Ack and Other Abdications
Ack and Other Abdications documents and considers the life of one sculpture, Ack – at once vast ice-flow and intestine that appeared first at Artspace in Auckland in 2006, was reworked for the Auckland Art Gallery in 2008, a showing that won the artist the Walters Prize.
The bulk of this 164-page book is devoted to full-colour documentation of the sculpture in its various iterations and a body of unexhibited paintings. The remainder features writing by Dan Arps, Matthew Crookes, Fiona Gilmore and John Ward-Knox, Gwynneth Porter and Laura Preston. The writing considers the sculpture at a temporal remove and considers its gross materiality and its abdications in the context of his wider practice.
Texts by Dan Arps, Matthew Crookes, Fiona Gilmore and John Ward-Knox, Gwynneth Porter and Laura Preston