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A MAJOR JIM SPEERS PROJECT"
2000-07-28 until 2000-08-31
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
In August Artspace will be presenting a new Jim Speers art installation,
Tiffany's Kyoto (opens Friday 28 July).
Speers says, It's a fantasy exterior/interior, a place you imagine
yourself being - your personality extended by taste in every direction,
from the surfaces you touch to the air that you breathe. Speers' glass
partitions, mirror wall, fairy lit trees, plywood origami sculpture, his
sea of pristine white oil barrels and Western soundtrack offer a distilled
atmosphere. The title suggests the mandarin Tiffany's shop window displays
of Gene Moore relayed through Asian affluence; or, as critic Stella Brennan
has it, in a recent article on, the glamour of international winter, the
winter they dress for on catwalks.
A few years back Speers explained nothing by describing his works as
neither ordinary objects passing themselves off as art, nor works of art
passing themselves off as everyday things. Since then he has cemented his
position as a key figure in New Zealand art with numerous solo and group
shows in dealer galleries and public museums. His lightboxes stole the show
in Signs of the Times, Wellington's City Gallery 1997 new artists'
exhibition, he represented New Zealand in the 1998 Sydney Biennale. In 1998
he also was Olivia Spencer Bower Fellow, and is currently Frances Hodgkins
Fellow at the University of Otago. Jim Speers is on a roll.
Artspace director Robert Leonard sums up the peculiar appeal of Speers'
work: Speers' work is hard to explain, and it's really about that. The
works remind you of all these things, things you can't quite put your
finger on. It's about putting you in that frame of mind, like just before
you remember the name of the actress in that film by so and so. He likes to
trap you in that moment before you name it and nail it.
Tiffany's Kyoto has been supported by Sauvarins, Mico Metals, Timpan City,
Treescape and Ullrich Aluminium.