Bill Culbert transforms ordinary objects into thought-provoking artworks. He encourages the viewer to appreciate the poetry and beauty of everyday items, like these plastic bottles. Handy Andy is a popular New Zealand brand of household cleaner.
Writers have commented that for Culbert, light is both a subject – the illumination of everyday objects – and a material – in this case, a fluorescent light tube.
Culbert is New Zealand’s representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale, a major international exhibition of contemporary art. Te Papa holds a number of his works, including collaborative projects with artist Ralph Hotere. One of these, VOID, is located at the centre of the Te Papa building.
This text was prepared for the Collecting Contemporary exhibition, February 2012.