Artist brushes aside usual method

03:50, Nov 08 2012
Ash Keating
WET WORK: Artist Ash Keating is coming to Christchurch to create a painting in Worcester St.

Australian artist Ash Keating is not a man for small brushstrokes.

His next work, Concrete Propositions, will be created in Christchurch this weekend.

Keating, with a little help from friends and the public, will abandon his paintbrushes to create the giant work on an inner-city wall by throwing, spraying and firing paint from buckets, weed sprayers, fire extinguishers and other assorted devices.

Concrete Propositions - the result of a collaboration between the Christchurch Art Gallery and Gap Filler - will be created on site at 117-119 Worcester St (Manchester St side of the Cathedral Junction building) on November 10.

The process will be documented, and the footage will be incorporated into Keating's future works.

The public are invited to join Keating on site between 9am and 1pm to watch the painting emerge and lend a hand with filling containers.


Melbourne-based Keating's work includes conceptual, collaborative, mixed media installations and public and gallery-based projects all over the world.

On September 4, 2010, he was artist-in-residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre as part of the Scape Biennale.

Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper said Keating's Christchurch work would draw its palette from the surrounding natural landscape.

In another major art project in the city, New Zealand artist Joanna Langford will reveal her latest artwork, The High Country, in Cranmer Square this weekend.

Created from silage wrap and more than 300 recycled bottles lit with LED lights, the work "floats" from a 10-metre-high crane.

For more details, see Friday's Go Arts.

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