Thursday 5 March, 8:00pm
Friday 6 March, 8:00pm
On the Tuesday 3 March there will be an opportunity for the public to share in the construction of the performance/installation space.
There's a Chris. There's a Kate. There's a water-slide. There's an audience. They make the slippery journey towards you. They try to unfold their stories. They go back. They try again. Back-Yard Oddity considers the nomadic nature of our morality, the sometimes false state of self-identified knowing, and the potential humour that can be found in trying to define it all. Through the vehicle of interdisciplinary performance and live DIY stage craft we will physically band together, disrupt each other's odyssey, and ignore the other entirely as we attempt to both expose and hide the shiftiness of our self-hood.
Warning: may contain coarse language and nudity
The movies that made you cry in the dark and the nights you called God names.
Kirk mixes the aesthetic of sci-fi movies with an ancient relief sculpture style and found objects with handmade: intermarrying different things to contradict the immediate look of the work.
An object is covered with a clay mold, this allows allows him to push plastic toys/found objects into the mold, when this is cast the object/figure presents itself with a type of scarification.
“I noticed how the plastic objects found on beaches were eroding, themselves small monuments, and thought of the eroded detritus entering the food chain: the seafood we consume and the plastic we become.”
There is a clear relationship between classical representation of figure that operates within an historical moment in art history that has passed. The resurrection of these techniques positions itself on a fine line in terms of approach between naivety and intellect.
The work references movie techniques: projection-like streams fanning across the background surfaces. Look closer and you will see little objects morphing from one thing to another, like stills or frames from a film reel. There are little narratives occurring here fusing cinematic dynamics with sculpture.
Kirk Nicholls is the man behind Flamin Dragon woodfire pizza in Whanganui. His unique signature pie with secret sauce and watercress has become a famously popular lunch choice at the Saturday markets.
Originally from dunedin, and the offspring of artists, he wasn't given the opportunity to rebel and become an artist because: “it was like joining the family firm and becoming a plumber.” He wound up in sydney working in the tv/movies sculpting props and magical furnishings for a decade or two Creative pursuits had started early, though. Miniature spaceships, monsters, sets filling the bedroom, brought to life occasionally when early 80's video cameras became available. Creations from this early phase were eventually suspended on wires in the backyard and blown up; stars flickering in the background.
After a decade or so doing movie jobs, commission work in Japan, and traveling around; Kirk wound up in Whanganui with a big warehouse studio space and a focus on making art and pizza.