• James Charlton

Testing the limits interactive art, James Charlton presents THROWN, a major new installation at Te Uru this spring. A series of free-standing mechanical structures will populate Gallery 1, programmed and loaded with hundreds of yellow tennis balls ready to be released into the air and collected intermittently by a team of voluntary agents.

THROWN challenges visitors to think of their own position within the exhibition, as they stand in the designated strike zone and dodge flying tennis balls. This exhibition will throw your sense of what art is, asking if you are: the audience, participant, performer, or object?

The exhibition also extends to Gallery 1’s Small Space, where visitors can view Charlton’s recent video work Catch 32 Bit (2014), and Te Uru’s street-front window where visitors can find Deuce (2020). This a 3D printed action-form resulting from gestures made using virtual reality modelling. An all-ages educational weekend workshop will address this work, more information coming soon.

James Charlton (b. 1961, Hampshire, UK) is an Auckland based multi-disciplinary artist and Senior Lecturer in Sculpture and Post-digital practice at Auckland University of Technology. Charlton’s is interested in object-based sculpture, stereo-lithography, installation, interactive screen-based and performance work. He holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts (1982), MFA from the State University of New York as a Fulbright Scholar (1986), and a PhD in digital materiality from Plymouth University, UK (2017). During his time in the United States, he exhibited and lectured regularly before returning to Aotearoa in 1991. Recent international projects include: Rebound at KARST, Plymouth (2017); Catch | Bounce at LJMU, Liverpool (2017); Three Action in 56 Bytes in Berlin (2014); Waiting event: 64 bytes in Lisbon (2014); iForm in Boras (2011) and Inside Out in Australia and UK (2011). Recent NZ exhibitions include: Body Tok Quintet with Phil Dadson at Pātaka, Te Manawa and Otago Museums (2012), Scape 7 (2013) at Forrester Gallery (2015); Snowball Fantasy at Te Tuhi (1996).

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