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Task Action: Jim Allen, Bruce Barber, Campbell Patterson

Now on
15 Nov 2016 – 07 May 2017
Free

Bruce Barber, Bucket Action, documentation of a performance at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1973.

Bruce Barber, Bucket Action, documentation of a performance at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1973.

Bruce Barber, Bucket Action, documentation of a performance at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1973.

Bruce Barber, Bucket Action, documentation of a performance at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1973.

Campbell Patterson, Soap Push Ups, video still, 2004

Campbell Patterson, Soap Push Ups, video still, 2004

Task Action brings together the work of three artists (Jim Allen, Bruce Barber, and Campbell Patterson) who have performed relatively simple tasks as sensory experiments.

Each artist is concerned with process and communication, with the experiences that result from attempting to follow a script for their performance actions. Documentary photographs of works by 1970s post-object artists Jim Allen and Bruce Barber are shown alongside a selection of early video works by Campbell Patterson, offering a glimpse of the intergenerational shifts in performance and its mode of presentation.

From the reading of a poem over the sound of chainsaws to the navigation of an obstacle course attired in wetsuit and bucket, or push-ups undertaken on bars of soap, these works are compelling cognitive and physical explorations.