Judy Millar at 53rd Venice Biennale 2009
Giraffe Bottle Gun at the Venice Biennale, La Maddalena, Venice.
7 June - 22 November 2009
Gow Langsford Gallery is proud to support gallery artist Judy Millar who, along with Francis Upritchard, is representing New Zealand at the Venice Biennale 2009.
Take a virtual tour of Judy Millar's exhibition Giraffe Bottle Gun here.
Judy Millar has 'taken over' the interior of the Neo-Classical structure La Maddalena, the only circular church in Venice, designed by Tommaso Temanza and built in 1780. The largest piece in Millar's exhibition, sited in the centre of the church, is a painting in the round, bulging and intruding into the viewer's space in three dimensions. In other parts of the church oddly-shaped canvasses will lean against the walls, stretching their elongated necks to the ceiling, making obvious their temporary placement in Venice and their provisional relationship with this place of worship and belief.
The generous and unusual physical dimensions of La Maddalena allows a full play of spatial disruptions, dislocations and inversions. A large visceral image surges and loops around the circular space, channeling the path of the viewer and establishing views and vistas around and across the architectural space. Tensions between notions of inside and outside, large and small and real and illusionistic space unfold.
See more information about Millar's project Giraffe Bottle Gun and Francis Upritchard's Save Yourself at the official New Zealand at Venice website and Creative New Zealand blog.