Home Sweet Home
Works from the
Peter Fay collection
11 October 18 January 2004
Port Chalmers New Zealand 1935
Yellow still life 1989
plastic containers on found tin box with electric lights
28.0 X 23.0 X 21.5 cm
PF Bill Culbert’s light box is interesting, because the yellow in it is a very intense yellow, which reminds me of the reflector pieces that Rosalie made so famous.
It’s also three or four found objects; an old biscuit tin, a soap dispenser, and oil dispenser and a yellow cup, with two of them inverted with a light source under them. And they just glow like the sun. They have sense of light emanating from them.
And it is a theme that runs through this collection; it’s the way in which the found, the discarded; the refuse of life… the detritus… There are artists out there who can turn that so simply, at just a turn, into something that is so beautiful and is so poetic, and never attempting to disguise what those objects are.
And you can see a sense of age, and mark, and use in this particular piece and yet it transcends that, and creates [its] own magic, [its] own poetry, without attempting to subvert the elements therein.
And that is the magic; that is artifice of art, and it’s right in front of you, and you can see it happening, and yet it’s such a delicate and such a rare touch, when it does happen, and I think it happens mightily, in this piece.