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its like now

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

ITS LIKE NOW installation, Artbox Lantern Gallery

50 portraits, 150 paintings and an ‘animated painting’

The year-long Christchurch ‘portrait’ project began with the nationally touring 5 billboard and postcard exhibition, Wish You Were Here, seen in Auckland Wellington and now Christchurch. Its like now installation presents an incomplete portrait of some of the Christchurch arts community, warmly acknowledging the tireless, often faceless workers who make up this recovering city’s creative arts community in a self-selecting, non-hierarchical, and entirely democratic collective portrait.

An invitation to submit a 30 second video ‘selfie’ was sent out to artists, writers, curators, museum directors, gallerists and gallery workers, paid and volunteer. The selfies ranged from the conceptual to the serious and playful, and provided engaging raw material for the work. Everyone who responded is represented.

its like now installation: 50 portraits, 150 oil on board paintings and an animated painting (above)

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10 postcard edition printed by Phantom Billstickers