EDGE CITY. Art Studio, Gallery. Louise Rive. Chuck Joseph.
EASTER WEEKEND 2019: Open Saturday 10-2, Closed Good Friday.
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EDGE CITY 8 GARNET ROAD
EDGE CITY 8 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland, NZ. Art studio of Louise Rive and Chuck Joseph.
Christmas Window 2018
EDGE CITY at 8 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland.
Aliens at Edge City, shop window November 2018
Aliens at Edge City window
Edge City window October 2018
Dancing in the Park in ceramic and on paper by Louise Rive and Storm in Doubtless Bay 1769 with Captain Cook’s Endeavour and JFM de Surville’s St Jean Baptiste. Ceramic by Chuck Joseph.
Edge City interior 2018
EDGE CITY at 8 GARNET ROAD 2016
8 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland 1022.
Spring by Chuck Joseph
Spring is sprung, the grass is riz...
Window - 8 Garnet Road.
EDGE CITY Interior
Christmas shop window. Mother and Child by Louise Rive.
Window at 8 Garnet Road
Shop window Lucky Cats by Chuck Joseph
8 Garnet Road window with work by Chuck Joseph and Louise Rive
EDGE CITY December 2016
Chuck Joseph in the Portage 2008-2018
Looking back from 2018 to 2008, Chuck Joseph has been selected by 11 different international judges to exhibit 13 works in 11 years of the Portage Ceramic Awards at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi New Zealand.
2018: Gustavus Von Tempsky Life and Death.
“From historic paintings; a pair of table centrepieces in the English Staffordshire style. I am playing with convention to tell stories of NZ history. The flamboyant mercenary Von Tempsky fought in the New Zealand Land Wars and died in battle at Te Ngutu o Te Manu, Taranaki, in 1868. Fading cartoon soldiers fighting for the concept of Manifest Destiny.”
2017: DREAM MCMXLV
Presented in the form of a European porcelain table centrepiece, and to be viewed in the round, is the legend of “the Wild Hunt”, combined with the dream of a soldier at the end of WW2. The white stag and hare are chased by hounds, pursued and never caught.
2016: Paradise Lost John Milton Redux
This diorama references the naive paintings of Arthur Boyd and the softpaste figurative ceramic collections in the Auckland and Sydney Museums. My ‘Paradise Lost” illustrates Milton's message from the Angel Michael to Adam and Eve after their fall. Find "a paradise within thee, happier far", no longer reliant on a God, they must become self-sufficient humans.
2015: The Assassination of Mr Tui by the Coward white-backed Magpie”
This is in a series works using themes from Western Movies to express a conservation message about the threat to our native birds from introduced species. Here the strapline from the movie “The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Bob Ford”, which I am referencing here, states “…But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most”* Universal Pictures.
2015. The Black Reef Hoard
The Hoxne Hoard – a collection of Roman treasure dating from AD 409 – was unearthed in Suffolk England in 1992. I have emulated this ancient hoard to recreate an archaic context for my story, in ceramic and not silver. A panther, which escaped from our local zoo, and a scapegoat, are jewel boxes. Central to the group is an effigy, the King of the Birds. The stories are about Black Reef, an older and now disused name for my suburb of Westmere.
2014: THE WILD BUNCH: SOUVENIR BOTTLES
"Out of step, out of place, and their time was running out FAST"
Inspired by the Martin Brothers in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Four extinct or endangered species of bird native to New Zealand; Huia, Orange Wattle Kokako, Kahu and Kakapo as characters from the 1969 film "The Wild Bunch".
2013: Pioneer Pets
Kupe’s Dog, Joseph Banks’s Greyhound and Captain Cook’s Goat named Folly. All three were visitors to Aotearoa during the earliest days of human settlement and these clay figures celebrate historical events, they are silent and curious witness to extraordinary journeys and explorations.
Inspired by a wooden fetish dog seen in the Pacific Island collection in the Auckland Museum some years ago. I have been back since but could not find it again but the form and the toothy grin remained with me. It was to me an object with great symbolic power.
2011: TOY SOLDIERS (Von Tempsky and the Hau Hau 1869)
“Here I depict six soldiers from New Zealand history as a set of traditional Victorian toys. Two Rangers and their leader Von Tempsky are shown as a Magpie, a Rook and a Myna Bird, all birds introduced to New Zealand. Their adversaries are the Hau Hau, Maori guerrilla fighters fighting to regain their land and are shown as a Tui, Huia and a Kokako, all indigenous birds.”
Although toy soldiers are things of childhood, they always represented to me society’s acceptance of something that should be questioned or at least understood.
2011. The Wood.
Colour stains on naive shapes make a bright shiny wood.
2010: After the Goldrush
AFTER THE GOLDRUSH
When the circus left town, we had a parade,
the band played on and floats were made.
