“ I paid the writer for each sign, re photographed then enlarged each on to PVC billboard vinyl. I was interested in the aesthetic these of grungy ripped card and scrawling text in biro , the appeal for spare change for “food and shelter”. There are similarities between each beggar’s approach. Polite and to the point, they are in fact advertisements and use the tools of advertising to present a concise message to the street traffic. They gently comment on generosity and the use of public space as avenue to talk about poverty.”
We’re a little bit interested in “The Plant” - we’re not sure what it is or what it might be but we do like that it involves friends and whanau, that it is collaborative and that it is on the banks of our very own Waikato River - this Saturday at 10am.
Judy Darragh, Deadlift (2012), PVC banner, acrylic, ink and paint, linen tape, glass spheres, assorted aerosol paint. 4.5 x 1.3m. From the exhibition SCI FI at Two Rooms, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ, 26 October - 24 November 2012 (photo: Sam Hartnett).