A Tragic Delusion
Deanna Dowling, Tomas Richards, Cobi Taylor, Robyn Jordaan
With Adrian Hall, Kim Pieters, Nick Knox and Stuart Griffiths
Blue Oyster, Dunedin, 5 – 29 August 2015
An exhibition responding to artists working outside the gallery system, A Tragic Delusion brought together four emergent practitioners working in sculpture, installation and performance to explore ‘artist-run’ exhibition ideals that existed outside of the gallery system in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and seemed to have disappeared almost entirely from the Dunedin art community today. Using an empty loft space in Dunedin’s ‘warehouse precinct’, a derelict area that has hosted countless artistic activities in the past forty years, the exhibition rejected conventional gallery space and offered it up to be absorbed into a broader city-scape, creating a less conventional exhibition across multiple sites. A weekly public programme of live performance, archival film projection and open conversation responded to the premise of the exhibition, which was to introduce young artists to the city’s artistic history. This programme presented a range of established artists who have worked in the field of experimental performance in Dunedin since the late 1960s.