Style: November 01, 2019


STYLE | art 39

Vicki Smith and Anthony Genet


Nelson-based artists Vicki Smith and Anthony Genet

are combining their talents in a collaborative work

call Burning Time. Vicki has a long interest in old and

new technologies, specifically around navigation, and

Anthony has a history of working with glass and neon.

Their installation is a heliographic instrument, styled on

the Victorian meteorological machine, the Campbell-

Stokes recorder. An optical glass orb mounted on a

brass stand will be placed on the crest of a hill where

the brass and glass will glint in the sunlight, recording

sunlight hours on a light-sensitive cardboard strip.

“These instruments are still in use in weather

stations around Aotearoa, although increasingly

being replaced with digital recorders. Our machine is

created from recycled brass and copper and bits of

an old boat. A light-sensitive cardboard strip records

a daily transcript of sunshine hours collected through

the focusing effect of a blown optical glass orb.

“We understand, from historic records, that we

are now in pivotal times for acting for our continued

existence. We invite viewers to consider their actions

in our changing climatic times.”

Graham Bennett



Graham Bennett has been exhibiting and selling sculptures

for more than five decades. His Sculpture on the Peninsula

contribution this year is based on a motif from a 500-yearold

triptych by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch known as

The Garden of Earthly Delights. The central panel of the oil

depicts surreal elements linked by a network of waterways.

A group of young women, standing knee-deep in a pond,

are surrounded by symbols of corruption and greed.

Graham collected water from five polluted lakes – Te

Waihora (Lake Ellesmere), Waikare, Whangape, Waiwera

and Rotorua – and has created

five vessels on plinths to

represent each one.

“My work has the vulnerable

group standing in five

hemispheres, each filled with

polluted water. I have replaced

seven spoonbills on the heads

of the figures in the original

artwork with bitterns (matuku),

an endangered wading bird

found near Te Waihora. The

green rim on each bowl evokes

the circles of irrigation that

contribute to the degradation

of our waterways, and

challenges our ‘100 per cent

pure’ halo. A jar containing lake

water is fixed to the base of

each stand.”

The imagined end product of Burning Time and a

prototype construction of its top section.

These and many other works

will be available for sale at

Sculpture on the Peninsula,

Loudon Farm, 8–10 November.

Journeys of

the heart

– Clare reilly

19 October – 19 November 2019

“The call of the light reveals an illuminating path.

Not merely to survive but truly thrive.

Now dance me into a fresh dawn

of hope and possibilities on these

Journeys of the Heart.

I’m over the moon to be alive.”

‘Leaving the Pleasure Garden’ by Clare Reilly

Open 7 days | Main ROad, akaROa HigHway

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