Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, February 16, 2018
New work by Frances Hodgkins Fellow on display in latest Hocken exhibition
Campbell Patterson has drawn on the detritus of his
surroundings for his latest exhibition, opening at the Hocken Collections, Uare
Taoka o Hākena this week.
toot floor, which includes painting, film, and works
on paper, was created during his time as the 2017 University of Otago Frances
Engaging in conscious acts of repetition to document the
banality and absurdity of everyday life, Patterson makes the ordinary seem
abstract in the 15 pieces he has spent the past year creating.
Inspired by “night-time, isolation and boredom’’, he
translates common materials, or habits, into formalist exercises that meditate
on the tedious as an aesthetic device.
He describes his time as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow as
“I am extremely grateful and I think I will really miss
being in Dunedin,’’ he says.
Patterson has a diverse creative practice spanning painting,
sculpture, printmaking, text, video and installation.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School
of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland in 2006, and was awarded the Artist in
Residence at McCahon House in 2015.
‘Campbell Patterson toot floor’ will be showing
at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, from 17
February – 14 April 2018. The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am
About the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship
The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the
University of Otago Council in 1962, largely through the efforts of Dunedin
It was intended to “encourage artists in the practice and
advancement of their art” by providing them with a studio and a year’s stipend,
to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the
same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an
interest in the Arts within the University.
It was named after Dunedin-born Frances Hodgkins, one of New
Zealand's most distinguished painters.
About Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena
Established in 1910, the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o
Hākena celebrates the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa
New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New
The Hocken's Pictures Collection holds more than 17,000
artworks relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, dating from 18th century
voyagers through to contemporary artists.
A video interview with Andrea Bell, Hocken Curator of
Art, is available via: