Troubles de la croissance (der ursprung des pendels) by New Zealand artist Oscar Enberg is the latest to occupy Auckland Art Gallery's Edmiston North Sculpture Terrace.
This site-specific work transforms the North Terrace into a kind of rooftop utility zone, with its double chimneys seeming to funnel out energy from the working Gallery below. Caught among Enberg’s chimneys are a cast of other objects, which appear in a state of suspension. Two of these are replicas of works once exhibited at the Gallery – Jean Arp’s Croissance (Growth), 1938 and Max Ernst’s Der Ursprung des Pendels (The Origin of the Pendulum), 1926 – and on the reverse of the far chimney a variety of clocks reference the Albert Park clock museum nearby. Working in this manner, reminiscent of the Surrealists’ evocative use of free association, Enberg constructs a fresh sculptural narrative.
Thanks to Quake Proof Chimneys for their support in realising this project.
The ongoing series of sculpture commissions by New Zealand artists is proudly supported by the Chartwell Trust and the Contemporary Benefactors. Previous artists in the series include; Kate Newby, Sriwhana Spong, James Oram, Mladen Bizumic, Seung Yul Oh, and most recently, John Ward Knox.
Troubles de la croissance (der ursprung des pendels) 2016 (installation view)
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2016
- Curated by
- Natasha Conland
- North Sculpture terrace, Level 2