Turning objects into artwork

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Artist Blue Black sets up his favourite piece, Beyond Packing, for his exhibition at the Invercargill Public Art Gallery. Photo: Sanda Jukic

DUNEDIN artist Blue Black opened his first exhibition in Invercargill last week.

Black said he worked with a range of discarded organic materials which he dipped in layers of clay slip before firing, glazing and firing again until he got a beautifully glazed ceramic covering.

“It is a process of evolving in which different things that are good to dip become beautiful, colourful, bright sculptures. You never know what will come up after the process,” he said

For the exhibition, Lost & Found/Flotsam & Jetsam, Black used different items including socks, sheep skin, ugg-boot uppers and egg cartons.

“The exhibition features nine artworks. Beyond Packingis my favourite piece. I glazed all the items sparingly and it is a bit different than other ones – nice and light and quite gentle.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Invercargill Public Art Gallery (IPAG) is holding a “Creation Station” for children 11 years and under.

Gallery manager Sarah Brown said they wanted to engage with children and invite them to the gallery to create their own mini Blue Black-inspired sculptures.

“This will be an informal open space for children to create their own sculpture using clean, recycled materials such as egg cartons, milk bottle tops and empty hand towel rolls, with crepe paper, pipe cleaners, coloured card and other materials.

“If members of the public have any clean recycled materials they would like to donate to this project, they can drop them to the gallery between 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday,” she said.

The exhibition will be open to the public until January 13.

Lost & Found/Flotsam & Jetsam, Invercargill Public Art Gallery, 5 Don St, until January 13

“Creation Station”, until December 22, Tuesday-Friday, 10.30am-4pm. Parental supervision is required at all times

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