Thursday, 14 June 2018

"Print Matters - Works on Paper"- a selected exhibition

by Toni Hartill

 Friday sees the opening of this much anticipated PCANZ exhibition:

opens Friday 15 June, 2018  at 5.30pm
ArtPost Galleries, Hamilton, NZ.
Open June 15th - July 16th.

Selected by Mark Graver.

With my main focus this year being to work towards the "Forest has the Blues" print installation, which opens in less than a month's time, I have been working in series on a number of works on the theme of the disappearance of the Kahikatea forests in New Zealand. You can read more about the background of this theme in a previous blog post here

"Forgotten Roots" (detail) Linocut by Toni Hartill

When I work on an idea or theme I prefer to work in series, ie. on a number of works, either simultaneously or consecutively, to allow my ideas to develop more fully, to push my skills  to new levels and to go in directions I hadn't foreseen at the start. 

Rather than coming up with a completely new theme for Works on Paper, I tried to "let go" and produce a couple works that were more loose in their creation, breaking away from the colour palette of the previous works and being more spontaneous and loose. 

Multi-layered construction of linoprint works by Toni Hartill

I had been experimenting with an unusual format for my series, playing with a multi-layered approach, almost book-like in its construction (a whole new head-ache in itself. I'll write more about this in another blog.) 

Detail showing translucent paper overlay by Toni Hartill

For the sake of speed with a fast-approaching deadline, and to avoid hanging complications, I decided to keep the construction of these 2 works simpler but I still added in the use of tracing paper which, well, I'm totally not sure if that's a wise material choice but, I like the translucent quality and wanted to continue with the ghost-like layering so... hopefully it'll stand up to the humidity changes in the gallery... time will tell... gulp!)

(If anyone has suggestions for an alternate 
or more archival translucent paper I'd love to hear from you!)

Lino blocks by Toni Hartill

Lino prints - experimentation by Toni Hartill

Linocut by Toni Hartill

Etched lino by Toni Hartill

Etched lino by Toni Hartill

So, with a growing collection of lino blocks, including etched lino patterns and textures, I set to slinging the ink around and cranking the works through the press multiple times - I lost count how many times actually. Works like this are fun to produce as I work quickly and spontaneously, although tinged with a smattering of stress as to whether or not I'm going to mess it up at any moment!

Detail by Toni Hartill

Detail by Toni Hartill

Detail by Toni Hartill

I was very happy and honoured to hear my works were selected for this show and am looking forward to attending the talks and catching up with the other artists this weekend.

"Where Once a forest - Waipu and Waikato"
Linocut and monoprint by Toni Hartill

"Where Once a Forest"

"These works have been created as part of a series of works 
focusing on the disappearance of New Zealand’s Kahikatea forests, 
particularly in the Waikato and Waipu regions. 
It is reported that New Zealand has lost up to 98% of the original Kahikatea forests 
nationally and what remains is unlikely to ever recover 
due to its location on fertile farming land."

Exhibiting artists include:

Elle Anderson, Jacqueline Aust, Hilary K Batt-Ramage, Kathy Boyle,
Marion Bright, Ingrid Buedenbender, Wayne Churcher, Deborah Crowe, Sally-Ann Davies, Maggie Dawson, Julia Ellery, Jo Giddens, Esther Hansen, Diane Harries, Toni Hartill, Susanne Khouri, Catherine McDonald, Prue MacDougall, Emma McLellan, Stephanie Mclellan, Susan Marshall, Janice Meadows, Rosemary Mortimer, Antonia O’Mahony, Shin-Young Shin-young Park, Trevor Parker, Terri Reddish, Sue Roots, Carole Shepheard, Basia Smolnicki, Michaela Stoneman, Marci Tackett, Rosalie Thompson, Robyn Tillman, Celia Walker, Jill Webster, Christine Anne Wylie.

 Floor talks Saturday 16th June: 

11am - 12 noon at ArtsPost Galleries by "Print Matters" selector Mark Graver.

2pm at Waikato Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato (next door) exhibition selector Carole Shepheard will give a talk about 'Boundless: Printmaking (further) beyond the frame.'

"Where Once a Forest" and "There Be Treasure" marquette 
Lino cut prints by Toni Hartill

 Endnote: I thought I was stepping away from my usual colour palette after working on previous works in this series, which are all more earthy in tone with some veering towards mauves and greys. Feeling quite chuffed with myself for supposedly breaking the mould, I took my works upstairs to package them. The first thing I noticed on seeing my marquette hanging on my pinboard- they almost perfectly matched the colours of my 3D rockpool "There be Treasure" which is hanging in the "Boundless" exhibition at the Waikato Museum gallery next door to ArtPost! 

I DO hate to be 
predictable and 

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

"Kaitiaki" - an exhibition celebrating kaitiakitanga and the return of Kiwi to Pukenui Forest.

