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"A Painting and A Sculpture, Martin Creed and John Nixon, curated by Nicholas Chambers AND A Painting and A Photograph, Reuben Keehan and Darren Sylvester, curated by Nicholas Chambers"
2002-01-30 until 2002-02-22
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Recently in the media spotlight for winning Britain's major art award of
the year, the Turner Prize, Scottish artist Martin Creed is one of the
artists curated into two touring exhibitions this month at The Physics
Room, organized by Sydney based curator Nicholas Chambers.
A Painting and A Sculpture is one of a series of exhibitions Chambers has
developed, wherein very established artists are approached with a view to
exhibiting their work not in a museum or biennial but in a more local
context such as artist-run, or art project spaces. Working against the
'expo' hyper scale and globalized realms of the biennial model, A Painting
and A Sculpture develops an exhibition model in which the autonomy of the
artworks and the central role of the curator remain intact. Martin Creed's
work delicately illuminates and asks us to mediate upon the objects,
symbols, voids and logic of our experiential world. He has exhibited widely
in the UK and Europe, and will be seen for the first time in New Zealand in
this exhibition. Sydney artist John Nixon's focused investigation of
constructive and monochromatic painting dates back to the late 1960's, with
an extensive exhibition history in throughout Australasia and Europe.
Accompanying this show is A Painting and A Photograph, a similar format
exhibition which profiles the work of two more emergent Australian artists.
Reuben Keehan interrogates the history of the 20th Century avant-garde
using statements painted on walls, doors, canvases and toddlers' t-shirts,
while Darren Sylvester's photographs are carefully and painstakingly
orchestrated, investigating the myriad difficulties and emotions
encountered between individuals and a wider society.
Nicholas Chambers will be present in Christchurch for the opening of this
show. For more details on the show, or to interview him, please contact the