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Simon Denny - The Founder's Paradox

15 December 2018 – 28 April 2019

Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


Installation view of The Founder's Paradox at Michael Lett Gallery, 18 November - 22 December 2017

Simon Denny’s work, Operation, 2017, in the Chartwell Collection, is on show at Christchurch Art Gallery as part of a solo presentation by the artist until 28 April 2019. Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox sees the Berlin-based New Zealand artist using the visual language of board games to reflect on competing political visions for New Zealand’s future within a volatile social climate destabilised by new technologies. Writer Anthony Byrt interviewed Denny about the wider project.

In the resulting article, published in the gallery’s B.194 Magazine in November 2018, Byrt describes Denny’s use of the language of board games to create ‘not just sculptures but working prototypes: games that could, theoretically, be played… a giant version of Jenga and a series of woven rugs based on Twister. Unusually for him, Denny also placed himself front-and-centre: making a life-size self-portrait based on the game Operation, from which players could remove all the accoutrements of a young tech-obsessed artist: a VIP conference pass; a bag of nootropic white powder; a vaporiser; some Bitcoin,” Byrt writes.


Simon Denny, Operation (detail), 2017. Resin, polystyrene, New Era cap, Adidas mesh long-sleeved t-shirt, Nike Free footwear, acrylic paint, gaming cable, wood, Apple earbud headphones, customised T800 Terminator 2: Judgment Day figurine, fidget spinner, iPhone 5, Kindle Paper, various New Zealand coins, novelty Bitcoin ornamental coins, custom lanyard, nootropic powder in plastic zip-lock bag, Nike bootstraps.
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2017

See the full interview here: https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/194/power-play

Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox
15 December 2018 – 28 April 2019
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/194/power-play
Image Caption: Simon Denny Operation (detail) 2017. Resin, polystyrene, New Era cap, Adidas mesh
long-sleeved t-shirt, Nike Free footwear, acrylic paint, gaming cable, wood, Apple earbud
headphones, customised T800 Terminator 2: Judgment Day figurine, fidget spinner, iPhone 5, Kindle
Paper, various New Zealand coins, novelty Bitcoin ornamental coins, custom lanyard, nootropic
powder in plastic zip-lock bag, Nike bootstraps. Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o
Tāmaki, purchased 2017
Simon Denny’s work, Operation, 2017, in the Chartwell Collection, is on show at Christchurch Art
Gallery as part of a solo presentation by the artist until 28 April 2019. Simon Denny: The Founder's
Paradox sees the Berlin-based New Zealand artist using the visual language of board games to
reflect on competing political visions for New Zealand’s future within a volatile social climate
destabilised by new technologies. Writer Anthony Byrt interviewed Denny about the wider project.
In the resulting article, published in the gallery’s B.194 Magasine in November 2018, Byrt describes
Denny’s use of the language of board games to create ‘not just sculptures but working prototypes:
games that could, theoretically, be played… a giant version of Jenga and a series of woven rugs
based on Twister. Unusually for him, Denny also placed himself front-and-centre: making a life-size
self-portrait based on the game Operation, from which players could remove all the accoutrements
of a young tech-obsessed artist: a VIP conference pass; a bag of nootropic white powder; a
vaporiser; some Bitcoin,” Byrt writes.
See the full interview here:
https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/194/power-play
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