Created for “Kaitiaki” –Pukenui Forest Kiwi Release Exhibition 
Limited edition Linocut, Variable Edition of 5
by Toni Hartill

 I was honoured to be invited to take part in this very special exhibition to be held in Whangarei, my home away from home,  where I have family roots dating back generations. Participating was an easy choice as I am particularly drawn to projects of an ecological nature and which allow me to research and explore history, culture, time and place. And, this exhibition aims to draw attention to an extremely important project, 10 years in the making: The Pukenui Forest Kiwi Release. (Scroll down for links.)

"Artists celebrate kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and the recent Kiwi Release event at Pukenui Forest. These artists are considering the importance of our native bush, flora, fauna, and it’s inhabitants and the guardianship role we all need to adopt to help these spaces thrive. Their work responds to the beauty of our natural environment, and highlights the need to protect these places in any way we can. Working across multiple disciplines, the artists have all approached the topic from their own unique perspective, in their choice of material and method.

Contributing artists include… Celia Walker, Toni Hartill, Gabrielle Belz, Alexis Neal, Lisa Clunie, Megan Bowers Vette, Prue McDougall, Christine Cook, Miriam von Mulert, Mariette van Zuydam, Andrea Beazley, and more.

Open: 1-19th June
Preview: Thursday 31st May 5:30 – 7:30pm 
Yvonne Rust Gallery, at The Quarry Arts Centre, Selwyn Ave, Whangarei.

In conjunction with the Western Hills Pukenui Collective. Pukenui Forest Trust, The Whangarei Quarry Gardens, The Quarry Arts Centre, Te Kowhai Print Trust and Kiwi North. Proudly sponsored by Whangarei District Creative Communities Scheme."

For more information visit:
 Facebook events page: "Kaitiaki Exhibition Opening."
Facebook page: Te Kowhai Print Trust 

 My ode to the Kohekohe tree

  I decided on a botanical approach, wanting to further hone my illustrative skills with lino cutting, but also with the intention of experimenting with multiple layers of colour and texture. A fair amount of experimenting and testing was done to trial different techniques and effects until I achieved a result vaguely in line with what was in my mind's eye. Each print went through the press five times, then the flowers were hand tinted and the seed pods hand coloured with gouache to make them POP. I don't usually include text in my images but it seemed appropriate in this print. I found I really enjoyed the effect of carving hand written text, which, when printed, embosses the paper with an effect a lot like letterpress. Something to play with further I think!

Created for “Kaitiaki” –Pukenui Forest Kiwi Release Exhibition 
Limited edition Linocut, Variable Edition of 5
Toni Hartill

“The Kohekohe tree was once plentiful in the North, forming dense lush forests, but their numbers have greatly reduced due to settlement of the land and introduced pests such as possums. 

The nectar-filled flowers are a particular delicacy for the possums in winter 
when there is not much other food available. The recent and concerted eradication of possums has meant that the forest is returning to health and, for the first time in a long while, the trees are flowering and are now setting seed. 

Inspiration came from the tree’s quiet beauty and a desire to celebrate this milestone by drawing attention to it. Old seed packets and historic wallpaper designs were also a source of inspiration in considering the effects of colonialism and settlement of the land.”

Time lapse of Kohekohe flower lino cutting by Toni Hartill.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

"Forest has the Blues" Moth Plant- work in progress.

This year I have teamed up with good friend and artist Celia Walker to bring to life her idea of a large scale print installation focused on the plight of our native forest remnants. Together with Celia and 5 other Auckland-based print artists, and including works by a selection of students from Pukekohe High School, we are working collaboratively towards installing a "forest remnant" upon the walls of the gallery at Depot Artspace in Devonport.This is new territory for us as we "brave up" to work bigger and bolder and collaboratively in a multi-faceted show. 

Wish us luck, follow our progress 
and come support us at the opening and other arranged events! 

I will endeavour to blog about our progress as we build towards 
the opening event on July 14th. 

Scroll down to see the development of my moth plant linocut.

This is the outline of our event as listed on facebook:

""Forest has the Blues" is an ecological project that focuses on the fragility and significance of our native forest remnants. The threats these remnants face are many, from the constant incursions of development and land-use change pushing their boundaries ever inwards, the proliferation of invasive weeds along their margins that can smother regrowth and limit regeneration, and the devastating effects of plant pathogens.

The project incorporates a large-scale print installation of native species and invasive weeds, as well as 200 native plants that will be given away to the local community during the course of the exhibition.

An exhibition around the theme of pocket forests will accompany the installation. Participating artists include Celia Walker, Toni Hartill, Elle Anderson, Kheang Ov, Nicola Ov, Ina Arraoui and Esther Hansen, and selected students from Pukekohe High School.

Many thanks to Creative Communities" for funding support!"

Araujia hortorum, moth plant

Other common names: kapok vine, cruel plant


Linocut Progression
by Toni Hartill 



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