I love this portrait of Tongan graffiti artist Benjamin Work by Manurewa-based brotographer Raymond Sagapolutele, whose first solo exhibition, HONEST?!? opens at Fresh Gallery Otara next Thursday1 October from 6pm.

2-24 October 2009
Fresh Gallery Otara, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand

This exhibition is part of the Manukau Festival of Arts programme.

And this is a mean blog.

black-centricity and blog hopping

DJ Dimples // Queen of the Turntables // Miami

I got a pile of withdrawn magazines from the Otara Library, amongst them were Hype Hair and Black Beat. Its refreshing to read black-centric perspectives, even if they are on hair straightening, Lil Mama and what you should wear to the prom. From Black Beat‘s section of emerging rap artists, I started a new relationship with MySpace and found DJ Dimples, who I love.

Somehow I found myself on this blog, Fly profiling a Fly Girl of the Week, where I found Sheena Says… remarks from a perpetual wanderer… which reminded me of the local fly girl Coco Solid, Philoso-Flygirl who profiles Babes, a recent babe being her awesome sister Kyla, who started a blog for her Room 8 class at Tamaki Primary School

Parallel Dance Ensemble’s single “Weight Watchers” feat. Coco Solid and Bobbi Soxx. Ism Records.

Then felt inspired to contribute to the Flickr group, What I Wore Today (Drawings Only!)

Recent work by Dean Purcell

Filemu (2008) by Mangere-based visual artist, Dean Purcell / FINER
Acrylic aerosol paint on woven pandanus, mounted on board
1100 x 1000mm

Neopolyton (2009) by Dean Purcell // Work in Progress
Acrylic aerosol paint, desiccated coconut, canvas
508 x 508mm

These works feature in South / Central curated by Ema Tavola at Fresh Gallery Otara, 4-26 September 2009.

New work by Samiu Napa’a

These three paintings are to feature in the upcoming exhibition, South/Central opening at Fresh Gallery Otara this Thursday 3 September from 6pm. The exhibition runs until Saturday 26 September.

Suffering a broken thumb injury on his dominant arm, Otara-based Tongan painter, Samiu Napa’a has painted these works entirely with his left hand. His signature style of painting on found surfaces is realised in the use of three uniform pieces of 3mm MDF salvaged from a set of drawers.  The paintings are ‘framed’ in a style Napa’a developed for his 2007 body of work for the joint exhibition, Maka Tu’u Taha at Fresh Gallery Otara. Works are for sale.

The other artists in the exhibition are: Bobby Macdonald, Dean Purcell, Sean Purcell and Siliga David Setoga. An exhibition floortalk will take place from 12pm on Saturday 12 September.