One of my favourite sculptures from this year’s NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition, John Ferguson’s wonderful ‘Blooming Buckets.’ Literally made of large plastic buckets mounted on a steel “stem”, this piece is just so colourful and full of joy. Set against the backdrop of Rangitoto Island, it proved to be one of the most memorable and photographed works in the exhibition.
Piled in the entryway of an underground tunnel at a historic military site; Lang Ea’s cement heads – eyes closed, without ears – were for me the most powerful work at NZ Sculpture OnShore. Lang Ea came to New Zealand from Cambodia as a child, and this work, ‘Listen’ resonates with the imagery of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer past.
On the other side of a small glade, in another underground room, Sam Harrison’s ‘Gretchen’ leans against a wall. Exhibited at an event which raises funds for Women’s Refuge, this work inevitably suggest a strong emotional response, yet many visitors have been moved by the simple beauty of her form.
Ramon Robertson is a Scottish artist now living in New Zealand. His work often features plaster and concrete figures – apparently mass produced, yet somehow unique. The title of this work comes from French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s statement “only in the context of the world we inhabit do we know who we are and what our purpose is.”
In contrast to the human forms depicted in the other artists’ work, Taranaki-based sculptor Anna Korver allows the garment to represent the form. She has developed a considerable body of work based on “the dress.” This piece in basalt is one of three that was exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore.
Video shot and edited by Su Leslie, 2014.
As NZ Sculpture OnShore was closing up last night, I shot a little bit of video of Auckland artist Marylene Jackson’s wonderful installation “… and the dance goes on.” Marlyne makes wonderful chandeliers from found objects. At the exhibtion, they are hung in trees. I found the sight of one of her works blowing in the wind totally hypnotic.
It’s the last weekend of the exhibition. By 6pm tomorrow , we’ll be turning off the lights and waving goodbye to the stragglers after 10 full days of being open to the public. Anyone in Auckland this weekend — last chance to see an amazing outdoor sculpture exhibition that raises funds for Women’s Refuge.
The challenge this week, at Lens and Pens by Sally, is to take macro shots. With most of my time at the moment taken up with the 2014 NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition at the moment, it won’t come as any surprise that my photos are of sculptures – or at least details from sculptures. These are all works in the Officers’ Mess Gallery, and were taken on my phone in the quieter moments since we installed the exhibition just over a week ago. I’ve edited all of them to a greater or less extent to focus in on some details.
Amongst the 100+ sculptures at NZ Sculpture OnShore this year, ‘Call Me I Love You‘ by Auckland artist Brendan McGorry, is proving very popular. A classic “phone box” with a twist; it has the cruciform shape of a traditional church. The smart phone inside the booth works.
Last weekend we had record crowds at the exhibition, and as I arrived I watched people queuing to experience this work of art. And all I could think was “when I was a girl, people actually did this all the time.” And for most of those queuing, it was a wholly novel experience.
And a sign of the times; people aren’t using the phone to call home … they’re taking selfies!