Above - 'I Think My Work is Kind of Crappy'. And below, 'I Want to be Famous & Exhibit at Gow Langsford.' Screen-print on toilet paper. Both of these were 'rejects' & never exhibited, they are from a body of work titled 'Learner Artist' an exhibition of 2004. ( to view this show go to http://aclinicalpractice.com/Site/Archiv_1./Pages/Learner_Artist.html)
A while back, I remember going to an art opening at the Gow Gallery in Kitchner Street, and needing to use their toilet; in which on the wall was a small framed piece. It presented the in-house joke line 'I want to Be Famous & Exhibit...' Regardless of its origin & context I thought this self parodying was certainly not self-effacing, but quite pretentious. I can imagine Gary Langsford sitting on the toilet & chuckling to himself about this line.
In some ways the Dealer gallery /artist relationship is akin to Pimp/prostitute, meaning Gow Langsford is really just brothel. In line with this thought;
HOOKER / tired on peddling his wares on the street.
These shown examples are from a body of work produced from 2002-03. Exhibited in two incarnations -'Your Place or Mine?' And the latter 'Your Palace of Mine? (Ma'am). I felt much of the artwork too derivative from the sources they were appropriated from - brothel ads & vintage N.Z postage stamps. For me, the works presented in this blog were more successful (despite the kitschiness) because of their simplicity - perhaps the inherent nature of paper cutouts.
'Heavy Metal' was both the title & framework for a group show. This exhibition was held in 1998 at a Christchurch venue. Using a light sensitive photographic emulsion product to coat the metal block, an image of a metal gate was then printed upon its surface.