CoCA Toi Moroki has opened its first exhibition series in its partnership with Auckland’s Objectspace, selected by director of both organisations, Kim Paton. The three exhibitions: A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records, Ron Te Hawa: Hīnātore: A Time and Place to Rest, and Culbert Hotere: Post Black are a welcome trio. Collectively, they represent an attitude that CoCA needed, evident in the detail of their installation and the necessary resources to comprehensively deliver the best of outcomes.
Curated by senior lecturer in graphic design at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Luke Wood A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records arrives following its time at Objectspace in 2019. A Short Run is a survey of selected vinyl records, singles, album covers and publications from the studio of Peter King, a former South Island session drummer who, from the late 1980s has pressed small, limited vinyl records by local, as well as international artists (eg: The Beastie Boys). Displaying an estimated 250 to 300 vinyl records with attention on their design, iconography and front and back details is no small task. A vinyl single is 18 x 18cm and installing them in CoCA’s expansive Mair Gallery represents a challenge.
Yet, A Short Run has a commanding presence, an elegant transparent labyrinth it feels like a museum archive, one that the gallery visitor can spend considerable time in. It is an exhibition that morphs design, popular culture, conceptual art, installation art, sound, underground comics and indies music. There are few precedents for such a creature in the country’s public gallery.
A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records, Ron Te Hawa: Hīnātore: A Time and Place to Rest, and Culbert Hotere: Post Black
CoCA Toi Moroki, 66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
22 March – 22 May
A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records curated by Luke Wood, installation view at Objectspace, 2019. Photographer: Samuel Hartnett.