While in Auckland over the weekend, Leg of Lamb caught Bill Culbert’s latest show at Sue Crockford. The mix of photographs and sculptures could have done with a little more breathing space, but the works themselves are excellent. Culbert presents a series of photographs of old wine crates, scavenged from his local tip in the South of France. One suite is presented in portrait format, the other in landscape. Mounted on dibond, the matt finish of the photographs amplifies the texture of the wooden crates while the uniform, sequential nature of the series promotes their formal properties.
The accompanying Light Level works featuring fluorescent tubes upon modest rectangular frames playfully engage with the tenets of minimalism. But rather than succumbing to high formalism completely, Culbert instead reminds us of the everyday. The tubes sit atop grubby window frames, domestic emblems that disrupt a purely formal reading. The horizontal positioning of the tubes suggest glowing horizon lines, and within the bright gallery space, the panes reflect our world back upon us.
Bill Culbert, Light Levels, Sue Crockford Gallery, 2C Endeans Building, 2 Queen Street, Auckland, until May 21st.