Sunday, May 18, 2008

More Boys Toys

The photographs I took of Philip Trusttum's "All What Trucks" billboards a week or so ago were a bit 'dark and distant' (a dull day and fast moving traffic didn't make it easy), so I have visited his current exhibition at COCA Gallery, here in Christchurch. It's the first time in a while that the huge scale of the gallery has seemed 'right' because, as always, Phil's works are HUGE. They look perfect here. This is a series featuring toys from Mattell Inc, Tonka and Matchbox - the artist's preoccupation with his grandson, William's toys. Philip is only the second New Zealand artist to be awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2001).

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