Veronica Herber: Site Unseen

The distinctive 1960s architecture of Ceramco House will be the canvas for award-winning artist Veronica Herber’s cascade of colour, which will flow around to our adjacent gallery.

Made with creative input from Year 10 art students from Kelston Girls’ College, and covering a large section of a 13-metre high external wall of historic Ceramco House, Herber is set to depart from her signature net motif, as she shifts everyday industrial forms from banal to intriguing through her use of geometry.

Herber who is just back from the hugely successful Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney, sees this as a chance to directly involve the community with her work and to draw attention to the positive changes in New Lynn, which the council and local community have worked hard to rejuvenate.  

Site Unseen is expected to take hundreds of labour hours as well as over a kilometer of masking tape to complete. Why? Because Herber feels rewarded when people see something they can’t make sense of for a moment, “because in that moment they too are thinking like an artist.”

Herber’s minimalist abstract drawings are held by both the Chartwell Collection and the James Wallace Arts Trust. She has exhibited at sculpture shows on the North Shore, Waiheke Island, and twice in Australia. Over 500,000 visitors saw her latest ephemeral masking tape installation piece at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney last month, (October – November 2013).

06 December - 26 January 2014

Find the exhibition catalogue with text by Deborah Rundle here.