Nik Hanton

About  Nik Hanton

Sand

Sand

I've been spending an increasing number of hours with sand and all of the pieces I've made for the work for the Te Uru space reflect this. It's incredible how each beach has a different look and feel in both the landscape and the sand. From sand that's almost white,...

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Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

When making work in response to the Te Uru space I thought about the bringing of the outside, in. I looked at the gallery rooms and saw that from one of the spaces there's a window from which you have a view of trees and the sea. It was this that informed my material...

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Stendhal Syndrome

Stendhal Syndrome

I have a fascination for psychological terminology- this has most recently been seen in my enthusiasm in response to the Placebo and Nocebo Effects, which I've based two bodies of work on. When I heard of the classification of Stendhal Syndrome I was excited. Stendhal...

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Shadow

Shadow

When I saw the Eva Rothschild exhibition at Wellington City Gallery I was as drawn to the shadows cast by the works as much as I was drawn to the works themselves. Both were remarkable. I'm wanting to play with shadow in my work for the Te Uru show. The title of my...

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Kōrerorero

Kōrerorero

There are so many times in making when talking through your work helps to clarify/solidify your thought processes- provided you're talking with the right person. I had my kōrerorero with Sian van Dyke from the Dowse Art Museum and it offered just that. In explaining...

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Artistic reinvention- CODA

Artistic reinvention- CODA

One of the things that I love about making is trying new things. New materials. New forms. New techniques. New colour palettes. Frank Stella is an artist whose work and career one can't help but admire. With a practice spanning over half a century, his work...

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Art you can dismantle

Art you can dismantle

The showing of Eva Rothschild's, Kosmos, at the Wellington City Gallery couldn't have happened at a better time for me. I've already been looking at her work intently over the last few months so the opportunity to see it in person is excellent. While the above work,...

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Totem – Te Uru

Totem – Te Uru

I've been working on the idea of creating a series of modern "totems". This raises the question of cultural appropriation for me. While I won't be using motifs from any culture apart from my own, even the term "totem" sits uncomfortably with me. The issue is that I...

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Strangling space

Strangling space

When a collection of works is in response to a gallery space the volume and shape of the space can (potentially) over-ride/rule the works, if we let it. What if we "strangled the space" and bent it to our will rather than being beholden to it? The space becomes no...

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“Zig-Zag”

“Zig-Zag”

My personality is one that thrives on order. While not a precise person by nature I do like things to be "tidy". There's something about a zig-zag that fits perfectly with my desire for order and my inability to subscribe to strict precision. Terhi Tolvanen has...

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