Bill Culbert to light up Venice Biennale in 2013

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Pacific Flotsam by Bill Culbert.

Pacific Flotsam by Bill Culbert.

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View West Taranaki by Bill Culbert.

View West Taranaki by Bill Culbert. Image: Govett Brewster

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Pathway to the Sea by Bill Culbert.

Pathway to the Sea by Bill Culbert.

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Backwater by Bill Culbert.

Backwater by Bill Culbert.

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Celebrated New Zealand sculptor, photographer and installation artist Bill Culbert has been invited by Creative New Zealand to present his work at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

One of his pieces was at the Gibbs Sculpture Farm that we recently posted about, but of course, being there in the day time, we didn’t get to fully experience the work but it was a recent reminder for me of his work, so it was a lovely connection to find out that Culbert will be showing at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

One of if not the most significant art events in the world, the Venice Biennale is a showcase of countries artistic endeavours. New Zealand doesn’t have a pavilion within the complex, but instead takes over a beautiful Venetian building to present the work. Culbert’s light works, I can only imagine, will be an impressive showing in a dim and ornate Renaissance space.

Otago-born Culbert began his experimentation with electric light in the 1960s having painted painted and worked more conceptually before this. He is constantly working with ideas around light such as energy, perspective, social space and politics.

Michael Parekowhai’s work is currently on display at this year’s Venice Biennale, and we discuss the work in the current issue of Urbis. Check out issue 64 to read Colin Martin’s discussion of the work.


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