Art good enough to eat up
Those who crave hundreds-andthousands biscuits had better steer clear of Pataka until the end of next month.
That’s when Joanna Langford’s installation display, Beyond Nowhere, finishes.
The Wellington-based artist’s show has some new pieces and some of her favourites from the past 10 years.
‘‘It’s a chance to show them off to a new audience,’’ says Langford, who has displayed in galleries across New Zealand, to critical acclaim.
She was the 2010 Frances Hodgkins’ Fellow at the University of Otago.
Two of the pieces are, theoretically, edible – The Big Rock Candy Castle ( constructed in 2004) is made from 40 packets of hundreds-and-thousands biscuits and pink wafers, while The Wanderers (2005) is built out of icecream cones.
‘‘I’ve always been interested in the alchemy of changing something simple into something magical.
‘‘The idea of a biscuit as a building block really intrigued me.’’
Other installations, such as Honey in the Rock, which takes its inspiration from the Organ Pipes rock structure near Dunedin, and Baltic Wanderer, a three-minute digital animation projected onto a wall, come from Langford’s experiences of landscapes she has visited.
Beyond Nowhere is at Pataka until July 31.