John Hurrell

Flying Haptics, 2015

Cable ties, peg baskets, washers, rawl plugs, plastic curtain rings, soap dishes, hair curlers, label ties, beads, computer plug caps

Art writing and art making are a natural combination for Hurrell who used to write criticism for The Press in Christchurch in the mid-eighties. As a result of that and conversations he had with Billy Apple around that time, he became interested in the parallels (and differences) between review writing and art making as methods of dispersing opinion, the similarities (and contrasts) between so-called ‘rational’ preplanning that might be applied to justify argument, and spontaneous ‘illogicality’ that might be applied to mark making or linear ‘drawing’ elements suspended in space.

John Hurrell

John Hurrell is a New Zealand art writer and artist who lives in Auckland.

He is the editor of an online art debate forum called EyeContact. He studied painting at the University of Canterbury and has been the Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth and the Waikato Museum of Art and History Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. In more recent years Hurrell has begun making sculpture. These he has exhibited at City Art Rooms, Snake Pit’s window vitrines and at Antoinette Godkin (with Paul Hartigan), Hartrell de Hurrigan, 2012. In 2014 he also participated in burster flipper wobbler dripper spinner stacker shaker maker in Christchurch Art Gallery’s Artbox.

Represented by Antoinette Godkin