Art show opens the doors to another world
Aucklanders are being invited to think outside the square, or rather the container, during the Living Room 09 contemporary art festival this week.
A shipping container, raised from the depths of the harbour, has been the unusual storage space for an art collection by Seoul artist Cho Duck Hyun.
The collection of wedding portraits are part of his ongoing project called Dark Waters.
Fourteen years ago he created a similar container-full of art in Seoul which “popped up” out of the water in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Now he says it is like the container has “travelled through the earth” and popped up in Auckland.
And he’s not giving too much away about the container’s mode of travel.
“I don’t want to interrupt the audience’s imagination.”
The hand-drawn portraits that cover the container’s four walls are the product of a trip to Auckland last December when Mr Hyun, a fine arts professor in Seoul, was inspired by photos in the Auckland city library archives.
Living Room 09 started on Monday and features eight days of contemporary creative events, installations and performances throughout the central city.
Auckland City Council public arts manager Pontus Kyander says this year’s event explores the theme My Home Is Where My Heart Is and relates to people’s identities and beliefs in an age of global migration.
Other international artists featuring during the week include Japanese New Yorker Aki Sasamoto, Korean artist Emil Goh, Gaia Alessi and Richard Bradbury from London and Aucklander Shigeyuki Kihara.
For information on Living Room 09 visit www.auck landcity.govt.nz/events.
Underwater treasures: Cho Duck Hyun’s art collection has been housed in an underwater shipping container.