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Auckland Art Fair 2019

Deadly Ponies is delighted to once again be involved in Auckland Art Fair. The fair is open from May 1 - 5 in The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf and is New Zealand’s premier showcase for contemporary art from the Pacific Rim. This is the second year that Deadly Ponies has been involved, commissioning an art work from local artists Hannah Valentine and James Wylie. The commissioned piece is part of the Special Projects component of the Art Fair and explores technology and the body. The work is a large scale installation, with a combination of film and permanent pieces.


In addition to commissioning the piece, Deadly Ponies will be hosting an Artist’s Talk with Hannah Valentine and James Wylie. This will be hosted at Deadly Ponies Britomart on May 2, 10am - 12pm.

Deadly Ponies’ commitment to Art Fair is on the back of a long held love of art by Liam and Steve over the 14 year history of the company.

James Wylie is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts (2018). Wylie’s work explores questions of technological progress, promoting consideration in a time of rapid change. Recent exhibitions include ぐるぐると登り続けること (round and round, up and up), Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan, 2018; Offline Browser, 6th Taipei International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2018; and Sometime, someday, when all is said and done, RM Gallery, Auckland, 2019. Wylie was co-founder of the artist-run space Snake Pit.


Hannah Valentine’s practice explores questions of the body, movement, and participation. She is interested in the ways we use and think about our physical self-in-space and in the ways our bodies are shaped by external influences, physical and digital. Her work primarily takes the form of objects, installations, and documentary-style film. Recent exhibitions include: New Perspectives, Artspace, Auckland, 2016; Flex, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 2017; and Looking in, breathing out, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2018.

Drift// Hannah Valentine and James Wylie