The camera is trained on the exterior of a dairy; adorned with graffiti, faded magazine covers and handwritten signs, the only window covered in security netting. The viewer is positioned across the pavement, directly in front of the store. Strong shadows fall across the building facade, reducing the scene to a series of lines; its linear nature evocative of Robin White’s Fish and chips, Maketu (1975). But this is not one of the diminutive buildings that populate the provincial New Zealand landscape of White’s painting. This is a distinctly suburban setting. This is the Surrey Crescent Dairy.
Entering the Surrey Crescent Dairy is part of a larger series of works within which Dawson Clutterbuck investigates his own local landscape – exploiting habitualised activity in order to explore the creative potential and latent performative aspects of the everyday. Located outside the entrance to the gallery, this work lends itself to the architecture of the site, playfully engaging with this transitional space.
Dawson Clutterbuck (b.1987) received his Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland (2011). His work has featured in a number of exhibitions, most recently in Just Plain Interesting at George Fraser Gallery, Auckland (2011); Field Essays at 155 Karangahape Road, Auckland (2011); and in the online gallery of Window (2010). Clutterbuck was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award, and his work included in an exhibition at the Waikato Museum, Hamilton.
23 June–15 July 2012
Entering the Surrey Crescent Dairy 2010
Duration: 1:27 minutes, looped
Courtesy of the artist