Whizz Bang Pop

John Nixon 1A 1B

Installation of Whizz Bang Pop. John Nixon, 1A/1B, 2009, pictured far right.

Whizz Bang Pop

  • Where

    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

  • When

    30 September 2011 - 7 April 2013

Whizz Bang Pop presented acquisitions from the 1960s to the present in a dynamic exhibition filled with movement, energy, illusion and bright colour. Paintings, sculptures, videos, prints and installations pulsated, flickered and appeared to leap off the wall in a show filled with excitement.

From the Chartwell Collection, Daniel von Sturmer’s Painted Video series (2009) brought painting to life by pouring lurid paints over and over, while Rosalie Gascoigne’s assemblages Piece Work, Web, and Foreign Affairs (all 1994) mix and matched raw pieces of wood and text in a diverse range of shapes and textures. Works by Rose Nolan and John Nixon were also featured. 

Curated by Natasha Conland.

Installation Images 

Three artworks hung on the wall in one of the second floor gallery spaces in Auckland Art Gallery, for the exhibition 'Whizz Bang Pop'. To the far right hangs John Nixon's colourful work 1A/1B, which is a rectangle work divided into six sections in different shades of orange, red and brown. On these sections triangles and circles of differing colours are arranged. In the centre of the room, 'Whizz Bang Pop' is written on the wall in black lettering with three overlapping spotlights trained on it. To the left hang two photographic artworks also in the show.

John Nixon, 1A/1B, 2009, Chartwell Collection (pictured far right).

Artworks hanging on the wall in one of the second floor gallery spaces at Auckland Art Gallery. In the centre of the room, Jessica Stockholder's sculpture Untitled stands on the floor, and consists of assorted household objects in various bright colours arranged on top of one another. On the left wall hang rows of photographs, and on the back wall hangs an looped design made out of furry black material.

Jessica Stockholder, Untitled, 2003, Chartwell Collection (pictured far right, floor).

Artworks hanging on the wall in one of the second floor gallery spaces at Auckland Art Gallery. In the centre of the right hand wall, four television screens play Daniel von Sturmer's work Painted Video, in which wet paint in different bright colours is poured onto a black surface. Three works of different sizes are hung next to von Sturmer's work, and in the centre of the room is an installation of several silver plant forms on a metal rectangular structure.

Daniel von Sturmer, Painted Video, 2009, Chartwell Collection (pictured back wall, centre).

Three artworks called Web, Piece Work, and Foreign Affairs, all by Rosalie Gascoigne are shown hanging on a wall on the second floor of Auckland Art Gallery. The artworks are three square panels of the same size, all made up of irregular pieces of wood of slightly differing colours, in light ashy shades of off-white and brown. To the right of the artworks is a floor length window which looks onto Albert Park.

Rosalie Gascoigne, Web (left), Piece Work (centre), and Foreign Affairs (right), 1994, Chartwell Collection.

An artwork by Rose Nolan is shown displayed on a white wall. The artwork is a long strip of concertina folded card, with white lettering saying 'why do we do any of the things we do' taking up the whole strip of card. The spaces between the letters are filled with bright red and grey.

Rose Nolan, Why do we do any of the things we do, 2008, Chartwell Collection.