Red Bird Paparazzi
February 23 - March 18 2000
Canadian artist Mitch Robertson made his debut in Christchurch
at The Physics Room and High Street Project as part of a tour that
also included shows in Auckland and Melbourne. Robertson explores
society's fascination with fame in a number of projects, often placing
himself in the role of either the star or the star struck.
In Red Bird Paparazzi, the artist presents a series of photographs
which depict society's fascination with an imaginary world where
convenience replaces reality and everything is immaculately presented.
Referencing common advertisements for tropical countries, fast food
chains and scenic calendars, these postcard friendly images of red
birds in nature appear deceptively perfect. The series draws a parallel
between bird watching and celebrity spotting and merges the opposing
roles of 'movie director' and 'paparazzi', acknowledging the importance
of both in the creation of stars.
The Physics Room would like to thank Air New Zealand for helping
to make Mitch Robertson's visit to New Zealand possible.
Reviews, Essays & Articles
The Press, 2000 Mar. 15, p. 36
Joyriding in the Land that Time Forgot: an installation by KIT;
Red Bird Paparazzi: photographs by Mitch Robertson.