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Ronnie Van Hout - Comin' Down

Early on Tuesday 30 April 2013, ten days before our 10th Birthday, Christchurch icon Ronnie Van Hout met up with a couple of crane operators and the gallery team, to install a new artwork entitled Comin' Down, on the roof of 209 Tuam Street. It was such a beautiful morning; a great time to be on top one of the tallest remaining buildings in the city. Everything went according to plan... almost. 

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Not Quite Human

Not Quite Human

Lara Strongman: The title of your new work for the Gallery is Quasi. Why did you call it that?

Ronnie van Hout: Initially it was a working title. Because the work would be outside the Gallery, on the roof, I was thinking of Quasimodo, from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. I was coming out of a show and research around the idea of the freak, the outsider and things that are rejected—thinking about how even things that are rejected have a relationship to whatever they’ve been rejected by. And I called it Quasi, because it’s a human form that’s not quite human as well. The idea of something that resembles a human but is not quite human.