LANDFILL publication launch 2pm 11/2/23 at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

A Gallery Presents a General Edition publication ‘Landfill’ using a 1999 copy of the Otago University Arts Journal ‘Landfall’ as a template. Dunedin artist Jay Hutchinson worked with designer Gilbert May to design and produce this limited edition publication.

Hutchinson’s art practice involves photographing and collecting trash from the street, finding compositions in the discarded, forgotten and thrown away. After a piece of trash is collected from the street it is printed on fabric and slowly hand stitched, recreating rubbish into elaborate textile works.

‘Landfill’ contains a selection of Hutchinson’s work spanning the last six years presented in the style and format of the ‘Landfall’ publication. The publication includes short stories, essays, found objects and poetry blended together with risograph duotones.

The writers and contributors include Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Sarah McClintock, Michael Steven, Richard Reeve, Gilbert May and those who have have dropped countless empty beer cans, lolly wrappers, greasy boxes and other miscellaneous objects.

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Conceived as a two-year project, ‘a gallery’ opened in February 2011 at 393 Princes Street, Dunedin and closed in September 2012. Strategically placed south of the center of town nestled between tattoo studios, sex shops and a needle exchange. What was integral in the selection of the gallery space was that it would be able to be viewed from the street through the street level floor to ceiling windows. This would allow the artists showing to be exposed not only to viewers visiting the gallery, but also those walking past, as a gallery was to represent artists that did not fit within the commercial gallery context or the so called experimental project space’s, this would be the best way to expose a particular group of artists selected by gallery curator/manager Jay Hutchinson, artists he respected and admired and felt were not being represented in the gallery scene at the time.

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