Artist Inez Crawford’s Bouncy Marae piece, a bouncy-castle style wharenui (meeting house), part of the Land Wars show at the Te Tuhi Galleryin Pakuranga. 3 March 2008. Someone obviously thinks I have a thing for inflatable art.
Something I’ve been wondering about lately is that most galleries advertise that you can hire them out as a ‘venue’. Even Te Papa – “the galleries on Levels 5 and 6 offer unique opportunities to hold private functions surrounded by treasured artworks and artefacts.” and this from Auckland “The Auckland Art Gallery is much more than just another venue. Hold your next function here and join your guests in experiencing some of New Zealand’s finest traditional and contemporary art. Like the works of art we display – your event will truly be a masterpiece.” So I could get married in front of a McCahon? Have a cocktail party in the gallery? So ummm, what happens if someone spills the bubbly? I just find it scary.
I am taking questions from the floor by the way. For those who asked..
– Yes, I do know Ricky Swallow is Australian but the Blanket Shark work was in a sale here and he is from ‘the ‘hood’.
– No, I can’t sneak in more kitsch – even in a design entry.
and so in lieu of Vogon poetry