Free entry

I WANT YOU AROUND playfully questions contemporary engagement with art through social media, particularly of tattoo artforms and the online emergence of associated aesthetics.

I WANT YOU AROUND is a collaboration by artist Richard Warnock and Joshua Solomon (and invited guests) evolving from their travels as independent artists and many years as co-workers at Auckland’s premiere tattoo studio, Two Hands.

This mixed-media installation will include selected works by the artists ranging from illustration to sculpture, to film and performance. This will take different forms over the week offering a new experience for visitors each day with Richard and/or Joshua tattooing onsite.

I WANT YOU AROUND continues to explore similar concepts proposed by Joshua in his two prior installations created for Artweek: Are You Really Here? (2016) and Disconnected (2017), perhaps best described as social reality.

  • Opening Night Saturday 12 October, 5-7pm
  • Sunday 13 October, 12-5pm
  • Monday 14 - Friday 18 October, 12-7pm
  • Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 October, 12-6pm


LATE NIGHT ART - Tuesday 15 October
With Dominic Hoey, Richard Warnock & Joshua Solomon.
A new participatory performance piece involving six selected participants willing to get tattooed. Each individual will be interviewed by Dominic Hoey who will write a short poem in response to the interview, which the individual will receive as a tattoo while blindfolded. When the tattoo is finished, Dominic will read the poem out loud for the first time to the newly tattooed individual and the audience.

Part of Artweek in the City Centre.

Park for $2 per hour, to a maximum of $10 on evenings and weekends at the Victoria St car park. Find out more.

Last updated: 30 July 2019