Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to EyeContact, a forum built to encourage art reviews and critical discussion about the visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m John Hurrell the editor - a New Zealand writer, artist and curator.
You are looking at the website version of what started as the art-forum blog eyeCONTACT. This new variation carries on with the aim of helping generate talk and writing about art - and encouraging the visiting of exhibitions. It also is designed to allow better reader access to our archives of reviews. It now has many more writers, is organised in a compact grid format instead of vertical scrolling, presents more effective methods of searching, has easier means of engaging in discussion about reviewed shows, and possibly most important of all, has some effective ways of presenting advertising - so it can generate revenue to pay its review writers and financially sustain itself as an independent critical force.
There is a lot of promotional writing in Aotearoa New Zealand to help sell art, but not much evaluation or banter over related issues - with participants willing to be identified. That area is admittedly a notoriously difficult undertaking, for reasons both philosophical and social, but it is ultimately at least worth attempting if the intellectual climate of this country’s art community is to become more sophisticated.
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Dip. Fine Art (Painting) 1974, Ilam; Bachelor of Arts (English, Religious Studies) 1975, Canterbury.
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