Aaron Kreisler

Head of Fine Arts / Associate ProfessorAaron Kreisler

Fine Arts, Block 2, Room 211


Research Interests

Research into the production, dissemination and impact of contemporary and modern visual artists practice within this network (arts industry) and the broader 'public' sector. Having developed my practice as a curator and writer in New Zealand over recent decades I have garnered a significant understanding of the machinations of this country's rich visual arts practice. My interest in contemporary art is defined by the art currents of this place, but this is a perspective that is as much shaped by looking out as it is within our borders. New Zealand’s contemporary art community, while at times operating in relative isolation, has a strong permaculture that has always been welled informed and connected to a global art world. As a researcher who operates in a range of terrains in this network I am interested in interrogating the practice that we produce in this place, but also how it operates, reacts and speaks to this wider discourse.

Recent Publications

  • Kreisler A. and Krijgsman L. (2022) Liam Krijgsman: More than this. Commissioner and curator of this project: Centre of Contemporary Art. 26 Feb-7 May 2022. [Installation project].
  • Beehre H., Kreisler A. and Hanton J. (2021) Hannah Beehre: The Milky Way. As a commissioner of this work we gave creative support and wrote didactic texts for the public: Te Ara Atea, Rolleston, Canterbury, New Zealand. 1 Dec 2021-1 Jun 2022. [Painting installation].
  • Kreisler A. and Watkinson H. (2021) Hannah Watkinson: The Near Future. co-curator: Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch. 11 Jun-28 Aug 2021. [Photographic exhibition].
  • Kreisler A., Culbert B. and Hotere R. (2021) Culbert Hotere: Pitch Black. Curator: Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch. 13 Mar-22 May 2021. [Curated exhibition].
  • Kreisler A., Neate R., Palmer L., Veling T. and Chrisstoffels J. (2020) Track and trace. Curator: Ilam campus gallery, Ilam school of fine arts, university of canterbury. 27 Feb-20 Mar 2020. [Multi-media contemporary art exhibition].