Gavin Hipkins

Biography

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Homely, 1997–2000, in Unnerved, GoMA, Brisbane, 2010 (image credit: Natasha Harth, Queensland Art Gallery), Queensland Art Gallery Collection

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Te Wairoa (Falls), 1999, colour photograph, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely II, 2001–2017, Installation view, City Gallery Wellington, 2018

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Crystal Palace (Park), 2015, archival pigment print, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Habitat, 1999–2000, in Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art PhotographyAustrian Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, 2011

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Field, 1994–1995, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 1996

Gavin Hipkins, The Trench, 1997–1998 (detail), 1 of 80 projected slides, dimensions variable

Gavin Hipkins, Block Sculpture X, 2017, unique archival pigment print, 600 x 340mm

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Colony, 2000–2002, in Metropolitan Iconographies: 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 2002, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collection

Gavin Hipkins, City of Tomorrow, 2017 (production still), looped digital video, 11 minutes

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Valley, 2019, in Gavin Hipkins: The Homely II, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (looped digital video, 14 minutes)

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Precinct, 2018, in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, GoMA, Brisbane (two-channel looped digital video, 10 minutes), Queensland Art Gallery Collection

Gavin Hipkins, The Sanctuary: Auckland (Path), 2004, unique silver-gelatin print, 375 x 375mm

Gavin Hipkins, Romance: Totaranui (Boat), 2004, c-type print, 1350 x 900mm

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Te Wairoa (Falls), 1999, colour photograph, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Crystal Palace (Park), 2015, archival pigment print, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Field, 1994–1995, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 1996

Gavin Hipkins, Block Sculpture X, 2017, unique archival pigment print, 600 x 340mm

Gavin Hipkins, City of Tomorrow, 2017 (production still), looped digital video, 11 minutes

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Precinct, 2018, in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, GoMA, Brisbane (two-channel looped digital video, 10 minutes), Queensland Art Gallery Collection

Gavin Hipkins, Romance: Totaranui (Boat), 2004, c-type print, 1350 x 900mm

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Born 1968, Auckland (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)

Over the past three decades, Gavin Hipkins has developed a practice in photography and moving image that frequently returns to the intersections of modernism and the post/colonial nation-state by repurposing images and texts. His work addresses the histories of his chosen media as well as the ways in which images have shaped the contemporary world as transmitters and visual manifestations of ideology.

Hipkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 1992 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2002. An extensive survey of his practice, Gavin Hipkins: The Domain, was exhibited at the Dowse Art Museum in 2017. He has exhibited extensively both internationally and in Aotearoa. Hipkins represented New Zealand at the 2018 Asia Pacific Triennial, the 2002 Sao Paolo Biennale and the 1998 Biennale of Sydney. In 2006 he undertook a residency at the ISCP in New York and in 1998 he was selected as the inaugural New Zealand resident at Artspace Sydney. Hipkins’ first feature film Erewhon—based on Samuel Butler’s 1872 novel Erewhon, Or Over the Range—premiered in 2014 at the New Zealand International Film Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival.

 
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Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Homely, 1997–2000, in Unnerved, GoMA, Brisbane, 2010 (image credit: Natasha Harth, Queensland Art Gallery), Queensland Art Gallery Collection

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Te Wairoa (Falls), 1999, colour photograph, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely II, 2001–2017, Installation view, City Gallery Wellington, 2018

Gavin Hipkins, The Homely, Crystal Palace (Park), 2015, archival pigment print, 610 x 407mm

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Habitat, 1999–2000, in Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, Austrian Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, 2011

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Field, 1994–1995, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 1996

Gavin Hipkins, The Trench, 1997–1998 (detail), 1 of 80 projected slides, dimensions variable

Gavin Hipkins, Block Sculpture X, 2017, unique archival pigment print, 600 x 340mm

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Colony, 2000–2002, in Metropolitan Iconographies: 25th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 2002, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collection

Gavin Hipkins, City of Tomorrow, 2017 (production still), looped digital video, 11 minutes

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Valley, 2019, in Gavin Hipkins: The Homely II, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (looped digital video, 14 minutes)

Gavin Hipkins, Installation view of The Precinct, 2018, in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, GoMA, Brisbane (two-channel looped digital video, 10 minutes), Queensland Art Gallery Collection

Gavin Hipkins, The Sanctuary: Auckland (Path), 2004, unique silver-gelatin print, 375 x 375mm

Gavin Hipkins, Romance: Totaranui (Boat), 2004, c-type print, 1350 x 900mm