Steve Carr


Tyson by Steve Carr

Artwork Detail

Steve Carr's short films show him enjoying himself. They are about how he gives and takes his pleasure. He hands out ice creams as Mr Whippy. He plays cowboys and indians with little kids and lets them win; they tie him to the clothesline and squirt him with water pistols. He has a pyjama-party pillow fight with cute young girls, and demolishes an old van with skater-boys. In scuba gear, he checks out bikini babes treading water. Tyson, a motionless movie, has him on all fours in a Mexican standoff with a dog over a drool-drenched tennis ball. Tyson left his ball on the ground to tempt Carr, assuming the artist would value it as highly as he does. Carr plays along. Neither will move first, remaining frozen, locked in an endgame scenario. Carr mocks man's best friend and empathises with him, sharing in Tyson's pleasure. (Snake Oil, 2005)

Steve Carr
Production date
single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, silent
1min 59sec
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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