Joanne Moar & Jim Speers
Fiona Gunn & Frances
Phil Dadson & Mike
3x2 was a series of three exhibitions, each featuring two
artists, that ran at the Physics Room from February to June.
The artists were invited to present their work with the exhibition
space's context in mind, including its past uses and its wider surroundings.
One way of considering the work, then, is in relation to these things.
The two artists paired for the first of the three shows in
3x2 are at the beginning of their careers and both in their mid-twenties.
Jim Speers has spent many hours in hotel kitchens, cloakrooms
and foyers, setting places and carrying bags. He completed a degree
in sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts
in 1992. He is currently based in Wellington.
Jim Speers' sculpture at once represents the glamorous veneers
that surface public buildings, and makes an expose of some of the
grime, flimsiness and rough edges that get swept under the carpet.
An industrial-sized chandelier, for example, sits like a giant kitset
assembled and ready for mounting, a patchwork of woods and paints
- plywood, Dijon, off-whites and pencil scoring - a patently hand-made
version of a commercial fitting. Perhaps here you could make out
decorative art, traditional design - a fleur de lis - decayed or
evolved through mass reproduction.
As with Moar's work, there is a direct link to the experience of
the tourists who visit us here and to whom the Arts Centre in general
is now set up to cater. The atmosphere and architecture of hotels,
restaurants, even tour buses and their coachwork, cigarette machines
or wall panelling, are all brought into play alongside traditional
visual and sculptural artistic concerns of object making and painting.
Reviews, Essays & Articles
Interpretations of art installations
The Press, 1997 Mar. 12, p. 16
3 x 2, installations by Jim Speers and Joanne Moar.