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Victoria Edwards, Kelcy Taratoa and Ina Johann

Merit Award recipient and Finalist in 2018 Parkin Drawing Prize

Edwards + Johann are selected finalists in the 2018 Parkin Drawing Prize. They received a Merit Award from Judge Kelcy Taratoa for their work Concretions - Drawing strength #2. Winning works were announced on the 16th of July at The Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington.

Pilot Volcanic Artist Residency

We opened our touring exhibition From the Edge of Spaces at Whakatane Library and Exhibition centre. The new director Eric Holowacz invited us to become the Pilot Volcanic Artits in Residence in Whakatane visiting Whakaari White Island. This has been an amazing, utterly magical and game changing experience for us. see Edwards+Johann project page

Detail: Parallel Lines - A State of Being in Disguise of an Island

Finalist in Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Ina Johann is a selected finalist for the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. The two unique works from the series Parallel Lines will be exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington. An advisory panel, consisting of Dr. Warren Feeney, John Gow, Simon Rees and Kelcy Taratoa decided on the short-list for exhibition out of over 500 entries. The winning submission will be selected and announced by this year's judge Seraphine Pick at the opening of the Parkin Prize Exhibition on the 1. August.

The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition runs until 27 August 2017 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Wharf, Wellington.

An Embezzlement of Sort, Series 2, #8

EDWARDS+JOHANN: Events Growing from the Edge of Spaces

The exhibition EVENTS GROWING from the EDGE of SPACES presents recent works at The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.

The series On the Seam of Things - Constellations and Constellations - drawing strength record the gradual process of drawing, part of the work's becoming; a probing and mapping of new territory. Drawing acts like an obsessive caress on the photographic surface, finding form and meaning as motif for the tensions and dichotomies inherent in life. This territory reflects a basic human condition...to connect, work, play and test the space we inhabit to deal with crises and to grow. The seam is a point of connection but also a space of friction, tension and inevitable fragility. The series An Embezzlement of Sort is a dark, yet playful space of human propositions to 'unknown' events.

Detail: Parallel lines - A State of being in disguise of a cloud

Finalist in National Contemporary Art Award 2017

The work Parallel Lines - A state of being in disguise of a cloud is selected finalist for the National Contemporary Art Award. The judge Elisabeth Caldwell selected 51 artworks for exhibition. Announcement of winner and exhibition opening will be on the 28th of July at Waikato Museum, Hamilton.

On the Seam of Things - Constellations #8

Highly Commended MMCA 2017

EDWARDS + JOHANN news:

Judge Felicity Milburn awarded the work On the seam of things - Constellations #8 one of four Highly Commended Awards in the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award. Selected from 430 entries and 80 finalists the work will be on display at the Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.

Judges comment:

"An elegant essay in the art of juxtaposition, this work combines photography and drawing to compelling effect. Vast natural forces, threatening to collide, loom beside a figure-like form that has been assembled from an inexplicable convergence of materials. Rods of colour connect the two compositional fields, imbuing the work with a sense of mysterious and unstable energy."

See MMCA website for all Award Results

Parallel lines - Mapping another life #2

Finalist in Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2017

The work Parallel Lines - Mapping another life #2 has beeen selected finalist by judge Felicity Milburn in the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award.

Selected from 430 entries and 80 finalists the work will be on display at the Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.

See MMCA website for all Award Results

Parallel lines - Mapping another life #1

Merit Award recipient and Finalist in Parkin Drawing Prize

Finalist for the 2016 Parkin Drawing Prize.

An advisory panel, consisting of Dick Frizzell, Arts commentator, historian and writer Warren Feeney, New Zealand artist Judy Darragh and painter Kelcy Taratoa spent hours assessing hundreds of entries before deciding on the short-list.for exhibition out of the 429 entries.

The work Parallel Lines - Mapping another life also received one of the ten Merit Awards.

The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition runs until 28 August 2016 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Queens Wharf, Wellington.

