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Windows On Art

Dynamic, startling, intriguing – the multimedia artworks in a series of windows in downtown Auckland are sure to get you thinking.

Four up and coming artists will each use all the 11 windows in Customs Street to show narrative-based works over the next four months.

Melissa Macleod came up with the idea when she saw the empty shop windows opposite Novotel: “I wanted to make art happen – to bring something to the public and to enliven some dead and empty spaces.”

She approached the building’s owner, Auckland City Council and found it was not only happy to let her use the windows, but also offered support through its community arts programme.

Melissa Macleod invited the three other artists because they also have a history of making story-based work. “The focus is on story because people walk or drive past. You could treat each window as a page of a book.”

The four artists and their projects are:
 Melissa Macleod (October 22 – November 10) – ‘Reinforcing’ fills each space with structures suggestive of enlarged architectural models. These ambiguous objects reinforce the spaces and offer suggestions for Britomart developments.
 Maria Walls (November 19 – December 8) – ‘Tale #1987’ will involve peculiar collages of film, photography and objects that look back at the viewer.
 Nicky Deeley (December 17 – January 5) – ‘I Believe I Have Fallen into Good Company’ is a series of works that animates and layers the spaces with cartoon-like images.
 Amanda Newall (January 14 – February 2) – Naked Lodge will turn the rooms into bizzare bedrooms that suggest hidden inhabitants.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
 Auckland City Coummunity Arts Coordinator, Gail Richards
Telephone 360 4206 or 025 839 908

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