Artwork Details


film, horror, model, movies, popular culture

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ArtistRonnie van Hout
Production Date1999
Mediumhouse model, cardboard, paint, found object (table), video sender, colour television, video cassette recorder, video (single channel, standard definition, 4:3, colour, stereo sound)
Size1180 x 1840 x 615 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectspopular culture, film (performing arts), models (representations), childhood, houses, video, found objects, landscapes (representations)
Accession Date07 Mar 2001
Accession NoC2001/1/9/1-6
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2001


Ronnie van Hout’s Psycho is a self-portrait with a case of pre-millennial anxiety. Riffing off Alfred Hitchcock’s film about identity disastrously undone, van Hout’s work is a send-up of the tortured artist of popular mythology. Rather than the sombre figure of Colin McCahon, striding across the New Zealand landscape and thundering apocalyptic proclamations, van Hout gives us a fanatical hobbyist trapped in the cage of his bedroom. Simultaneously playing the roles of obsessive fan and unrecognised creative genius, the artist constructs a hall of mirrors.

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Tribute (Icons and Laureates)
1 July - 20 August 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery
Multistylus Programme: Recent Chartwell Acquisitions
16 June - 16 September 2001

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
8 March - 8 June 2003


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