You're probably already familiar with the work of prolific Christchurch artist, Mark Catley. His giant paste-ups featuring surreal over-sized childhood toys and iconic pop-culture images have been a welcome addition to the street-scape of post-quake Christchurch. Several have featured as part of the First Thursdays Chch programme in the past!
His bold, playful paste ups are something that just anyone can relate to, with the aim of evoking nostalgia, joy and surprise. For Dreamscapes, Catley is treating us to a special view of the originals via a playful installation that explores ideas on consumerism, meaning, memory and multiples.
This more intimate approach introduces the audiences to a single action figure that has been collected by the artist 101 times. This action figure is a cherished, childhood object from the artist. It’s importance grew immensely once his father passed away 6 years ago and he began to compulsively collect the figure over and over again. Installed inside a jewellery cabinet at Westende Jewellers, the preciousness of this object is reflected and able to be reflected upon.
On view for one night only.
Many thanks to Westende Jewellers for hosting this work.