Lonnie Hutchinson who is of Ngai Tahu, Samoan and European decent is a multi media, visual, and installation artist who exhibit’s throughout Australasia, and in group shows internationally, most recently in Melbourne Australia, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Unnerved: The New Zealand Project 201. In January 2011 Lonnie’s work won the National Small Sculpture Award that ran concurrently with Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island.
Centered on women’s art practice, Lonnie’s work is as influenced by contemporary, advertising, hip hop, graffiti art and popular culture as it is by the juxtaposition of negative and positive elements which form the basis of Māori and Polynesian art forms and aesthetics.
In her installation and animation works Lonnie acknowledges the way our environmental, architectural, social and domestic spaces are defined and formalised, informing and defining our actions. In her Black Pearl animation a cut-out curtain creates a window or peep show aspect where the viewer becomes voyeur. Similarly her first animation Red, uses patterns moving at space invader speed as a metaphor for ‘early beginnings’ and the place of Papatuanuku as mother earth.
Public commissions include ‘Arc’, Hamilton Lake, to be lauched early 2013 ‘Honoa ki te Hono Tawhiti’ 12 permanant wall works for the Auckland Art Gallery, and Shangri La a series of virtual landscapes that are viewed through a digital binocula station, a permanant outdoor installation for the Chews Lane precinct in Wellington City.
Lonnie’s work can be found in The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the Hocken Library Dunedin, the Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, and in private collections throughout New Zealand and abroad.
Recent selected exhibitions include:
Home Akl, 2012 Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ.
In My Own Time, 2011 Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ. (solo)
Nui Warrior, 2011 Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia.
Paperwork, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, NZ.
roundabout, 2011 (touring) Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.