MYGALAXI Gallery | Art | Exhibitions | Events | - Basement, 39 Dixon St, Wellington
MYGALAXI is a unique, versatile & totally different & very cool art & event space located in a prime pedestrian area in the cultural hub of Wellington, New Zealand.
We (Arlo & James)
would like to thank all those artists, performers, stallholders, organisers, supporters, patrons and casual visitors who have contributed their
time, talent and positive energy to MYGALAXI Gallery. You have helped make it a great success, and (we think :-) the coolest little arts venue in Wellington - while it lasted.
NEW SHOW - THE LAST EVER AT 39 DIXON ST!
September 11, 2011
REMOTE CONTROL -
Works Recent & Previous to the Polemic
Paintings, drawings & sculpture by
Opens: 4pm, Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Closes: October 11th, 2011
Arlo Edwards - the director & curator - can be found at MYGALAXI - basement, 39 Dixon St, Wellington central.
Cellphone: 022 647 6272
It is also a good idea to friend both Arlo Edwards and Mygalaxi Gallery on Facebook, as this is the most-used channel of communication.
MYGALAXI's Facebook page
Backup contact is James Gilberd who can usually be found just up the road at Photospace Gallery, 37 Courtenay Place.
Email: j.gilberd at xtra.co.nz
Photo: Arlo Edwards, MYGALAXI director & curator.
See the recent
Capital Times article profiling Arlo.
Old NEWS now:
The Listener Art Awards gave MYGALAXI a 2010 award:
"Underground Bunker for Disaffected Artists Award:
Mygalaxi, the artist-run space in Dixon St, Wellington, a regular delight."
Woohoo! Well, we think it's good...
MORE old NEWS:
Arlo & James and the many loyal and talented people who have held stalls in the six MYGALAXI Art Markets in 2010 would like to wish
Claire Harris a huge Thank You for all her hard work in getting the market established and running each time.
Claire volunteered her time and effort to this project with a finite time limit of the end of 2010, and she certainly delivered.
Rediscovered in April 2009, the rooms under 39 Dixon
Street had suffered decades of misuse as a junk depositry for businesses located on the floors above.
Despite leaky pipes and
no electricity, the atmosphere was surpringly not damp or musty. Three large skiploads of junk were removed.
Further, there seemed to be a presence of some kind. The team from
Strange Occurrences investigated,
and this was covered by TV3's Nightline news programme -
video clip September 2009. The investigation is ongoing.
A while ago, Mongrel Mob prospects had broken in and made the place into Party Central. The grafitti was their doing. There is also
a rumour that the rooms were used as some kind of church. Any further information to substantiate this would be appreciated.
Way before that, before reclamation, when the shoreline was much closer, the area was the centre of Te Aro Pa. Te Aro Park
(formerly Pigeon Park, just across Dixon St) commemorates that history of the land. The Waimapihi Stream, which ran from the valley at the top of
Holloway Road, used widen out and prepare to enter Wellington Harbour - Te Whanganui a Tara - right where the public toilets are now located.
The Waimapihi Stream was piped in the 19th century and still runs close to 39 Dixon St. Perhaps it is this history and the presence of the stream that
gives Mygalaxi its unusual energy and atmosphere.
Some Waimapihi history - Vicino site
Te Aro Pa history - www.wcl.govt.nz
LINKS - friends of MYGALAXI:
PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS:
SPOOKED - The Exhibition
An installation of paranormalia, great art,
Strange Occurrences and special events
13th August - 3rd September 2011
Artists: Daniel Boobyer, D.C.Boyle, Edwin Coppard,
Jonny de Painter, James Gilberd, Thomas Murphy,
Rebecca Pilcher, Hayden Prujean, Freeman White, & Unknown...
Curation and paranormalia installation by Arlo Edwards.
Exhibition opening photos on Facebook
The opening was held on the evening of Saturday, 13th August. Copies of the new book
SPOOKED - Exploring the Paranormal in New Zealand are for sale. Come along.
If you want to buy a copy of Spooked please bring $40.00 cash, as we have
no Eftpos machine on site, sorry.
Performance art meets teenage sleep over and fan devotion in Happy Birthday Lindsay Lohan at MYGALAXI Gallery, 1-2 July.
In honour of former child actress and toxic starlet Lindsay Lohanís 25th birthday, Wellington based artist Claire
Harris will watch all of Lohanís films in a 25 hour and 15 minute long live performance art work. Reworking expected
elements of performance art, such as duration, endurance and repetition into an act of fan homage reminiscent of the teen
girl ritual of the sleep over movie marathon, the artist aims to create a surfeit of goodwill and positive attention towards
Lindsay Lohan. Please join the artist in creating this birthday present for Lindsay Lohan by dropping in to watch some films,
completing your own tribute to Ms. Lohan, or by thinking kindly of her on this day.
