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YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
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Photograph exhibition: Gallery Frame Shop owner Rob Malin and photographer Daniel Kukec.

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South American graffiti art is the focal point of photographer Daniel Kukec's exhibition.

Until December 24 his colourful pictures will be on show at Gallery Frame Shop in the Bell Block Arts Arcade.

Mr Kukec was in South America for seven months until March this year.

He is a photography assistant based in Sydney and was in New Plymouth for the launch of the exhibition last week. "I have a fascination with graffiti," he said. "It's awesome just looking at the expansive pieces on the walls and setting yourself up and watching for a while.

"You get these interesting characters that come along. It's a nice stage to observe and see what happens in the real world, the real streets of South America."

Mr Kukec and shop owner Rob Malin have been friends since primary school. They both studied art at Francis Douglas Memorial College. "We've kept in contact and I think we've been able to talk about our work as its developed over the years," said Mr Malin. "I was really blown away by the photography and then we were talking about having a show here. The gallery is just getting up to the level where I can show local work.

"To be able to show Daniel's and to have that connection that we've had for so many years is a great opportunity back here in New Plymouth."

Most of the photos were taken in Columbia and Brazil. All 10 works are for sale, costing between $120 and $400.

The gallery is open from 10am to 2pm on weekdays.

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