J.D.Gilmore (ANZAC Day exhibition)

Main Gallery April 15th - May 11th 2011


"MY BROTHERS AND I WERE BORN WITHIN A DECADE OF WORLD WAR TWO ENDING. WE GREW UP RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE IN OLD ARMY GEAR PLAYING WITH WHAT OUR FATHER BROUGHT BACK FROM THE WAR. AS A CHILD I BUILT PLASTIC MODELS OF WAR PLANES. AS MY OWN SONS GREW UP SOME OF THESE CHILDHOOD THINGS WERE REVISITED. PARTLY THEN, THIS WORK BECOMES AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL.

I HAD A LARGE BLANK CANVAS AND WONDERED WHAT I COULD PUT ON IT. THE THOUGHT OCCURED TO ME THAT A SPITFIRE CLIMBING IN THE CORNER WOULD LOOK COOL, WITH ONE OF THOSE WONDERFUL NEW ZEALAND SUMMER BLUE SKIES THAT WE GREW UP WITH. THE RECOGNITION LETTERS BECAME MY INITIALS. I BOUGHT PLASTIC MODELS AND BUILT, PAINTED, PHOTOGRAPHED AND DOWNLOADED THEM ONTO THE COMPUTER, THEN WORKED OFF THE PHOTOS AND THE MODEL ITSELF. I DIDN'T WANT THEM TO BE REAL, BUT REMAIN AS MODELS. THE PROPELLERS AREN'T TURNING AND THERE ARE NO PILOTS IN THE PLANES.

GEORGE AND THE DRAGON ARE ALSO PLASTIC MODELS, BOUGHT FROM THE WAREHOUSE. EVERYTHING IS ONE STEP REMOVED FROM THE REAL OBJECT. EVEN THOUGH THE BUILDINGS EXIST AND ARE NOT MODELS THEY HAVE UNDERGONE A DIGITAL PROCESS.

I HAD GOLD AND SILVER LEAF LEFT OVER FROM MY TIME AS A SIGNWRITER AND WANTED TO DO A PAINTING BASED ON THE STORY OF GEORGE AND THE DRAGON USING THESE MATERIALS. IT SEEMED TO FIT NICELY INTO WHAT I HAD STARTED DOING."

J.D.Gilmore April 2011

this image gallery shows a selection of the work in the exhibition

 


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