From the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
‘…we did talk at length about how people tend to focus on openings and beginnings and seldom consider the way things develop and end – the winding down of a cycle that seems to become an embarrassing afterthought as the biennale becomes an increasingly abandoned ghost town, much like an autumnal decline after the acceleration from spring into summer. When we celebrate an end-point, we acknowledge everything that has happened so far.’
Andrew Clifford ‘Julian Dashper: Nothing is Going to Happen’ 2014
Window Onsite is delighted to present a work by Julian Dashper from the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
As Auckland-based curator Andrew Clifford suggests, this work by Dashper, documenting the final second of the 2007 Venice Biennial, is an exploration of temporality and art world rituals.
The summer period at the university campus also bears witness to the winding down of a cycle, that of the academic year. The quiet buildings make up a ghost town abandoned by its students who have either returned home or gone away on holiday.
Relatively empty and tranquil, the campus becomes witness to Dashper’s work quietly looping and playing in the window, while the link buses slowly circuit past, without passengers through Alfred Street, and the leaves of the plane trees gently rustle to themselves.
Many thanks to Sue Gardiner, Linda Tyler and Fiona Moorhead.
Julian Dashper Untitled (the last second of the last Venice Biennale) 2007-2008
(single channel video, standard definition, colour, stereo sound, 59min 59sec)
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010.
Auckland artist Julian Dashper (1960-2009) was a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts. Dashper exhibited extensively locally, nationally and internationally and his work is included in major public collections in New Zealand as well as in international institutions. A senior Fulbright fellow in 2001, Dashper was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. In 2006 Dashper’s practice was the subject of a retrospective that toured the United States of America.
- Andrew Clifford “Julian Dashper: Nothing is Going to Happen,” Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, accessed 20 December, 2014 http://www.circuit.org.nz/blog/julian-dashper-nothing-is-going-to-happen