Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Venice Art Biennale 2013: National Pavilions Around Town – New Zealand

Venice Art Biennale 2013:  National Pavilions Around Town – New Zealand. Celebrated New Zealand sculptor, photographer and installation artist Bill Culbert is exhibiting his work at the New Zealand Pavilion situated inside the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, right on the lagoons busy Riva degli Schiavoni.  Entitled Front Door Out Back, the installations are be anchored firmly in the domestic world, with common objects such as tables, chairs, wardrobes and plastic containers featuring prominently in many works. But these objects are altered and energized, lifted out of the ordinary, by Culbert’s signature medium – light. Fluorescent light tubes in abundance draw viewers through the spaces, flowing around, over and often right through Culbert’s pieces of furniture and coloured plastic vessels – objects that Culbert refers to as both "stoppages and transporters".
Above. Bill Culbert, Daylight Flotsam Venice, 2013.

Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà – New Zealand Pavilion. Bill Culbert, Bebop, 2013. The most ambitious of these works is a 20-metre-long overhead light sculpture, which will send gleaming steel chairs and tables tumbling through space in a torrent of fluorescent tubes.

Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà – New Zealand Pavilion.   Bill Culbert’s Front Door Out Back installation. Bill Culbert, Straight, 2013.
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