Fresh from The Matrix
Behind the scenes
Right on time for the opening at 209 Tuam Street tonight of the Glen Hayward/Yvonne Todd combo White Collar, the courier's just dropped off a box of City Gallery's fresh-from-the-printer catalogues about Glen's work.
The catalogue (which, I ought to parochially add, is part supported by Christchurch Art Gallery), documents the installation in Wellington this year of Glen's latest 'undercover' sculpture, a hand-carved and -painted recreation of the famous office cubicle environment from the opening scenes of the movie The Matrix.
As WCG's Aaron Lister points out, "in the film, the cubicle doesn't really exist. It is part of an illusionary world designed to trap humanity within a dream state. In the making of the film, the cubicle used was no more real. Rather, it was a prop that looked like a cubicle, and likely no more functional than Hayward's wooden version. The cubicle you encounter in the show then is a replica of a replica of a replica, portraying something that never really existed."
In Christchurch, of course, Glen's play on reality and illusion looks interesting for other reasons too. Displayed in a temporary gallery that was formerly a real office environment, his phantom cubicle also resonates with the changing spaces of post-earthquake Christchurch, where many offices, vacated and demolished, can now be reconstructed only in memory.
Glen will talking on Saturday at 209 Tuam Street , as will Yvonne Todd. She's on at 11; he, 12.