Festival are personal reflections of the duo's journey – fine, fragile connections with place.
Encounters of place from the artists' experience and perspective following the Residency at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, May/June 2010
The people of Perth can identify with, respond to and/or form a relationship with the images and the sensitivity of the work. From poetic to quirky, including moments of confusion, viewers will hopefully find room to reflect on personal experiences, social and cultural histories – the treasures in our lives.
I can't...you see
Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Puna O Waiwhetu
September 2010, February 2011
The history of European portrait painting and its pacific translations, figure / ground relationships and an investigation of the self is explored through Edwards+Johann’s performative role playing. Their peculiar costumes and the interchangeable nature of their characters reveals some essence of being – both other and ourselves - or maybe ourselves discovered through the other…