Commissioner: Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery
Deputy Commissioner: Heather Galbraith, Head of the School of Fine Arts, College of Creative Arts, Massey University
Curator: Justin Paton, Senior Curator, Christchurch Art Gallery
Acclaimed sculptor, photographer and installation artist Bill Culbert will represent New Zealand at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Culbert (b. 1935) is a maker of elegant, poetic, and often dazzling sculptural installations that harness the qualities of electric light and make striking use of found materials. From suitcases pierced with fluorescent tubes, to chandeliers of repurposed furniture, through to vast arrays of reclaimed plastic containers, Culbert’s artworks celebrate the qualities of common things and invite us to pay fresh attention to the world they come from.
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