Gary Silipa. 1982. Auckland, New Zealand

Artist, curator and art teacher currently living and working in Auckland. Founder and current director of The Good, The Bad - Tamaki's first art gallery (est. 2015) - Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of Auckland (2005).
Youkobo ARTSPACE Residency . Self-funded. Tokyo, Japan 

Post-Graffiti Pacific The Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ 
Dreamscape Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland,NZ 
MAURI ORA (WHO ARE WE? WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?) The Good, The Bad, Auckland, NZ 
Post-Graffiti Pacific aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, Australia 
OE14 Endemic World, Auckland,NZ 

For Unto Us A Sport Was Born, Unto Us A Ball Was Given Otara Cube, Auckland, NZ 
Not To Speak Is To Speak Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland, NZ 
Space Beams Open Studio. Youkobo ARTSPACE, Tokyo, Japan 
The Gang. Studio 40, Auckland, NZ 
TSFA The Biz Dojo, Auckland,NZ 

Gary Silipa



18.04.2017 to 12.05.2017

Gary is a member of TMD, and identifies with being a Post-Graffiti Pacific artist. He spent 12 years painting graffiti, and the last 6 years investigating his art outside of it, and more recently, how it can be combined with his experience in the field of Information Technology. In the past two years, he has carried out an art space in an outlying area of ​​Auckland, New Zealand, where, so far, there have been no art exhibition spaces. In that space he also developed workshops for people of all ages. Silipa was in charge of teaching, management and curator of the space. His experience there has made him focus in the different ways of taking the production and appreciation of art to peripheral areas and people who are not specialized in art. 


“Interpersonal communication is the process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages: it is face-to-face communication.
Interpersonal communication is not just about what is actually said - the language used - but how it is said and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language.”

During his artist residency at ‘ace, Gary’s new work investigates interpersonal communication, implied through conversation between different languages, where the lack of interpretation can create a barrier to understanding. 

Priority to what is being said is replaced fictitiously with how it is being said, and the viewer is invited to imagine these interactions for themselves. 

Gary uses a computer algorithm to deconstruct and randomly reassemble the letters in common phrases from the different languages involved in these conversations. 
The loss of structure and randomness disassociates the manipulated output with any explanation the term ‘language’ is defined by, therefore removing the theoretical language barrier and opening the door to focus on other methods of non-verbal communication. 

As people continue to travel and migrate across the globe, different languages and cultures intersect.  Interpersonal communication goes beyond verbal communication alone, and despite any barriers caused by language differences, it is still vital to seek to effectively communicate and positively understand each other. 

Gary also organizes urban art projects in Auckland as a way to transform public space. Watch it here: