Art good enough to eat up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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