Taking the bull by the horns

International award winning NZ sculptor Gill Gatfield has been invited  to show work in two world class arts events this year - the Venice Architecture Biennale (26 May - 25 Nov 2018) and A’18 the American Institute of Architecture Expo in New York (20-23 June 2018).

Gill’s elegant minimalist artworks are packed with meaning and often use rare stones and timbers unique to Aotearoa. Her work is held in collections worldwide. For the Venice Biennale, Gill is making a new stone sculpture that pushes boundaries aesthetically and technically. It will be displayed for six months on San Marco Canal in the Giardino della Marinaressa, a park between the Arsenale and the Giardini national pavilions, and will be viewed by an estimated audience of 300,000. Working with a team of NZ’s leading fabricators and engineers, Gill’s aim is to spark interest in NZ creative, design and build capability.

The Biennale provides the perfect context for showcasing Gill’s work at A’18 in New York in June. This key event in the international architecture and design calendar will be attended by 20,000 delegates from the US and 85 other nations. One of only six artists being presented at A’18 by an international public art network, Gill’s unique abstract conceptual practice will be presented in video, images and small sculpture at the Javits Centre, Manhattan.

In pushing creative and technical boundaries, Gill Gatfield is ‘taking the bull by the horns’, a nod to Parekowhai and a Picasso riff, and especially on point for New York!

Taking the bull by the horns