James Oram: but it’s worth it

24 November – 16 December 2012

Manipulating found footage of the infamous 'Black Friday' sales held by American chain stores, James Oram isolates and magnifies smaller physical gestures amidst the frenzied crush.

James Oram's reductive video works and sculptures champion the personal and test its survival (or otherwise) in an environment of mass consumption.

Oram, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Canterbury in 2003, showed Self Generating, a video work that relied on the artist's endurance, at Christchurch Art Gallery in 2007. In it, Oram pedalled a stationary bicycle in a darkened room, generating just enough power to light up a string of bulbs spelling out a tenuous, and often fading, 'ME'.

But it's worth it is the latest instalment in the Rolling Maul project series, which has been generously supported by Creative New Zealand. Local artists have been hit hard by the recent earthquakes, losing studios, works and exhibition venues. Acknowledging this, Rolling Maul borrows its title from a classic rugby union manoeuvre and hopes to be similarly effective in gaining ground against tough opposition. A key part of the Gallery's Outer Spaces programme, Rolling Maul begins with a series of month-long exhibitions at our new favourite venue, the spruced-up gallery space above NG at 212 Madras Street.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

NG is at 212 Madras Street, Christchurch. Please note the exhibition space is upstairs with no lift access.

Group Tours of the exhibition are available
Book a free tour for your group of friends, work, school or community group. Please contact us to arrange a date and time and we'll have one of our volunteer guides meet you in the exhibition space to take you for an informative floortalk. Tours last 30-45 minutes; bookings essential.