@ Alchemy Bar, Christchurch Art Gallery
Can't decide which I liked better of the RONNIE VAN HOUT at the new Christchurch Art Gallery, or the Snare/Mahanga at the old Art Gallery (round the back of the Canterbury Museum).
But it's not a competition, fortunately - and both exhibitions are indispensible. The Ronnie van Hout one is very funny, and oh of course (cough) thought-provoking (tee hee).
The art inspired by the extinct bird specimens held at the Canterbury Museum is heartbreaking - especially the rows of dead-and-gone but oh-so-lovely huia.
Highlights: Neil Pardington's brilliant exposition of a cabinet of stuffed birds.
Fiona Pardington's haunting hooked beak huia.
Peter Madden's tragic huia skins cabinets.
Bill Hammond's Shag Pile for a double pun.
Hannah and Aaron Beehre's Dark Aviary: a sinister and a sacred tribute to extinct species.
And the gorgeous golden kakapo...
Oh, and there's a Ronnie van Hout there with the birds too!