New Artland (series 2) starts screening from Saturday 29th August on TVNZ 7 (Sky channel 97). This is the crazily ambitious art series that Chris was filming for the first half of this year, in which he travels NZ meeting a bunch of artists and watching/commentating/getting his jandals mucky as they make works of art with Kiwi communities.
When Chris had the stroke we only had a few days of filming left, but we still had almost all of the voice-overs to go. Bugger. However, Chris being so brilliantly eloquent throughout the filming meant we had plenty of recorded material to get the series finished. (A sample CK interview question would find him discussing an artist’s shift from “monolithic solidity to ephemeral play…”)
Without voice-over, the episodes have a slightly surreal quality that kinda suits the art. It was odd editing the series without Chris popping in every few days, but he’s seen a few of the shows now and we’re feeling good about it.
Season two’s artists are Dick Frizzell, Grahame Sydney, Virginia King, Niki Hastings-McFall, Karl Maughan, Wayne Youle, Reuben Paterson, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Seung Yul Oh, Tracey Tawhiao, Regan Gentry, Alex Monteith and Steve Carr. The artworks involve farmers, flying squads, orchestras, graffiti artists, schoolkids, tattooists, knitters, BMX riders, snowballs and Westies. Near the end of filming when I interviewed Chris for the press kit, he said: “This is unique television. Watch it to get over any fear of art you may have.”
We’re kicking the series off with a launch party and art auction on Thursday 27th August in Auckland in collaboration with TVNZ 7 & Media 7. Most of our series 1 & 2 artists are contributing pieces and proceeds raised will go to the Stroke Foundation, tagged specifically for art therapy. We’ve got a tight invite list but if anyone here is keen to spend up large on some art on the 27th, email me and we’ll try to fit you in! email@example.com.
All the best
PS Those overseas can try tvnzondemand.co.nz but we’re not sure if it works overseas.
Broadcast dates for each episode…
Wayne Youle – Where You Stay?
Dick Frizzell – Teaching a Fencepost to Paint
Niki Hastings-McFall – Polynisation
Karl Maughan – Old School
Jacquelyn Greenbank – Nina and the Nitwits
Seung Yul Oh – The Ability to Blow Themselves Up
Tracey Tawhiao – Tagging with Light
Regan Gentry – Paper Trail
Steve Carr – Snowballs
Virginia King – Pacific Stars
Grahame Sydney – Into The Nevis
Reuben Paterson – There Goes The Moon
Alex Monteith – Red Checkers