I looked sideways as they passed,
these bits and pieces they were the last.
We beat our chests
and cried out loud,
the Tui’s head looked dead not proud
2009: Where the Birds Came from.
2008: There's Gonna be a Showdown.
COLD PAINTED CERAMIC LOUISE RIVE
Cold painted ceramic. Louise Rive.
Mother and Child. Louise Rive
Sculpted clay, fired and painted with enamel. 12 cm diameter.
The Space Between- Not Looking Not Listening.
My interest is in the space between who someone is and who they think they are, an ongoing conversation with self. This work explores the space between the projected self and the internal self, and is made in two parts to emphasize a separateness. There is a conflicting duality, an expression of an unwillingness to connect in the two versions of self in this work.
The Space Between - it's complicated.
The space between who someone is and who they think they are - an ongoing conversation with self. This work has an individual contemplating a close relationship with a lover, a relationship that requires trust in other than self.
Contained. Louise Rive
Carved clay, fired and oil painted
Koru Louise Rive
Sculpted terracotta, fired and with cold enamel,
Homage to Degas. Louise Rive
Sculpted in clay, Glazed and then painted in cold enamel. 12x12x8cm.
Self Contained by Louise Rive
Terracotta sculpted fired and painted with matt enamel. 50x40x18cm.
Blood ties by Louise Rive
Carved clay, fired to stoneware temperature, part glaze painted and part matt enamel over bare clay. 28x26x1.5cm.
Black Cat. Louise Rive.
Sculpted clay, fired and painted with enamel.
Flowers for the Manukau by Chuck Joseph
”Flowers for the Manukau Harbour”. In the tradition of immortalising people and place in a ceramic form I have based my work on a C19th Nileware jug in blue to hold a tribute of flowers for those lost at sea on the Manukau Harbour. I have repurposed a traditional jug form and added raised sprigs. In this beautiful landscape there is danger. The fishing boat that replaces the Egyptian Dhow of the original jug is the vessel named the “Thistle” which was lost crossing the Manukau Bar in 1953. CJ.
LUNA PARK: The Lost World. Chuck Joseph
LUNA PARK: The Lost World. Luna Park is a name that is shared by currently operating and defunct amusement parks. A Luna Park once existed on the Waterfront of Auckland City in the 1930's before moving to Australia. A set of ceramic toys representing a fantasy world now gone from NZ. CJ.
Chuck Joseph Storm Doubtless Bay
Doubtless Bay 1769: Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour and Jean Francois Marie de Surville’s ship St Jean Baptiste.
Tupaia's Cave 1769
Opoutama, Cook’s Cove, Tupaia’s cave and the ship the Endeavour with the hole in the rock through to Uawa, Tolaga Bay, and which Joseph Banks called an “extraordinary natural curiosity …far superior to any contrivances of art” Te Kotore o te Whenua.
Ceramic Wreath by Chuck Joseph
A ceramic poem. Every element tells a story, each part is a verse.
Enjoying the tradition of painting landscape in glaze on ceramic.
My Blue Auckland by Louise Rive
Punk Rococo. Louise Rive
Punk Rococo Vessels: Stewart Island/Rakiura, The Hole in the Wall at Uawa/Tolaga Bay, and Cape Reinga. Three places that are close to my heart. LR.
Taranaki. Bowl by Chuck Joseph, glaze painted by Louise Rive.
Mountain Tea Bowl. Chuck Joseph
Looking to Cook's Cove.
One panel of a three panel bowl. Painted from the viewpoint of the crest of the hill looking down to where Captain Cook anchored his ship the Endeavour in 1769.
Western Springs in Red. Louise Rive.
2 Sisters in Western Springs. Hand made and glaze painted ceramic. Louise Rive.
Pah Bowl Chuck Joseph
Wai Orea Western Springs 3. Louise Rive
Wai Orea, Western Springs bowl. Louise Rive.
Wai Orea, Western Springs. Louise Rive.
Tile, hand made and glaze painted.
PORTAGE CERAMIC AWARDS 2014
Louise Rive's Premier Award winning work "The Space Between" and two other works "Three Women, Vessels" handmade vessel forms and "Art Diary" which comprises three intensely glaze painted jugs were exhibited at Te Uru, as was Chuck Joseph's "The Wild Bunch", Souvenir Bottles, four native birds, the Huia, Orange Wattle Kokako, Kahu and Kakapo are characters from the 1969 film of the same name "Out of step, out of place, and their time was running out fast".
The Space Between by Louise Rive
The space between, as photographer Diane Arbus described, who someone is and who they think they are. It is an ongoing conversation with self.
Sculpted paperclay, gesso and cold paint. 36 x 37 x 18 cm.
3 works by Louise Rive in the Portage Ceramic Awards 2014.
