|Assessing the physical condition of Ascents and Descents in Realtime, 2008 by Alex Monteith|
My role is to scope the collection, assess the condition of the artworks and prepare a methodology for adequate documentation of future acquisitions. This includes exploring maintenance issues and working with the registration team to insure all relevant information is entered into Vernon, the Gallery’s collection management system.
I am currently undertaking a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. Although I am interested in all aspects of conservation, I would like to direct my studies towards the conservation of modern and contemporary art. My thesis will compare strategies employed by international organisations when collecting, storing and presenting time-based artworks.
Prior to commencing postgraduate study I was a practising artist making installation art with an electronic and/or digital component. I also have extensive voluntary experience working within contemporary art organisations, such as Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, and artist-run spaces, including Format in Adelaide.
The term ‘time-based art’ refers to artworks that are dependent on time for the maturation or completion of the experience. Relevant media includes audio, video, film and installation art. Auckland Art Gallery currently holds close to 300 time-based artworks. Although artwork is evenly distributed across production year, the acquisition of time-based artwork continues to grow. This is greatly influenced by the Chartwell Trust’s collection, which is cared for by the Gallery.
As shown in the chart below, 39% of all time-based artworks in the Auckland Art Gallery and Chartwell Trust collections is digital. In this context, the term ‘digital’ is used to describe audio on CD, single and multi-channel video installations. Although some work may have specific installation instructions, the presentation of audio and video work is fluid and greatly influenced by curatorial direction.
|Distribution of time-based art|
|Ronnie van Hout, Drunk Chimp, 2002|
|Jake Walker, Landscape Painting 4, 2011|
|Bill Culbert, Flat Out, 2009|
|Paul Cullen, Geographer (2), 1995|
Ronnie van Hout
Drunk Chimp 2002
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Landscape Painting 4 2011
paint on laptop
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2011
Flat Out 2009
wood, glass, fluorescent tubes and electrical cable
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2009
Geographer (2) 1995
metal chair frame, globe, motor, electric cord
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2010