27 February - 16 March 2013
Preview and book launch: Tuesday 26 February, 5 - 7pm
White Night, Auckland Arts Festival. Saturday 16 March. 6pm - midnight.
Temporary Mechanisms is Alex Monteith’s first solo exhibition with Gow Langsford Gallery. Monteith is a prolific contemporary film maker known for her technically sophisticated video installations that reflect contemporary sports, cultural and social activities. Her works are typically performance and time-based; employing media such as film, sound, and video, and are often created in extreme or large-scale geographies.
For Temporary Mechanisms ART UTE acts as a collaborative project for which Monteith invited artists to install artworks as a response to the context of the ART UTE projects. Displayed at the front of the gallery the matt black, lowered Ute acts as a mobile social art project. In a second aspect of the ART UTE initiative sound artists were invited to contribute audio works to be played in the cab via the trucks sound systems. These exhibitions within the exhibition will rotate on a weekly basis beginning with John Ward Knox (26.02.13 - 04.03.13), followed by Sarah Munro (04.03.13 - 11.03.13) and lastly Judy Darragh’s MUSCLE (11.03.13 - 16.03.13). For the ART UTE project: audio for a good car stereo programme Monteith has lined up Rachael Shearer, Sean Kerr, D.A.N.C.E Art Club, Clinton Watkins and Linda T. You can read more about collaborating artists here.
ART UTE is an on-going project that proposes mobile and collective models of art and exhibition practice. The project proposes the ute be used in either the production of art (transport for artists to move materials around) or the exhibition of art using the space provided by the ute itself; the tray and cab. ART UTE values are speed, mobility, play and collectivity. Future curatorial decisions in relation to how ART UTE might support the art community could consider implications of these ideas, though not be unduly bound by them.
image: 2.5 Kilometre Mono Action for a Mirage, filmstill, 2011