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DIVING BOARD
installation reconstruction - 1998




Groundswell: Avante-garde Auckland 1971-1979 - 2018-19

All lines Converge - 2016-17

Action replay: Post-Object Art - 1998
Photograph: Bryan James 
Diving board
exhibited in various group shows since 1998

The scene in which I find myself/Or where does my body belong 2019-20
Collection as an artwork - Govett Brewster Art Gallery by artist Ruth Buchanan



Groundswell – Avante-garde Auckland 1971-1979
Auckland Art Gallery 2018-19
Diving board, Auckland Art Gallery

GROUNDSWELL REVIEW


All Line Converge 2016-17
Some Lines Through the Archive – Woman in (and out) or the archive

GOVETT BREWSTER ART GALLERY

Viewfinder 2006
Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Heatwave 2001
Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Action replay: Post-Object Art 1998
Govett Brewster Art Gallery

Acquired for permanent collection GBAG
(board reconstructed – tank original)


DIVING BOARD

installation 1972      

'Diving board is primarily a visual statement that the spectator can confront and relate to in a direct physical sense, board to chest, and empty tank to groin. The 4'6" high concrete steps and the glass tank are linked across the space by the cantilevered hessian-covered board. The chest-neck board height gives the feeling of just about being out of one's depth; taking a decisive step and going by the board. The board erotically projects outwards just missing the tank. The glass tank is an obvious back-flipped reflection of the solid concrete steps. It also thrusts upwards and outwards then stops erect, on clean-cut stainless steel legs at thigh height. With cold formality three graduations of sand blasting matter-of-factly imply different water levels'. (CM)
Its literal existence evokes the preconceptions of the viewer about the object. I was interested in upsetting the preceiver by the strange scale, dryland format and the physical tensions of the materials against the implied activity around the image.
From:

new art
Some recent NZ sculpture and post-object art
edited by Jim Allen & Wystan Curnow
Pbl Heinemann (1976)