Timely dis­play of these clocks

Whanganui Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL BROOKS

The last ex­hi­bi­tion at the soon-to-close Expressions Gallery in Guy­ton St is a timely one.

Steve Selfe of Expressions has teamed up with per­ma­nent Expressions artist-in-res­i­dence Peter Shep­herd and a num­ber of fel­low artists to present an ex­hi­bi­tion of un­usual ob­jects and bad puns.

Did you ever wonder what hap­pened to Grandma’s clock, the one that sat over the fire­place and chimed all too of­ten?

Old man­tel­piece clocks, about 24 of them, dat­ing from the 1940s and 50s, form the cre­ative nu­cleus of a quirky show en­ti­tled It’s About Time.

It hap­pened be­cause Steve was at an auc­tion and there were a lot of clocks.

“No-one was bid­ding, so my hand went up ev­ery time there was a $5 clock,” he says.

The clocks, now fit­ted with mod­ern in­ter­nal machin­ery, went to some Whanganui artists who used them as the can­vas on which to cre­ate some­thing won­der­ful — artists like Judy Flatt, Tina Drayton, Chris­tine Haber, Sue Kumeroa, as well as Peter and Steve. Fel­ter Karen Work­man cov­ered one of her clocks in felted de­signs and had what look like pipe clean­ers spi­ralling from the top. She called it Spring Time! Mo­saic artist Louise Herd­man also did two clocks, one of which is rem­i­nis­cent of a Bri­tish de­signer of the 1960s — she’s called it Mary’s Quan­tum Leap.

Peter Shep­herd cleft his clock in two and cre­ated two works of work­ing art. An­other clock he cov­ered in

Viet­namese bank notes — Time is Money.

Joe Yates took her clock and added skele­tons and scary stuff, call­ing it Dead on Time. Deb­bie Shep­herd turned her clock into a sew­ing kit — A Stitch in Time! Ross Fallen cov­ered his clock in lit­tle black in­sects and called it Time Flies.

Clock art and bad puns make an ex­hi­bi­tion to appeal to ev­ery­one.

Whanganui’s art deco man, Roger Mar­riott, worked his art deco magic on some clocks, call­ing it Time for Change — Se­ries.

Steve turned one into a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a teapot, us­ing pewter spout, han­dle and lid, call­ing it Tea Time ,of course.

Look for the clock called Clock­work Or­ange! One clock is cov­ered in real Oa­maru stone and Lizzette Brit­ton’s Star Wars cre­ation will as­tound.

“The only cri­te­ria was you were given a clock,” says Peter. “All it had to be was a work­ing clock. No other rules. And that gave peo­ple a lot more free­dom. It’s go­ing to be a very im­pres­sive ex­hi­bi­tion.”

“This will at­tract peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally go into a gallery,” says Steve. All clocks are for sale.

“It’s such a good con­cept that we’ll prob­a­bly do it again at Red Door,” says Peter. Steve is go­ing to join Peter’s Red Door Gallery in Pu­tiki, a co-op­er­a­tive of mixed me­dia artists. It’s About Time starts on Novem­ber 2, with an of­fi­cial open­ing on Novem­ber 1.

“I moved to Whanganui on Novem­ber 1, 2014,” says Steve. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Novem­ber 17, from 9.30am un­til 4pm ev­ery day ex­cept Sun­day. Expressions closes af­ter a brief sale be­fore the new ten­ant takes over on De­cem­ber 1.


Steve Selfe (right) and Peter Shep­herd with a se­lec­tion of clocks in their It’s About Time ex­hi­bi­tion.

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