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Performance Video

ArtistSimon Denny
Production Date2008
Mediumscreen-printed canvas, fluorescent tube, cardboard packing, conservators tape in custom textured aluminium box frame
Size1100 x 1300 x 200 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date22 Oct 2008
Accession NoC2008/1/21.1-3
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2008

Chartwell Notes

This work was exhibited as part of the Biennale of Sydney 2008.

They noted at the time:

"New Zealand artist Simon Denny presents his audiences with situations. Constructions of everyday materials are combined with domestic readymades and found imagery in installations that emphasise relationships within communities of things. He is interested in connections and associations of form, purpose and action. One of his simplest works is a blanket rubbed against a wall so that the electrostatic energy holds the blanket on the wall for several days. For the Biennale, Denny has created an installation inspired by an actual event – when the poet and artist Wystan Curnow was asked in the early 1970s to assess the performance of a young art student, Peter Roche, at an Auckland art school. His text, written during the performance, explores boredom and performance art. Denny recreates the event in a new domestic-looking installation which repeats – yet transforms – that experience into one of attention/boredom today."