Central is the Premier Award winning "The Space Between", flanked by two other works by Louise Rive, "Three Women" and "Art Diary" in the Portage Ceramic Awards 2014 Exhibition.
Three Women. Vessels. Louise Rive
White earthenware clay with stains painted into glaze and fired to cone 4.
30 x 28 x 20 cm
Three Women. Vessels. Louise Rive
Art Diary by Louise Rive
Beauty seen is not forgotten.
Stains painted into glaze, fired to cone 4. 23 x 40 x 20 cm
Art Diary by Louise Rive
Art Diary by Louise Rive
The Wild Bunch by Chuck Joseph
The Wild Bunch Souvenir Bottles.
"Out of step, out of place, and their time was running out FAST" Huia, Orange Wattle Kokako, Kahu and Kakapo as characters from the 1969 film The Wild Bunch
Paperclay, cone 4 glaze and stains. 40 x 50 x 10 cm.
GUNSLINGERS CHUCK JOSEPH
Chuck Joseph's Bird Gunslingers first appeared as incidental players in his multi-paneled painting "The Adventures of Little Bull and Dog". The gunslinger birds speak to the eternal need to be vigilant to protect what can so easily be lost. In the ceramic group of gunslinger birds and cats "There's gonna be a showdown" and in "The Magnificent Seven" based on the 1960's movie of the same name, the birds are either endangered or extinct. The gunslingers are "tooling up" to fight the good fight. A recent work "The Assassination of Mr Tui by the coward white-backed Magpie" refers to the strapline from the movie "The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Bob Ford" * which states "But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most" *Universal Pictures.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
The Interviewer asked the Ex-inmate what life was like on the inside: “Ah, you know like the rest of the world, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly.”
This reference to the classic Sergio Leone movie inspired me to make another work in my series using Western Movies to explore themes of conservation, cultural appropriation and the human condition.
Chuck Joseph 2016
The Assassination of Mr Tui by the coward white-backed Magpie
The Bellbird Brothers
The Magnificent Seven Chuck Joseph
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – Tui, Huia, Kokako, Kereru, Piwakawaka, Karuhiruhi, Kotare. Here they stand - the last line of defence.
This group of seven gunslinger birds uses the last ditch defence of a small village in the sixties movie “The Magnificent Seven” starring Yul Brynner, to emphasise their plight. The figures are constructed of thrown paper clay bodies with additions, and are lidded containers in the manner of the Martin Brothers “Wally Birds”, acknowledging their tobacco bird jar forms. These are modern day treasure containers to store keepsakes, feathers, and souvenirs of the disappearing fauna. Many small details add to their stories; cards, flowers patterns and bones etc. Does the Tui led group win their battle? Only we can truly decide this...but note that two of the group are already extinct.
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch, Four souvenir bottles by Chuck Joseph. "Out of step, out of place, and their time was running out fast"
Kokako Gunslinger by Chuck Joseph
Singing Kokako with guns and guitar by Chuck Joseph.
Chuck Joseph There's Gonna Be A Showdown
Cats and Birds - Gunslingers all.
Chuck Joseph. Ruru Gunslinger.
The Ruru is the native owl of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Chuck Joseph glaze painting.
Glaze painting the Tui - a warrior from his work "TOY SOLDIERS: Von Tempsky and The Hau Hau."
Kowhai bowl Chuck Joseph
Blue Fern Bowl. Chuck Joseph.
Faces tea bowls.
Made by Chuck Joseph and glaze painted by Louise Rive, approx 11cm h. 11cm d.
Bowl made by Chuck Joseph and glaze painted by Louise Rive
Mikoikoi painted bowl, made by Chuck Joseph and glaze painted by Louise Rive
Landscape tea bowl by Chuck Joseph
Wheel thrown and glaze painted bowl. 10cm h x 11.5cm d.
Huia tea bowl by Chuck Joseph
Bowl made by Chuck Joseph and glaze painted by Louise Rive.
Images from the clay workshop that is shared by Louise Rive and Chuck Joseph
In the workshop in Mangere Bridge
Chuck Joseph glaze painting "Flowers for the Manukau"
Winter in the workshop, Louise Rive.
Workshop making by Chuck Joseph
Ned Kelly in the workshop - by Chuck Joseph.
PRETTY ALIEN Blood and Memory. Louise Rive
PRETTY ALIEN Blood and Memory
PRETTY ALIEN: BLOOD AND MEMORY FROM A REUNION. Stories may be lost in the distance of time, accuracy can fall by the wayside, but ghosts remain. Memories hidden, confused, buried, resurrected, and only sometimes reclaimed. With the space between what was and what is in mind, this work was triggered by attending an art school reunion in 2015.
This piece is a riff on the words of novelist L P Hartley “the past is a foreign country”.
Coil construction and reconstruction, kiln fired, cold paint. 37cm x 30cm 130cm