The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Stephen Clover

Stephen Clover swears too much, drinks too much, and is frequently being sent not-safe-for-work weblinks by his amusing friends. He lives for music and art. He also worships at the same church as Tom Beard.

Whakuku a Nga Kina

by stephen clover February 11, 2013

The art world is full of sharks[citation needed], but one recent public sculpture is attracting watery beasts of a different kind. Via his Facebook group, artist Michel Tuffery has been documenting the sting-rays which have been cruising his Nga Kina at Kumutoto wharf which was installed in November 2012.

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Zinefest 2012

by stephen clover November 13, 2012

Wellington Zinefest annual zine market and festival returns to Mighty Mighty this Saturday, November 17th. Now in its 6th year, Wellington Zinefest is New Zealand’s longest running festival of zines. ‘Zines’ or ‘fanzines’ are self-published magazines created to highlight music scenes, fandoms, activism, craft, creative writing or simply the zinemaker’s own oddball obsessions. Zinefest brings […]

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Pablos Art Auction 2012

by stephen clover October 5, 2012

Pablos Art Auction — that gala highlight of the local art scene — is on this Wednesday night. This year it’s bigger and better than ever and in an all-new venue: Massey University’s Great Hall. If you’re a seasoned collector and art-auction attendee I expect you already have your ticket and the date marked in […]

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Captain Sergeant Major and Force Fields

by stephen clover March 27, 2012

Rock out at the end of summer with Wellington’s chief purveyors of sonic pop and angular rock n roll!

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Incoming: Supermodel and Sleeping Dogs

by stephen clover February 13, 2012

Wellington rockers Supermodel are teaming up with Christchurch wave-makers Sleeping Dogs and kicking off the year with a North Island tour. They’ll be back in Wellington later this week. Both bands are promoting their UK-produced albums which were released in 2011. The Wellington show is the eighth of eight shows, so they’ll be niiiice and […]

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Incoming: Badd Energy

by stephen clover February 7, 2012

Sike-electro weirdos and recent “that’s interesting” Flying Nun Mark II signees Badd Energy are back with a new single/video and tour.

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Tom Beard jumps the shark!

by stephen clover July 29, 2011

(Just kidding) Like parents – or how we imagine them to be — we are immensely proud when one of our snotty brats achieves recognition for the things at which they excel. And in this case, Oor Tom has been featured in the My Favourite Table section in Wednesday’s Dom Post Capital Life supplement, being recognised for […]

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Towards Another (Big Bang) Theory

by stephen clover July 8, 2011

The images of exploding fuel from Geoffrey H. Short’s exhibition Towards Another (Big Bang) Theory at {Suite} Gallery on Oriental Parade are immediately evocative to me of a number of different other imageries, occurring in roughly this order: of the US military napalming bits of Vietnam of Francis Ford Coppola napalming bits of the Phillipines […]

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Big Drypnz

by stephen clover June 23, 2011

If you’re in the market for a real bona fide “Holy shit, look at that!” experience, try heading down to the eastern end of Abel Smith Street, opposite the Southern Cross. Where on the corner of Wigan Street there was once a Tattoo Museum (or this), with an imposing moai on the street front (image), […]

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Double-header imminent at Solander: Works on Paper

by stephen clover May 2, 2011

Solander Gallery: Works on Paper is Wellington’s contemporary works on paper gallery. I have a soft spot for printmaking and being a gallery that — not exclusively, mind — specialises in this discipline with a consistent rotation of strong shows from talented New Zealand printmakers, Solander has become a favourite space of mine to visit. They […]

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