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
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.