The Dowling Street Studios is a collection of artist's studios filling the old Hallensteins factory building in Dunedin. Hamish and I took on the challenge of filling the enormous 24m x 4m x 8m high space. I wanted to air out a few of my works from my two post-grad years at AUT, and I wanted to have them shown in The South Island.
I created a new work for the show, The Republic Of Aramoana, a series of 35 'collector cards', each with a photo of a different flagpole found standing proudly in the yard of the houses and cribs of Aramoana in January. At the time I could not imagine why such a huge percentage of a town's population would have flag poles! It was a very exciting discovery. Research uncovered the cause, that in 1980 Aramoana declared itself The Republic of Aramoana in order to defend itself against the New Zealand Government building an aluminium smelter where the town still stands gracefully today. Environmental concerns were a key factor in the case against a smelter. On the back of each of the cards is a diagram from a study done in the seventies on the special nature of the huge salt marsh out the back of Aramoana.
Excited to have the vertical space to hang Pleasure Grounds up again.
|Pleasure Grounds (detail) 2009|
|Laura Marsh Was Here Souvenir 2010, I Was Here Postcard Series 2010|
The South Island Flag
|Hamish Jones - Black Sheep 2011, White Sheep 2011|
|Hamish Jones - Fossil 2011|
|Hamish Jones - Block Colour 2011|
|Hamish Jones - Deconstruction/Reconstruction 2011|
|Home Away From Home 2011, Pakeha Dream (dvd projection) 2010|
|Pakeha Dream ... , Display Case (Prayer for a Pakeha, Club Pakeha, More Maori) 2010|
|Display Case ... , Flagless City II 2009|
Special thanks to Hamish for going hard at the mission; to Vanessa Cook for writing and sorting; to Anya Sinclair for organising; to Jamie Hanton at Blue Oyster Gallery for the lend of a projector; to Terry Brosnahan & John Cosgrove from Countrywide Magazine; to Viv and Gordon Jones, Graeme and Mum, and Dad...Thank you!