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Young artists break gallery window for new exhibition

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

For their upcoming exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, two ambitious young artists are only doing one thing to an otherwise empty gallery: breaking a window. The aim of the project? To start a conversation about what art can be.

The exhibition, titled Heart of Glass, takes its name from Blondie’s 1979 hit single "Heart of Glass". As both artist and musicians, the duo are interested in the idea of nostalgia. By looking back to the 1970s era of disco, new wave and rock n’ roll music, Isabella Dampney and Theo Macdonald hope to connect to a bygone radio era. As part of the project, they’ll be recording their own cover of "Heart of Glass" they hope will broadcast on local radio stations (download or stream here).

As Dampney and Macdonald state:

"One of the hardest things about choosing to make contemporary art is the knowledge that your work will never be as widely distributed as Debbie Harry's."

"Heart of Glass' ushered in a new era of popularity for Blondie, much as we hope this broken window will usher in a draft."

Curator Sophie Davis thinks exhibition will raise some interesting questions for the public, stating:

"Bella and Theo are playfully thinking about how people relate to and understand contemporary art-which tends to be viewed with a certain kind of humour or even suspicion-compared with, say, pop music. Rather than being confined to a gallery space, their work puts the emphasis on conversation."

The artists will be in Wellington from the 13 - 15 of March and are available for interviews in Auckland prior to this time.

Heart of Glass

Isabella Dampney and Theo Macdonald

March 15 - April 7, 2018

Opening: Wednesday March 14, 5:30pm

Enjoy Public Art Gallery

1/147 Cuba St

Wellington 6011

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