A Quiver of Names

A Quiver of Names

  • Artist

    Zac Langdon-Pole

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    wooden specimen cabinet drawers, Blickensderfer, Royal, and Underwood typewriters, keys replaced with mixed ancient arrowheads: Neolithic (c. 7000-1700 BCE); Ancient Greek (c. 1200 BCE - 600 AD); Roman (c. 753 BC - 1453 AD); Ottoman (c. 1400 - 1600 AD)

  • Size

    1550 x 485 x 425 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2022

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    28 Mar 2023

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Description

    Zac Langdon-Pole’s sculptural works combine a range of eclectic materials – such as these ancient arrowheads, typewriters and a specimen cabinet – to create a contemporary equivalent of surrealist sculpture. As well as sparking our curiosity in these extraordinary material conjunctions, Langdon-Pole is interested in what they reveal about our human histories. Taking his cue from the material collections developed at the height of colonialism and Western imperialism, he shows how objects, once removed from their deeply cultural embedded histories, are made strange, ripe for re-imagining. For Langdon-Pole, these new sculptures engage a ‘poetry of looking’, which may help us to understand the disjunctions of empire.
    – Natasha Conland, Senior Curator, Global Contemporary Art, 2023

Exhibition history