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Elisabeth Pointon: What Goes Up.

Elisabeth Pointon Spectacular. 2019. Photo: Kasmira Krefft.
30 Nov 2019 to 5 Apr 2020
10am to 5pm
Satirising stock advertising rhetoric, Wellington artist Elisabeth Pointon has small airplanes tow her generic grand-claim banners: ‘SPECTACULAR.’ and ‘BIG DEAL.’
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
City Gallery Wellington
Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand


For Plane Text in 2012, Art Basel Miami Beach commissioned ‘fifteen of the most seminal figures in text art’ to create text works to be flown behind aeroplanes. Questioning who gets to speak, where, and how, Wellington artist Elisabeth Pointon responded by making her own aerial banners bearing punchy taglines: ‘SPECTACULAR.’ and ‘BIG DEAL.’. Pointon garnered community support to pull off her dream project: roping in friends and repurposing her flat as a party venue for fundraising, working with artist-run-initiative Play_station, and establishing a collaborative relationship with an aerial-advertising-banner-towing company. She flew SPECTACULAR. over One Tree Hill, then BIG DEAL. at Auckland Art Fair. Another text will fly over Hobart’s Hobiennale in November, rounding off a year-long trilogy. Our show features banners and documentation of the performances.

Closed 25th December 2019. 

Written by

City Gallery Wellington

29 Oct 2019

Interests City Gallery Wellington is a dynamic cultural presence in the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand.