Posted in Art, tagged Tuwhare on March 30, 2008|
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Overheard in a department store today “Well I guess there’s nothing else to do on a wet Sunday but shop“. That statement annoys me on so many levels. If rain defines you (as per Tuwhare), then maybe the fact that rain makes these people shop, defines them? At least I had a reasonable excuse for being there. However the day didn’t improve much from then, but I’ll spare you the details.
My head hurts so I am going to eat some more chocolate and just bring you some things that have caught my eye this week.
I found an excellent article from Ali Bramwell “Occupying the Pavement: Public Art” While the subject dates back a bit, I have fallen HARD for this type of art.
“…the Dunedin Beautification Project (2006) by Matt Gillies. Without warning or any discussion with council the artist had gradually replaced a number of existing functional aluminium plates (part of the city’s water and gas infrastructure, designed to allow maintenance access) with image and message bearing alternatives. The process Gillies followed was to ‘liberate’ a single plate at a time, melt it down, then recasting it to his own satisfaction and replacing it where he got it from.”
Matt Gillies, Dunedin Beautification Project (installation detail), Dunedin City, 2006.
On the same theme, the Wooster Collective always has interesting stuff, I loved these inflatable sculptures on subway air vents (yes I know animal art again).
The Art Life came up with this work by Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi, Paths are made by walking. “In order to determine whether the above phrase was actually true, Yamashita and Kobayashi kept running in a park for 5 days”. The video is really good.
Today there was to be “Mass Cloud Watching – Human Art Work: watch clouds as a mass while I photograph you”. I am asuming it was rained out but looks like something interesting if you are in Auckland when they try next time (April 22).
I’ve also been spending some time on Flickr, where there is lots of fun stuff. The Banksy group is good and I found some excellent photography of ‘Wellington – abandoned’ which I may follow up to get some local ‘industrial rust’ photos. The whole flickr site is kind of a weird concept though to my mind. Its life on display. .. to the extreme.
I’ve realised just how much the internet is my window to the world but I do need to get out more and see.more.art. I’ve come to the conclusion that its all about planning. I have one morning a week that’s mostly free so I’ve decided that I will go into Wellington once every 2-3 weeks, otherwise I will miss all the things I’m wanting to see. So I will forgo every 2nd long black to acheive this aim (yeah right). Sometimes delays bring good things though. I hadn’t got around to seeing “Reboot” at the City Gallery but I noticed that a special collectors tour is happening on 4th May, so I’ll go then.
One Wet Sunday – Barry Payne
I love this picture of The Terrace. It also shows 2 buildings I worked in when I was Ms Corporate IT person too (a whole different life).
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