Artists Alex Monteith

Alex Monteith

28 May 2022

Alex Monteith and Reuben Paterson at Objectspace

Alex Monteith and Reuben Paterson at Objectspace

Gallery artists Alex Monteith and Reuben Paterson are included in the group exhibition twisting, turning, winding:
takatāpui + queer objects at Objectspace, opening Friday 3 June at 6pm. Curated by Richard Orjis "LGBTTQIA+ creative practitioners from the fields of design, craft, art and architecture were invited to select something in their possession. The objects range from things people have made, found or were gifted, and reveal the diversity of takatāpui and queer experience." Read more about the exhibition here.

13 August 2021

Alex Monteith in 'Things That Shape Us' at Christchurch Art Gallery

Alex Monteith in 'Things That Shape Us' at Christchurch Art Gallery
Things That Shape Us Installation View. Courtesy of Christchurch Art Gallery

Gallery artist Alex Monteith is included in a new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū from 24 July - 21 November 2021. 

"Things That Shape Us includes artists who use documentary practices to encourage collective action. Working in the aftermath of traumatic events, they ask us to reconsider how we think of ourselves and demand a more democratic society. In addition to the ongoing challenges of racism, inequality, climate change and Indigenous politics, in the past decade the people of Ōtautahi have faced both the devastating 2010/2011 earthquakes and more recent mosque attacks. How can we gather in the long shadow of these events and use the impact and memory of loss to work towards a better democracy?" - Text from Christchurch Art Gallery

Find more details here.

09 July 2019

Alex Monteith at Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Alex Monteith at Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Alex Monteith. Photo: Linda Robertson for Otago Daily Times

First presented at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland in 2017, Ka paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery is an expansion on this project following her residency in Otepoti Dunedin as part of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery New Zealand Visiting Artist Programme. The exhibition, on until 29 September, presents Monteith’s new video works, alongside a real-time process of inventorying collections of midden material loaned from Southland and Otago museums, performed by collaborators Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu), Koreana Wesley-Evans (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) and Baylee Smith (Ngāti Maniapoto). Read Alex's interview with the Otago Daily Times here, and for further information on this exhibition, see here.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Open daily from 10am-5pm

22 September 2017

Alex Monteith at ST PAUL St Galley

Alex Monteith at ST PAUL St Galley
Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions Installation View

Alex Monteith has a new exhibition open at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland. Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions has been an ongoing project for Monteith for over six years revisiting a collection of material from Te Mimi o Tū Te Rakiwhānoa (Fiordland coastal and marine area) held at Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho o Te Taniwha. Monteith has been working with local iwi to facilitate the research and reappraisal of this collection. The exhibition consists of the collection, and a video installation by Monteith Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions, In Light of Time (2017), alongside photographs by Mark Adams' from 2014. The exhibition runs until 27 October 2017. For further details about this exhibition, see here.

ST PAUL St Galleries
40 St Paul St
Auckland City
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12 - 4pm

01 July 2016

headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017 Artist Annoucement

headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017 Artist Annoucement

Three of our talented artists have been selected to create sculptures for the 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf at Waiheke Island. David McCracken and Gregor Kregar return, and Alex Monteith (in collaboration with Michelle Lee) will make her SOTG debut. 

There were almost 250 proposals submitted, which were narrowed down by a group of experts to 34 selected artists based in New Zealand. It is always a highlight on the summer calendar, and draws large crowds. Next year it will run from 3rd February to 26 February. For further information, visit their website.

Images from top to bottom:
David McCrackenMassive Vessel, from the 2015 hSOTG
Gregor KregarPavilion Structure, from the 2013 hSOTG
Alex Monteith, Red Sessions (Stent Rd Taranaki), 2009, performance and video installation

30 June 2016

T.J. McNamara Reviews Alex Monteith's Shadow V

T.J. McNamara Reviews Alex Monteith's Shadow V
Last Light 3, 2016, archival pigments on paper

T.J. McNamara's thoughts on Alex Monteith's spectacular Shadow V showing at Lorne St until 2nd July 2016. 

"The effect of this symmetry is that as the waves surge forward, the centre drives up the sand like some strange ravening shape-shifting beast thunderously crashing in as an ungovernable, murderous force with wild spume blowing the top of it." Read the full article here.


19 January 2016

Upcoming: Participatory performance event by Alex Monteith

Upcoming: Participatory performance event by Alex Monteith
Surface Movements, Mt Maunganui (2014). Photo: Sarah Munro and Sean Joyce, courtesy of Alex Monteith

Surface Movments is a collaborative place-based project, led by local artist Alex Monteith, that will culminate in a free surf lesson at Te Piha; Piha Beach, Tamaki Makaurau in February 2016.

