Sarah Smuts-Kennedy’s practice is focused on a research-based investigation into fields of energy as they engage with conceptual thinking both within an art-based language and other intuition-driven modes of enquiry. Sarah’s biodynamic garden, 45 minutes north of Auckland, functions as a central axis for her research.
Energy in Quiescence
Point to Periphery
Principle of Hope
Pretty, as a Picture
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Federation Square
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's Beautiful Geometries, After Gabriel, 2017, will be screened at Federation Square from 21 to 27 November 2019.
Inspired by the happiness and innocence depicted in American abstract painter Agnes Martin's film Gabriel, 1976, Smuts-Kennedy's film explores the connections between the language of geometric abstraction, the inspirations Martin so readily talked about, and the world as we encounter it.
The film was shot during her residency at the McCahon House in New Zealand, where she performed a healing for the Kauri trees using the November light, referred to by Colin McCahon as 'a miracle'.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Aotea Centre
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's Hill End, 2009, will be projected onto the Aotea Centre in Auckland nightly from sunset until 11pm throughout November 2019.
The stop animation was shot by the artist on road trips around the NSW coal coast, historical mining towns and old growth forests in Australia, and explores ideas of obsolescence and extinction.
Smuts-Kennedy's next solo exhibition at the gallery will open this month. To request a preview, please contact the gallery.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Te Uru
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's solo exhibition, Light Language, opens at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Auckland on 2 September 2017.
The exhibition includes works created during her McCahon House residency in 2016. Works from Light Language will be shown at both Te Uru and the McCahon House Museum.
For further details, please click click here.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's For the Love of Bees
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy has developed For the Love of Bees, a living social sculpture and collaboration that imagines Auckland as the safest city in the world for bees.
As part of the project, colonies of 5000 bees will be introduced to Victoria and Myers Parks for about two years. Working in collaboration with Auckland Council Parks and Activate Auckland, For the Love of Bees creates an ecosystem that supports thriving bee colonies by introducing hives and focusing on the quality and quantity of flowers throughout the city.
For further details about the project and related workshops and events, please click here.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Artspace
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's exhibition Frequency of the Earth opens at Artspace in Auckland next Thursday 18 May. Interested in experiential relationships with materiality, Smuts-Kennedy's research is focused on fields of energy as they engage with conceptual thinking within art-based languages. Pictured is her installation Harmonies, 2016 (detail).
The exhibition runs until 1 July 2017. For further details, please click here.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Rm Gallery
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's Events within Boundaries is a site- and calendar-specific installation that materialised during a week-long informal studio residency that Smuts-Kennedy undertook at Rm during Matariki 2015.
It continues her enquiry into the potential for geometric form to function as site-specific tools for investigating the qualities of space. Smuts-Kennedy’s practice is focused on a research-based investigation into fields of energy as they engage with conceptual thinking, both within an art based language and other intuition-driven modes of enquiry.
Events within Boundaries opens on 8 June and runs until 25 June 2016 at Rm Gallery, Auckland.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Malcolm Smith Gallery
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy has been included in the upcoming group exhibition Soft Architecture, curated by Balmohan Shingade. The exhibition will include works from her Field Work series, including a new interation based on a site-specific reading of Malcolm Smith Gallery, as well as Celestial Poles, a new work from her series Problem Event.
Soft Architecture runs from 13 June until 16 July 2016 at Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland. For further details, please click here.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy in 'Counter Compositions' at Artbank
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's work Ten Parts Whole #3, 2014 is included in the current exhibition at Artbank, Counter Compositions. The exhibition is open from 21 January until 16 April 2016.
For further information about the exhibition, please click here.
Sarah's next exhibition at the gallery will be held in March 2016. Please contact the gallery for further information or to preview new works.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy selected for McCahon House Residency
Congratualtions to Sarah Smuts-Kennedy who will be taking up a McCahon House Artists’ Residency in September 2016.
Parehuia, the purpose-built McCahon House Contemporary Artists' Residency and Studio, is located adjacent to Colin McCahon's former home and is amongst the most prestigious artists’ residencies in New Zealand. Three mid-career artists are selected and supported each year to research and develop new work in the house.
Smuts-Kennedy's next solo exhibition at Sophie Gannon Gallery will be held in July 2016.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy in Art News New Zealand
Recent work by gallery artist Sarah Smuts-Kennedy is featured in Sue Gardiner's article 'Art in the age of an ecological emergency' in the Autumn edition of Art News New Zealand.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy makes The Park
The Park is an intruiging artwork anchored by six beehives in Victoria Park. It has been initiated, designed and planted by Auckland based artists Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa and is activated through public participation in the form of building, identifying or plotting 'Pollen Hotels' on an interactive map. These Pollen Hotels are needed to help sustain the bees over the Winter.
This project has been created as part of Pop Projects. For further information please go to pop.org.nz
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy in Art Collector
Read a profile of Sarah Smuts-Kennedy's practice in the current issue of Art Collector.
To view available works by Sarah, please click here.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery
Work by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy has been included in BLACK: the coal case at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Todd Fuller and Virginia Mitchell and runs from 11 August until 18 September 2011.
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy at Lismore Regional Gallery
Artworks by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy have been included in The New Arcadia at Lismore Regional Gallery. The exhibition brings together artists responding to notions of arcadian landscape. It throws light on an idealised depiction of the landscape, but with visual disruption, as the artists locate where arcadia is now.
The exhibition runs until 3 September. For further information, click here.