Blue Oyster Art Project Space director Jamie Hanton (left) watches artist Max Bellamy editing his video work in Dunedin yesterday ahead of exhibiting his work in Sweden next month. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A Dunedin artist is heading off to the ''Supermarket'' in
Video artist Max Bellamy is one of 88 artists from 32
countries who will exhibit at the ''Supermarket''
international art showcase in Stockholm next month.
The invitation was extended to Dunedin's Blue Oyster Art
Project Space two years ago and accepted this year after
financial assistance from the Swedish International Artist
Residency Organisation and Dunedin arts supporter Jan
Warburton. Mr Bellamy's short video work was shot in Curio
Bay on Monday and Tuesday this week.
''I'm still deciding on a title for it,'' the 25-year-old
''It's based around a Department of Conservation field worker
in a caravan in remote Curio Bay. He's thinking about his
future and what he wants to take into that future. It plays
out a scenario of isolation and communication,'' he said.
''It has been a challenge, because I don't know the Swedish
audience. I imagine they will bring their own preconceptions
about New Zealand to the work.''
Mr Bellamy is the only New Zealand artist exhibiting at the
''We wanted Max to go because he's a very professional and
proud Dunedin artist,'' Blue Oyster Art Project Space
director Jamie Hanton said yesterday.
''His work deals with globalisation and isolation, which is
something we share with our Scandinavian friends.''
Mr Bellamy and Mr Hanton will travel to Sweden next month for