(image: The Estate of Angus Fairhurst)
I love Angus Fairhurst’s work so much. So much. Seriously. So here I am sharing that love with you! I’ve written a couple of articles about his work before, but I would love love love to be working on his catalogue raisonne. There have been a couple of great posthumous exhibitions recently, at Sadie Coles and at the Arnolfini, but you can check this print – When I woke up in the morning the feeling was still there – out in the Tate Modern print room. It’s from the London Series, and there should be a fair few copies floating around in other public (and personal!) collections if you’re outside of London. So there we go. I just wanted to spend today expressing my big love for AF. Thanks for listening.
‘The Vault’ – due to open at City Gallery Wellington on January 29th 2011 – is a series by Wellington-based photographer Neil Pardington which journeys through New Zealand’s public museums and art galleries, transporting the viewer behind closed doors and repositioning us amidst the collection of objects that are Not On Display. For Pardington, the central idea is that of the camera as ‘a storehouse of ideas and images (or as Kodak would have it, memories)’, which he writes about here. These ‘ideas and images’ that his camera has recorded and amassed whilst wandering the apparently deserted back-rooms of national collections ultimately raises the big question: What Makes History? That is, what’s on display in the Main Collection (and therefore History), and what’s been left behind, in a back room waiting to be remembered? And, conversely, The Vault re-orders our perception of these collections – such as the one that we are in, viewing these photographs on exhibition in the gallery space proper – presenting us the museum ‘from behind’.
Images top to bottom:
- Ornithology Store #2, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2006, LED / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15
- Art Store #5, Otago Settlers Museum, 2008, Lambda / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15
- Ceramic Store #1, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2007, LED / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15
- Photo Store #1,, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, 2008, Lambda / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15
- Taonga Maori Store #5, Rotorua Museum of Art and History Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, 2008, Lambda / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15
- Large Mammal Storage Bay #1, Canterbury Museum, 2007, LED / C-Print, dimensions variable, edition of 15