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February 2008 - Changing Spaces: an investigation of inner and outer space

“How a work alters a given site is the issue” – Richard Serra





Space – we are surrounded by it and navigate through it every day. We create patterns for understanding and traversing through its interiors and exteriors. We all function and exist in relation to space, but how aware are we of how influenced and manipulated we may be by the space we occupy and use?

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Artists have had a long preoccupation with using and transforming public space, from the beginning of the 20th Century when there was a move by the avant-garde to take art off the wall and down from the pedestal, and shift it outside of the gallery space onto the street and out to the public. Which brings one to… public art!

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Much of the public art that we see now are the products of a “bureaucratic aesthetic”, art becoming safe liberal urban decoration. Where does one find the balance between artistic autonomy and social expectations?

This month at point8 we will have two artists – Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar – discuss these issues in light of their work and their experiences around the world. Both artists work in gallery spaces and the public realm. They will discuss several of their individual projects in relation to wider issues such as:

  • the possibilities for public art – off the pedestal,
  • the nature of experience – viewers and viewing,
  • art and architecture – more than just a slogan…

Join us on the 19th to talk about all this and more…

What: changing spaces: presentation-discussion led by Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar
When: Tuesday, 19th Feb 08 @ 6:00pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Mint Museum of Art (Randolph Rd.)

Sara Hughes is a painter and installation artist who is currently an Artist in Residence at McColl Centre for Visual Art . Learn more about her at: www.sarahughes.co.nz

Gregor Kregar is a sculptor and installation artist who is at present visiting Charlotte and was a previous Artist in Residence at McColl Centre. More info and images at: www.gregorkregar.com

Both are based in New Zealand. Both share a strong interest in ways art can engage and interact with location, yet their approaches differ both in concept and in materiality.