Curated by Nicholas Spratt
Vaughan Gunson, Victoria Munro, Steve Carr, Scott Everson, Tim Checkley
and Cat Chapman, Dane Mitchell, Tim Doe, Big Wheel Enterprises, Jayren
Dixon and Clinton Watkins, Good Kunst
May 3 - May 28 2000
The last few years have seen a nostalgic fascination with the accelerating
pace of life in the 20th Century, most notably in New Zealand with
the exhibitions Rapid (Artspace Auckland, DPAG 1997) and most
recently, Drive, at the Govertt-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth.
Large, comprehensive and thorough documents of the 20th Century, these
shows looked fondly over their shoulders, Sunday drivers preoccupied
with the scenery, and perhaps missing the real driving force of modernity
as it races past. While some prefer to wax philosophical about our
love affair with the Automobile and the Information Superhighway,
Boy Racers, Motorheads and Garage Geeks are still cruising the main.
Curated by Nicholas Spratt, of Auckland's infamous project space Rm3, The
Drivers is a tongue in cheek exhibition dedicated to car couture,
involving some of New Zealands most interesting emerging artists.
The Drivers recognizes the Modernist legacy of the racing
stripe, exploring the subtleties of the humble muscle car and the
Friday night drags as well as exploring Jackson Pollack, Marc Bolan
and Albert Camus' fatal ability behind the wheel. Featuring works
ranging from skid mark paintings and motorway movies, The Drivers
will also include a special Boy Racer video package and will be
accompanied by a CD-ROM catalogue.
See The Drivers shockwave animation
(requires Shockwave plugin)
Reviews, Essays & Articles
boys are back in town
The Press, 2000 May 24, p. 39
The Drivers, Pretty Choice, Eh? and Pedestrian.
Log 11, 2000, p. 28-29
The Nick Spratt curated show
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