Exhibitions

Ani O’Neill

Starkwhite is delighted to welcome Ani O’Neill and present her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Classic Hits, from 14 March – 10 April 2019.

When Ani O’Neill graduated from Elam in 1994 her work immediately found prominence. Using wool, fabric, florist ribbon, and items from clearance stores and op shops, she made objects that used Cook Island handcraft skills to communicate the cultural values and teachings of her Cook Island Grandmother. O’Neill’s work drew on traditionally feminine making techniques and materials but was anchored within a contemporary art context and dialogue for an urban audience of the new millennium. This hip, witty, colourful, yet provocative practice explored issues including Post-Colonialism, gender, identity, the art-craft divide, and tourism’s commodification of Pacific culture, drawing directly from her experience as someone of Pasifika heritage living in an urban New Zealand setting. 

Ani O’Neill is a change maker. From our current vantage point which sees Pasifika artists prominent within the Auckland scene and female Pasifika artists producing some of the most interesting practice of the last decade, it seems odd to remember this wasn’t always the case. Ani O’Neill has been described by art historian Karen Stevenson as one of the core members of a group of artists of Pasifika descent who brought contemporary Pacific art to ‘national prominence and international acceptance’. But more importantly, it could be argued that O’Neill’s practice and way of working helped paved the way for many of the dynamic new/niu Pasifika artists we see today. 

Ani O’Neill’s practice spans installation, object making, and performance both as a solo practice and in collaboration. Bringing together some of the core elements of her work, as well as a major tivaevae work not seen since it was first exhibited, Classic Hits offers a sampler of O’Neill’s influential practice and an opportunity to rethink and review her role in the New Zealand art scene.

Ani O’Neill was born in Auckland in 1971 and is of Cook Island and Irish/NZ descent. She graduated with a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1994 (sculpture/installation) and has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and the Pacific Region, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, Brazil, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Lithuania. O’Neill is a member of the Pacific Sisters collective, and has held many prestigious residencies including the Rita Angus Artist in Residence, Wellington (1997), Artist in Residence APEXART, New York (2003),

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Layla Rudneva-Mckay | I Roll

15 February 2022 - 19 March 2022

Fiona Pardington | Tarota

16 November – 18 December 2021

Fiona Pardington | Tarota Preview

5 October – 7 October 2021

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17 August – 12 October 2021

Laith McGregor | Second Wind

3 July 2021 – 7 August 2021

Richard Maloy | Maternal Routine

3 June - 19 June 2021

The Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Will Cooke | Every Wall Is A Door

15 January 2021 - 13 February 2021

Whitney Bedford - Bohemia

Seung Yul Oh: Horizontal Loop

John Reynolds: RocksInTheSky...

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Fiona Pardington | Childish Things

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Rebecca Baumann Once More With Feeling

SIGNALS

The Armory Show 2010 | 1001 Nights
an installation by John Reynolds

Art LA Contemporary 2010

ShContemporary 2008 | Gavin Hipkins, Hye Rim Lee, Jae Hoon Lee and Grant Stevens

Jonny Niesche | Poikilos | 17 November - 22 December

GEMMA SMITH - Thin Air

SLIPPERY PAINTING

Performative Geographies

Sampler 2020

Gordon Walters: From the Archive

Richard Maloy

Rebecca Baumann: New Work

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window | 17 August to 12 October

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Art of Wine

Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti: Flagged

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TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland

AM/PM/AM

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Ani O'Neill

Laith McGregor | Second Wind | July 3 - August 7

Alicia Frankovich

Martin Basher: Untitled

The Estate of L.Budd_et al.

Gavin Hipkins: Block Units

John Stezaker: Collages

Grant Stevens - The Mountain and the Waterfalls

Gordon Walters

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John Reynolds 2017

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Billy Apple

Beyond Landscape

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Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

Matt Henry | Analogues

Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

Material Candour 2016

Fiona Pardington | 100% Unicorn

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: Running Towards Water

Martin Basher Birds of Paradise | 13 April - 14 May

Clinton Watkins | lowercase

Whitney Bedford 2016 | Lost and Found

Alicia Frankovich | The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations

Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator

Gavin Hipkins | Block Paintings

Gordon Walters: Gouaches and a Painting from the 1950s

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Starkwhite Queenstown | New Location

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John Reynolds BLUTOPIA

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Grant Stevens Hold Together, Fall Apart

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THE ANALYSIS OF BILLY APPLE®

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Li Xiaofei

John Reynolds Vagabondage

Clinton Watkins Frequency Colour

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Whitney Bedford: This for That

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Jim Speers Long Days

Ross Manning: Field Emmissions

Peter Peryer Edition

Jae Hoon Lee Antarctic Fever

Greetings from Los Angeles curated by Brian Butler

Seung Yul Oh HUGGONG