Leading New Zealand artist and former surf champion Alex Monteith has a long interest in our economic and ecological relationship to specific localities.  Using the format of a free surf lesson, Monteith offers an experience of being in Piha that connects participants to local political and cultural contexts. Promoting barrier-free access to the lesson is important, and the event is open to people of all ages (over the age of 6) and all abilities. Collaboration with a number of partiesis also vital to facilitating the surf lesson. Monteith will collaborate with Piha communities connected with the ocean; particularly the surf schools of Piha, surfers with a history at Piha, local historians , including Pita Turei, Piha Surf Life Saving Club, and locals at large to create a lesson that foregrounds the various economical, ecological and cultural meanings that Piha Beach holds for mulitple groups simultaneously.

Accompanying the live, participatory performance event is an exhibition at Te Uru. Over the course of February, custom-made rash vests will be installed in a gallery space, their function latent until they are used in the surf lesson, before being re-installed again in the gallery space. Video footage from the event will later be added to the exhibition.

Surface Movements at Piha Beach and Te Uru extends projects that Alex has undertaken at Lyall Bay, Wellington, and Shark Alley, Mt Maunganui Tauranga, but is the first in her own community.

Details of the event and exhibition will be added to a Te Uru Facebook page and website page as details unfold.

Surface Movements: a live surf lesson as performance event
14 February 2016, Piha Beach

Surface Movements: an accompanying exhibition
30 January – 13 March 2016, Te Uru

22 December 2015

Alex Monteith to show at Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, 2016

Alex Monteith to show at Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, 2016
Production still from Cascade Cove in the Shadow of 150,000 Bones

Alex Monteith's single-channel moving image work Cascade Cove in the Shadow of 150,000 Bones, 2015 (13mins) has been selected for Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, January, 2016.

Les Rencontres Internationales is a major event dedicated to the contemporary practices of the moving image, which offers a space to discover and reflect upon new cinema and contemporary art.  It draws leading figures together in the fields of cinema, contemporary and digital artists, researchers, institutional supervisors and emerging organisations.

For more information visit their website here.

29 August 2014

GLG's New Partnership with Academy Cinemas

GLG's New Partnership with Academy Cinemas
Academy Cinemas, Sunday documentary series

This month we're pleased to announce our new partnership with Academy Cinemas. To celebrate the Academy's new Sunday Documentary Series we will be providing short clips of original artwork by gallery artists to run before each documentary. First up is a four-part series by Alex Monteith, Mechanical Foreshore. The series will feature four short works by Monteith, one to be screened before each Sunday documentary during September.

15 March 2014

Alex Monteith: Big Wave Aotearoa

Alex Monteith: Big Wave Aotearoa
Screen shot from Alex Monteith's Big Wave Aotearoa at Tauranga Art Gallery

Gallery artist Alex Monteith is currently exhibiting at Tauranga Art Gallery. Big Wave Aotearoa is made up of three elements: a major video installation, a 'live action' project filmed at Mount Maunganui and an installation featuring retrospective performance material. Visit Tauranga Art Gallery before 6 April to view.

10 May 2013

5th Auckland Triennial opens this month

Led by renowned curator Hou Hanru, the 5th Auckland Triennial If you were to live here... includes work by more than 30 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects. The Triennial runs from the 10th of May to the 11th of August 2013 at Auckland Art Gallery and eight additional sites, extending the Triennial’s reach across Auckland.
Previously curator of major biennials including Lyon, Istanbul, and Guangzhou, Hou has invited artists to respond to the diverse cultural, social, architectural and urban characteristics of Auckland. ‘A triennial,’ he says, ‘is a space for producing new aesthetic forms and social spaces. It is not only an occasion to see art, but an interaction between artists, people and the city to envisage possible futures.’ The artist collective Local Time, including gallery artist Alex Monteith, will be exhibiting two works and staging multiple actions at different sites across the city. See the Triennial website for more details.

24 April 2013

Alex Monteith Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Alex Monteith Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Doug Young Surfing Jaws, Hawaii. Image courtesy of Doug Young and Dowse Museum.
The Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada, is currently showing Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art and exhibition curated by Amelia Jones. The exhibition includes Alex Monteith’s Looping Manoeuvre (2008) and runs until 13 April, see their website for more information.
Later this month her new video work Big Wave Aotearoa will be shown at the Dowse Museum. The collaboration with NZ Big Wave Surfer Doug Young "demonstrates the relentless ambition and drive of high-performance surfing and the endless search to ride the greatest wave of all." (Emma Bugden, Curator, source Dowse website). There is also a performative aspect to the exhibition with the event Surface Movements; A surf lesson with Alex Monteith, Miles Ratima and Doug Young on Sunday 14th April. Their website has full details.

23 March 2013

Alex Monteith Temporary Mechanisms review in the Weekend Herald

Read T.J McNamara's NZ Herald review of Temporary Mechanisms online here.