We've all heard the stories about confusions occurring on the edge where art meets life.
There was, for instance, the one about the cleaner who accidentally threw out hundreds of cigarette butts that turned out to be a Damien Hirst. I can't work up much emotion over that particular loss, but that doesn't blunt the larger point, which is that no self-respecting gallery professional wants to see their favourite artworks confused with mere stuff.
Then again, when it comes to Glen Hayward's recent gift to the Gallery, there's a part of me that does.
Of the three sculptures that Glen recently gifted to the Gallery, my favourite is the security camera — or rather, the piece of carved and painted wood that looks eye-foolingly like a security camera. When we reopen, I'd love to see this boxy object installed high on a wall, looking down on all the undisguised artworks in its line of view like a spy hiding in plain sight.
I don't mean to diminish Glen's great gift in any way when I say there's a strong
hint of mischief in it — a sense that, by smuggling this object into the collection, he's keeping an eye on us.
Glen's work is one from a swag of great gifts we've showcased in the new issue of the Bulletin, which there's more to see of here.