Supreme Winner New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016

Edwards+Johann news:

Judge Zara Stanhope selected the work On the seam of things - Constellations #5 to be the supreme winner of the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016. Selected from 41 finalists the work will be on display during the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

"Everyone artist deserves an award. However, the winner of the Waikato Painting and Print Award are Edwards + Johann for their intriguing figure set in a diptych or two part image that uses photography and drawing. The strange personae seems to be an assemblage of everyday objects, including rubber gloves and a vacuum cleaner giving us a hint of gender in an otherwise ambiguous veiled torso. This sense of intrigue is accentuated by the abstract motifs and strange floating geological forms with their delicately inscribed lines. Overall, On the Seam of Things - Constellation #5 evokes the artist curiosity in the tension of bringing matter together, the real and abstract, artificial and natural, mind and body."

Zara Stanhope, judge, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016

Edwards+Johann News

Finalists Wallace Art Awards 2015

Finalists Parkin Drawing Award 2015

Finalists National Contemporary Art Award 2015

Residency and exhibition at Altes Spital Solothurn/Switzerland

Home-Less, #1

Finalist in Parkin Drawing Prize 2015

Ina johann is selected finalist for the 2015 Parkin Drawing Prize. An advisory panel, consisting of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce, Associate Professor, Arts commentator, historian and writer Dr. Warren Feeney, poet, painter, curator and editor,Gregory O'Brien and New Zealand artist Judy Darragh selected the finalists for exhibition out of nearly 500 entries.

The winning submission will be selected and announced by artist Dick Frizzell at a gala event at the Academy Galleries/ Wellington on Monday 7th of September.

Finalist in National Contemporary Art Award 2015

Edwards+Johann are selected finalists for the National Contemporary Art Award. The judge Aaron Kreisler selected 53 artworks for exhibition out of 325 entries. Announcement of winner and exhibition opening will be on the 17th of July at Waikato Museum, Hamilton.

Lost Lines #2

Merit Award 2014 National Contempoary Art Award

Judge Simon Rees says the entries for this year's award were a pleasing admixture of attention-to-craft, beauty, conceptual clat, devil-may-care, deep-thinking, elegance, humour, and dedication to the outright ugly (in a good way). All the stuff contemporary art is made of.

The work of the merit award laureates and that of the winner embody the aforementioned list of qualities - and add to it degrees of handicraft, faux naivet, DIY and attention to tactility and materiality. All power, say I, to the handmade in 2014.

Tell Someone if Something Happens, Deanna Dowling, Winner.

The winner received $15,000 from the sponsors, Ebbet Audi and Tompkins Wake Lawyers.

The winning entry was selected by Rees from 53 finalists artworks. This year there are five merit awards. They are:
Elsa Lye, Hamilton - The Cardinals
Madeleine Child, Dunedin - Pretty Boys
Natalie Guy, Auckland - Form for Interior
Ina Johann, Christchurch - Lost Lines #2
Frances Hansen, Auckland - A Drawing Activity

Finalist National Contemporary Art Award

Ina Johann's work Lost Lines #2 got selected for the National Contemporary Art Award. The judge Simon Rees selected 53 artworks for exhibition out of 271 entries. Announcement of winner and exhibition opening will be on the 8th of August.

Winners - LACDA 2014 International Juried Competition

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Edwards+Johann - Winner Margaret Stoddart Award

“A deeply layered work, Looking at – The View draws on Margaret Stoddart’s skill in faithfully capturing the essence of the New Zealand landscape and its native flora. Edwards and Johans' work encompasses the possibilities, monumentality and isolation that met the early female settlers and painters. Beautifully composed, austere in tone and densely narrative I found this work to be both beautiful and engaging”. Rachel Slade, Judge Margaret Stoddart Award 2009

Winner CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award

Winning work: Stuttering Structures

"At once coolly formal and ardently exploratory, Ina Johann's Stuttering Structures strategically investigates the relation of the material world to the flow of information, and the sculptural and photographic object's reconfiguration by the insubstantiality of the digital. The work's central structural motif, a small lightbox, is repeated as a series, each unit of which is crowned with an image sourced, seemingly arbitrarily, from filmic and photographic stills of cities. Like the gridded diagram of a system of docking points, these small referential nodes retain a tensioned sense of being perpetually in pause; locatable in space, even as they connote the utter absence of solidity, and potential lack of verisimilitude, of the digitally malleable snapshot." Sally Ann McIntyre