Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Opening at Enjoy: Emil McAvoy, PRISMISM

Emil McAvoy
July 11 – August 2, 2014
Opening : Friday, July 11, 6:00pm

Opening & catalogue publication launch: Friday, July 11, 6:00pm
Artist's talk: Saturday, July 12, 1:00pm
Throughout its history abstract painting has been deployed in the service of diverse agendas across the political spectrum. More recent revelations of the CIA's covert promotion of Abstract Expressionism - in order to bolster the ideology of western capitalism during the Cold War - have prompted a further reframing of abstract painting, its language and potential meanings.

PRISMISM is the first exhibition of Emil McAvoy's paintings, alongside other works, which confront the loaded issue of government communications surveillance. Recent disclosures of widespread illegal surveillance by the NSA's PRISM programme, and its connections with the activities of the New Zealand Government's Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), have galvanised public debate.

Returning to his engagement with the visual culture of policing, McAvoy appropriates the livery of New Zealand Police patrol cars, with reference to Futurism's chequered history: their iconic depictions of the automobile, their glorification of speed and power, and their support of Italian fascism.

McAvoy recasts this livery in modular paintings imagined to infiltrate a selection of unseen rooms of power allegedly driving the advancement of a police state. PRISMISM further imagines Enjoy Gallery as a kind of pseudo-governmental 'think tank', where visitors may sit and discuss the complex geopolitical issues at stake.

Emil McAvoy is an artist and writer based in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Auckland University of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. He creates work which tests art's capacity to engage contemporary cultural and political issues, often excavating moments in our recent past. He works across a range of media including photography, video, sculpture, painting, text and live video performance. Recent projects include Reflections on Lily Pond, Projectspace, Elam School of Fine Arts (2014); an open studio and residency at Development AIR, Auckland (2013); and Occultivation, Snake Pit, Auckland (2012). He was the recipient of the Archives New Zealand 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2009), a Wallace Art Award (2011), an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship (2011), and a placement in the current Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme for recent graduates.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1 / 147 Cuba Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Gallery opening hours
Wednesday to Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

T+ 64 4 384 0174
Find us on Facebook and Twitter

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news