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Art piece visible for just a brief time

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 10:59 22/01/2013
Matiatia bay

SITE SPECIFIC: A Play ‘CATWALK’ by Kazu Nakagawa is being created on the headland above Matiatia Bay.

Kazu Nakagawa
TOKYO BORN: Kazu Nakagawa is both playwright and sculptor for his headland piece.

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Waiheke Island artist Kazu Nakagawa has come up with an original piece for this year's headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition.

A Play ‘CATWALK' is a sculpture, a site-specific installation and a socially engaging performance piece based on community collaboration and viewer participation all at the same time.

Kazu began working on the piece in April and says it has been in a constant state of evolution and negotiation as it moves towards its public unveiling on January 25.

He says during the window of opportunity headland offers, the work will reach "a dynamic peak of activity and inclusivity as it becomes visible to the public for a brief moment in time".

Born in Tokyo, Kazu has exhibited extensively since emigrating to New Zealand in 1986. His minimalist practices are often based around furniture, architecture or domestic objects, usually incorporating language. His recent works have become more concerned with context and collaboration, creating and inhabiting complex social and physical sites.

For this piece, Kazu is taking the role of the playwright and has cast two curators, Jackie O'Brien and Amanda Wayers, to play the part of directors. The directors are each charged with producing and directing the play to their script and colour scheme, one working in white and one in black. They in turn, have cast artists and designers to take on the role of fashion designers to create the garments worn on the catwalk.

The audience is invited to take a role in the play either as actors and performers on the catwalk or as a member of the audience. A Play ‘CATWALK' is broken down into acts and scenes and follows the process of how the artwork was conceived and put together. The stresses and strains of being the playwright and artist are shown, as are how the pieces for the artwork were constructed.

Kazu says: "When we view artworks or scenery, we often tend not to recognise our own involvement. This work attempts to reverse this common circumstance, turning seeing into being seen, and turning the art object into an art process.

"It was only possible to do so by making A Play ‘CATWALK' having many roles played by many participants at many stages from beginning to end."

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