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Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection
11 October – 18 January 2004

Bill CULBERT | Yellow still life | 1989
Bill CULBERT
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

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PF Bill Culbert´┐Żs 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.