16 Nov 2018
The book is published by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery with the support of Pump House Gallery, Michael Lett Gallery and Creative New Zealand in association with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery exhibition Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish, 12 May – 22 July 2018.
Originally staged at London’s Pump House Gallery (10 January – 1 April 2018) as Spong’s first solo-exhibition in the United Kingdom, a hook but no fish explored the Lingua Ignota, the invented language of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century Benedictine mystic. London-based Spong returned to New Zealand as the Gallery’s Creative New Zealand 2018 Aotearoa New Zealand Artist in Residence to restage the exhibition. Curated by Govett-Brewster assistant curator Tendai John Mutambu, the second iteration of a hook but no fish included new works produced during the residency.
Commissioned to follow the exhibition, Sriwhana Spong: H significantly expands the artist’s project beyond the exhibition through a set of new writings. Edited by Spong and with an introduction by Ned McConnell (Pump House Gallery), the book features new writing by Kate Briggs (Piet Zwart Institute), Vera Mey (SOAS University of London), Francesco Ventrella (University of Sussex) and Jan Verwoert (Piet Zwart Institute).
Designed by Sandra Kassenaar, Sriwhana Spong: H features a bespoke typeface throughout and full page gloss illustrations from Spong’s film a fish but no hook.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Senior Curator Paul Brobbel says “Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish has been one of the most anticipated and engaging projects in this year’s programme. That we have been able to follow the exhibition with such a well-conceived and finely designed reader is a thrilling conclusion to Sriwhana’s residency in Taranaki.”
The publication will be launched on Saturday 17 November 2018, 12 – 1pm, at Michael Lett Gallery on Karangahape Rd, Auckland, New Zealand.
About Sriwhana Spong
Sriwhana Spong is a New Zealand artist based in London. She received an MFA in 2015 from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Im Wintergarten, daadgalerie, Berlin (2016); Oceanic Feeling with Maria Taniguchi, ICA, Singapore (2016); having-seen-snake, Michael Lett, Auckland (2017); The Score, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2017), If These Stones Could Sing, KADIST, San Francisco (2018), a hook but no fish, Pump House Gallery, London and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2018).
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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About Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum in the coastal city of New Plymouth, Taranaki on the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since opening in 1970, the Gallery has dedicated itself to innovative programming, focused collection development and audience engagement. It has earned a strong reputation nationally and internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the Pacific Rim. The Govett-Brewster is also home to the collection and archive of the seminal modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye (1901–1980).
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery was founded with a gift to the city of New Plymouth, from one of its greatest ‘Friends’ Monica Brewster (née Govett). A globetrotter before the age of air travel, Monica Brewster envisaged an art museum for her hometown that would be an international beacon for the art and ideas of the current day – the sort she had become familiar with on her global travels.
The Govett-Brewster continues in the legacy of Monica Brewster by taking on and presenting the most provocative, audacious and confident works of art in the global arts landscape.
The greatly expanded museum re-launched on 25 July 2015 with the addition of the Len Lye Centre. With its curved exterior walls of mirror-like stainless steel, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is the country’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art.
This latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.
The Len Lye Centre features Lye’s work in kinetic sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, batik and writing, as well as related work by contemporary and historical artists.
It also houses a state-of-the-art 62-seat cinema – a welcoming environment for audiences to experience Len Lye’s films, local and international cinema, cult, arthouse and experimental films, and regular festival programming.
The Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre is owned and operated by the New Plymouth District Council, which governs the museum under the terms of the founding Monica Brewster Trust Deed and through the Len Lye Committee of Council which formally manages the relationship between Council, Len Lye Foundation, and Govett-Brewster staff.