Happy Birthday Lindsay Lohan opens at 5.30pm Friday 1 July. The performance begins at 6.45pm and will conclude around 8.00pm on Saturday 2 July, finishing with a closing party/birthday party for Lindsay Lohan.
The Seance was a theatrical event by mentalist Robert Haley. Two sold-out performances took place on the night of Friday 13th May 2011.
Unknown presences may have interferred with the running of both seances - see
Capital Times article. Perhaps it's time for another
Strange Occurrences investigation.
Magneto Magazine article
More photos on Facebook
MYGALAXI Art Market #7
(That was the last Art Market for a while....)
MYGALAXI Art Market #6
11th & 12th December 2010,
11am-5pm Saturday & Sunday
Christmas shopping specials for all the family
November 5th to 10th, 2010 - WELTEC Interior Design Show
Final year Interior Design Degree student exhibition -
Photo album on Facebook
MYGALAXI Art Market #5 - Hallowe'en theme
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October 2010
11am-5pm both days
Featured Strange Occurrences
31st Oct - Photo album on FBk
30th Oct - Photo album - setting up
Opening: Tuesday 5th October, 6.30pm-9pm
Exhibition runs: 6th-24th October, Wednesday-Sunday 12 noon-7pm
Featuring: Michele Irving, Mary Lane, Ruth Korver, Arlo Edwards,
Catherine Caudwell & Matt Fanning, Sarah Hudson, Graeme Thompson, Martin Horspool, Adam Sondej, Karren Dale,
Roger Morris, Nadine Smith, Vaune Mason,
Stephen Templar, Mark Ussher, Patrick Phillipona, & Rachel Benefield, Rachel's kids
Review by Mark Amery:
"Two of my favourite Wellington group exhibitions this year have been cases in point,
both reveling like Parade in finding new ways of working rather than following a set of preordained
rules for exhibition presentation. Monsters at new underground venue Mygalaxi in Dixon Street was a rich, bright
and anarchic assemblage of strange eye-popping creatures, programmed neatly as a lead up to Halloween.
Created by a host of local artists who rarely get shown in public galleries, the amount of talent and
ingenuity on display was impressive."
See full Dominion Post article in www.thebigidea.co.nz - The Big Idea
53 photos on FBk
Roger Morris exhibition: The Failure of Imagination
Opened September 11th 2010
Exhibition photos on FBk
www.911artists.com - Artists for 9/11 truth
"A case in point is a current survey show of the work of painter and assemblage artist Roger Morris.
Opened to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11, Edwards has curated a large sprawling show that picks out from Morris's body
of work a raw pop-expressionistic response to American military imperialism over more than a decade. Like an inverted bunker war room,
where the artist instead stages a public response on behalf of a muted populace (represented by powerful wallpapered prints of
monochromatic tool-headed figures), it includes overly-polemic defences of the Twin Towers conspiracy theory."
Mark Amery, Dominion Post 16-09-2010
See full review
MYGALAXI Art Market #4
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th
11am-5pm both days.
5th September 2010 - Kids Art Exhibition - a fundraiser
MYGALAXI Art Market #3
Sat 21st & Sunday 22nd August 2010
Photo album on FB
MYGALAXI ART MARKET #2
Saturday 24th July 10am-5pm
Bigger and better than the first one! The Art Market is now a monthly event running Sat & Sun - see above.
9th June 2010: EDGE OF THE GRID
Installation by JAMES VOLLER & ROBIN AITKEN
OPEN: Sat 17th, Wed 21st, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th (last day)
www.lunchroomtakeout.com - James Voller's blog - pics of Edge of the Grid
Photo album on FBk
MYGALAXI ART MARKET #1
Saturday 10th July 10am-5pm
The inaugural art market, now a monthly event
Photos - just setting up
13th June 2010 - Sunday Suite:
Little Bark, Joanna Minster, Jess Chambers
Event photo ablum on FBk
1st May 2010 - The Urban Tramper recruitment event.
Photos of this event on Facebook, taken by Dominika Zienlinska
Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th April 2010 -
Comics Weekend 2010 - running over Easter at The Basement.
This is the comics event to see in Wellington. Features The Eric Awards, book launches, Tim Bollinger, Dylan Horrocks and more - see blog.
NZ Comics Weekend blog
Tim Bollinger article
Dylan Horrocks article
Photos of book launch
Photos of Comix Weekend on FBk
25 Feb - 5 March 2010: and nothing stirred
This is an installation by Thomas Murphy involving sound cancellation,
video delay psychosis and a fan-o-tron. See www.headchip.net for background info.
Finge link: www.fringe.co.nz/visual-arts/and-nothing-stirred
February 2010: set of 'Goldilocks and the three queers', a Fringe Festival play.
Gay NZ review
Page updated by James Gilberd, 17th October 2011
©James Gilberd, Arlo Edwards, 2009-2011