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"'Through my repeated attempts to repair the window, I have developed pneumonia' by Robert Hood and Simon Lawrence"
2003-01-15 until 2003-02-08
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Recent graduates of Ilam School of Fine Arts, both Hood and Lawrence are
involved in the Christchurch arts community and have been developing strong
individual and collaborative practices. Working together on previous
projects, the pair have produced large temporary sculptures carefully
constructed from cardboard and packing tape with reference to both the
hi-tech languages of virtual worlds and the amateur model-maker.
Physics Room project is an extension of the artists' collaborative practice
and interest in narrative, with the addition of computer aided video pieces
and further functional sculptural elements exploring the neurosis of the
modern-day office worker.
Creating a cliché office environment within the gallery, Hood and Lawrence
have significantly altered the gallery architecture and thereby the viewers
expectations and experience of the space. Giving just enough detail to hint
at a narrative and an implied yet absent protagonist, this installation
allows the viewer's imagination to fill in the gaps as though reading a
'pick a path' novel. Triggering our preconceived notions of office
hierarchy and social status, the artists explore workplace paranoia and
anxious boredom. Yet through an accompanying text piece and a movie looped
on the desktop monitor, there is also a hint of escapism and of life beyond
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