Dane Mitchell - Crafty
August 10 - September 3
What's wrong with mastery?
And proving that point well and truly, Auckland based
artist Dane Mitchell produces a miniaturized version
of the Kiosk itself this month, painstakingly, if clumsily
constructed from card, glue and tape, minus the slick
engineering, and looking a little unsteady on its feet.
Playful, critical, and painfully observant, Dane's work
has often drawn on the surrounding art world for its
subject matter, interrogating and exploring the norms
of cultural practice today and placing art world icons
and institutions under investigation. In Crafty he looks
forward to a perhaps inevitable deterioration of the
Kiosk's physical structure, ever vulnerable to the ravages
of posters, taggers and bird poop, yet simultaneously
looks back to an era when a bit of card and some felt-tips
were the perfect vessels for creative output.
And if the miniature ever needed a home, a place to
rest its tricky little head, it would undoubtedly be
the Kiosk. After all the Kiosk is the gallery's own
equivalent of the miniature in art, most obviously due
to the dimensions of the given space, but also in its
demands for detail and precision. Simply in the way
in which the Kiosk articulates its viewing public as
the viewer peering down on object is suggestive of a
Lilliputian relationship between giant and human. The
proximity of the viewer allows the eye to scrutinize
for detail, precision and realism, and the enclosure
frames and defines the work as a fixed and self-contained
Dane Mitchell's exhibition in Kiosk is part of The
Physics Room curated series.