Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents a solo exhibition, ‘Time Tables’, featuring new works by Bill Culbert.
Culbert’s sculpture demonstrates his inventiveness and illumination; opacity, shadow, transparency and reflection with found material. From suitcases pierced with fluorescent tubes, repurposed furniture, vast arrays of reclaimed plastic containers, Culbert’s works celebrate common things and imbue them with poetic presence. While renowned for his economy, wit, and ‘light touch’, Culbert’s artistic practice also: “conveys an ethical challenge: to be alert, to participate, to converse.” – in the words of New Zealand writer and critic Ian Wedde.
Bill Culbert was born in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1935 and now lives and works in London and France. He studied fine art at Canterbury University School of Art (1953–56) and in 1957 he received a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London, gaining a silver medal for painting. Since the 1960s, Culbert has had more than 100 solo exhibitions at major institutions in New Zealand, England, Europe, the USA and Australia, among many group exhibitions and public commissions. In 2013 Culbert represented New Zealand at the 55th Venice Biennale, his exhibition ‘Front Door Out Back’ was displayed in the New Zealand pavilion, sited at the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà. Notable solo exhibitions include ‘Central Station, The Return’, Andata Ritorno, Geneve (2016); ‘Bill Culbert’, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France (2015); ‘Bill Culbert’, National Art School, Sydney (2015); ‘Light levels’, Château des Adhémar, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Montélimar, France (2014); ‘Bill Culbert: State of Light’, Peer, London (2009); and ‘Bill Culbert: Groundworks’, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2008). Major public commissions include a large neon work for the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Tower in Auckland, and Skyline a 30-metre-long neon installation for the Millennium Dome in London.
‘Time Tables’ is Bill Culbert’s forth solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.