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Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival program

Have you heard about the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival?  I hadn’t, and it starts on 10 May – but I’ve bought my tickets now.  Head to Rialto for more info or to Resene if you want to download a programme.  The other event sponsor is Design Onscreen – they are a US based non-profit foundation dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design.  Of course the Architecture & Design festival won’t be of much interest to you if you’re not in Auckland.  Love the idea of the festival – but would really love to be able to download/rent these movies online – it would be more convenient and I could see more of them – and some movies are best viewed in the privacy of your own home.

Home of the year – it’s beautiful – have a look yourself

One of the things that caught my eye was the lighting.  They are Octo birch pendant lamps by Seppo Koho for Secto Design lighting.  In NZ you can source these from Simon James Design.  But if you want some idea of what they cost head over here.  I think they are too big for either side of our bed though…


A work of art is not primarily an object of connoisseurship, a historic or cultural record, or a commodity.  For artists, a work of art is alive, a living reality.. to be fully experienced, a work of art needs to be felt, more than understood.

Michael Craig-Smith, artist

Why collect contemporary art?

Contemporary art is the art of its time: it engages with the immediate here and now.  It also points to the future.  Contemporary art can assume an infinite number of forms…  Within this multifariousness a collector can locate an area that is compatible with his or her own intellectual and aesthetic preferences.  Contemporary art often reflects the past in order to illuminate the present and indicate the future.  In this way it can reinforce an understanding and appreciation of art history.  At its best contemporary art engages the mind and the eye.  It can force the viewer to grapple with unfamiliar concepts, or to look anew at the everyday.

Louisa Buck and Judith Greer  ‘Owning art – a contemporary art collectors handbook’

People often ask me what my paintings mean.  I realised when I was thinking about this that rather than try to explain what they are about, I would much rather discuss what I hope is their mystery, the gaps between their ostensible subject matter and what they actually say.  This difficulty in explaining the meaning of a painting might become planner if you try to explain the meaning of things in the real world; of an actual bird, hill, tree, table, a necklace or flower etc.  One can expound… on the appearance, function or context of an object, but it’s very hard to explain what is actually means…

Tony Lane

What you really collect is always yourself

Jean Baudrillard, Philosopher