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Steve Carr: A Shot in the Dark

Steve Carr: A Shot in the Dark

13/08/08 - 06/09/08
Preview Wednesday 13/08/08 6-8pm

Michael Lett
478 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
Tuesday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-3pm

Michael Lett is pleased to present A Shot in the Dark, a new exhibition by Steve Carr.

A Shot in the Dark comprises two major new works by Carr - Bear Rug, a carved kauri floor sculpture resembling a bear pelt complete with taxidermied head, accompanied by The Bachelor, a unique photographic print depicting a large, hairy male chest with hands positioned to resemble the face of a moose.

Settling somewhere between complex sculptural conundrum and school-yard trick, A Shot in the Dark favours the simple idea, executed with Carr’s distinctive brand of boyish charm. Both Bear Rug and The Bachelor manipulate their chosen materials, drawing out both poetic and humorous elements, to question the capacity of the viewer; creating a small, yet pleasing, rupture in our perception.

Since his first solo exhibition at Michael Lett in 2004, Carr has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2006 Carr staged It Goes Nowhere Like a Rainbow, a solo exhibition at te tuhi, Auckland which later traveled to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin; participated in A Tale of Two Cities, Busan Biennale, Korea; and exhibited work in PLAY: Portraiture + Performance in Video Art from Australia + New Zealand at both the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth. In 2007, Carr exhibited in Prospect, City Gallery, Wellington; staged a two-person show with Matt Ellwood at Silvershot Gallery, Melbourne; and screened films at various major institutions throughout New Zealand.

Steve Carr was born in Gore in 1976 and graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts Masters Programme in 2003. He was the co-founder of the Blue Oyster gallery in Dunedin and has served as a board member of Auckland’s Artspace. Carr currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.


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