Chevron Hassett: One Thirty
16 November - 7 December 2019
Artist Chevron Hassett presents a photographic series of five Naenae locals installed on buses routed from Naenae to Wellington city.
Chevron Hassett ( Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Pākehā), grew up in the Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae, where he used to graffiti buses - his first creative and subversive public works. Harnessing this spirit, the artist now sites portraits of young people from Naenae onto buses, representing the mana and potential of Naenae. In creating this project, Hassett asked his peers to choose sites important to them, 'where their hearts felt full' around Naenae, where they grew up.
Now, Hassett launches these images on their own journey as they traverse routes on five buses from Naenae through to Wellington city during December 2019 and beyond. This project, One Thirty, - named for Naenae's bus route - features images of Journey, Nesi, Wasa, Grace, and Chevron himself.
One Thirty is shown in conjunction with Chevron Hassett's Toi Pōneke Visual Art Residency exhibition Home is where my heart will rest, 16 November - 7 December 2019.
Chevron Hassett ( Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Pākehā), was born in 1994 in Lower Hutt, Aotearoa.
Hassett uses still and moving image to explore concepts of whanaungatanga, tikanga māori and kaupapa māori operating across ancestral and urban landscapes. His practice spans community projects with youth to contemporary art projects and writing. He achieved a Bachelor of Design (Hons) from Massey University, Wellington in 2016. In 2017, he won the Nga Manu Pirere Award from Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand. Hassett is also currently showing work as part of Strands at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, until 22 March 2020.
See Chevron Hassett's website for more information.
Imagine Woodward Street, long ago before cement took over The Terrace. Artist Kedron Parker entices pedestrians to imagine the area in its natural state before urban development. A soundscape of bubbling water and native birdlife fills the Woodward Street pedestrian tunnel, evoking an experience of walking where the stream once ran.
Installed seamlessly in the tunnel, the soundscape ran for an initially-planned 5 week period from February 2014, was continued due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, and is now a permanent installation of the city.
For information on previous temporary public art exhibitions, see: Past projects.