Life has been very hectic here at Christchurch Art Gallery over the past few weeks so here's a quick round up of our latest Outer Spaces offerings.
Tony de Lautour's Unreal Estate showcases this artist's continuing interest in landscape painting which he has explored using found pages of Christchurch's real estate magazines. Selected and compiled by the artist, a curator and a designer, this project takes artists' books to the masses. It's available from stands at selected locations round town but if you are having trouble locating a copy then head down to the Christchurch Art Gallery Shop on Lichfield street or the Christchurch Art Gallery at NG Design, 212 Madras Street.
Tjalling de Vries's massive abstract paste up has now been completed on the back of CoCA. Its massive collage like surface will impress. You can view it from Worcester Street next to the Gallery next time you are passing through that part of town.
This is one of my favourites: Justene William's incredible video installation She Came Over Singing Like A Drainpipe Shaking Spoon Infused Mixers which is now on view in the abandoned bungalow across the road from the Gallery on Worcester Street. It's a sensory overload of movement, colours, patterns, sound, and performance and well worth a visit after dark.
Scott Flanagan returns to town from the deep south with a welcome solo exhibition of his latest work at the Christchurch Art Gallery's space in the NG building. Blacker than black hand-woven video tape provides a reflective moment in more ways than one. Also featured are a number of collaborative artists' books. It opens tonight so get along if you can.
Pressed Letters: Fine Printing in New Zealand since 1975 is now open at the Peterborough Street Library to co-incide with the Christchurch Writers Festival and features some absolutely stunning examples of hand-printed books produced in New Zealand since 1975. Drawn from the Christchurch Art Gallery Library's collection as well as the Christchurch City Libraries', this exhibition highlights the collaborative nature between many of New Zealand's leading poets, artists and letterpress printers when they produce books.
And last but certainly not least keep a look out on Montreal Street next week for Helen Calder's stunning Orange Up, a work created for the Stereoscope project on the bunker located in front of the Gallery. A stunning work in orange that is guaranteed to lift your spirits on an overcast day.
Whew, I think that's all for now, hopefully the install crew will still be talking to us next week.