Edgy artworks on Southland streets

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 15:40 23/11/2012

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Films and installations around Invercargill and Southland are set to wow audiences this weekend, as the Southern Institute of Technology wraps up its "Chameleon" show.

From Raw Gallery in Don St to exhibitions that spill out into the city, art lovers will have an abundance of creativity to examine.

SIT programme manager Kathryn Mitchell said the use of vacant space - such as an empty shop at Dee St or a store in Edendale - was something that was unique to Southland.

That kind of space was not readily available in larger cities and people in the south had an openness to having it used for work such as Dana King's installation Existence Persisting at the garage beside the SIT Bungalow Restaurant in Ythan St.

When art was taken out of the traditional spaces it became more exciting, she said.

Allesha Ballard's exhibition "The Shifting Walls" can be seen at the Corner Shop in Edendale and Ainsley Ficks' work "Project Hyperion" found its home at the Croyden Aviation Heritage Centre in Mandeville.

Three years of work has gone into the "Chameleon" show, which also showcased third-year students' work from the Bachelors of Visual Art, Animation and Film, earlier in the week.

On Saturday and Sunday, third-year degree and graduate diploma students will present 15-minute talks about their work as the films and animations screen.

Preparing for her show at the Raw Gallery, third-year student Lani Martin said her 15 paintings hanging in a circle were self-portraits that had an edginess to them that she was looking forward to opening up to the public.

Applied media arts student Hannah Gray said her work in the front room of the gallery explored an in-between space, through mapping out ideas around skin.

Dana King uses garments in the garage space as "empty distorted bodies" that represent a "warped remembrance".

Chameleon will be open today from 10am to 6.30pm to Sunday at the SIT Arts Downtown Campus. The 15-minute talks by artists will be on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3pm. The Raw Gallery will be free and open to the public all three days. The Flicks - an SIT short film showcase - will also be running in Upstage, Downtown SIT in Don St, today until Sunday, from 10am to 6.30pm.

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- The Southland Times

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