Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When Art Meets Commercial Vinyl

Sara Hughes."United We Fall" 2008
(Artist's digital impression of the work)
Courtesy the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery.
Auckland artist, Sara Hughes appears to have a thing about commercial signwriting vinyl – and why not? It’s thin, adhesive, brilliantly-coloured and it lends itself to being applied to a multitude of unexpected surfaces. Take the main staircase of the Christchurch Art Gallery for instance – instantly transformed into a multicoloured work called “United We Fall,” as part of the gallery’s Outer Spaces series. Inspired by her recent United States residency during the Democratic primaries, Hughes has wrapped the stairs and glass barriers in politically-charged colours, “turning the gallery foyer into a cascade of marching, pulsating, saturated colour that questions both the local and global space it occupies.” You can see more of Sara’s interest in pattern, form and optical effects by visiting her website – http://www.sarahughes.co.nz/ In the meantime, I’m going to visit the gallery to see if I can get from bottom to top and down again only stepping on the red bits.

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