Lucky seat prize

Kim Paton / Sandy Gibbs / Spark Festival

  • 12 Aug - 11 Sept, 2013
  • Curated by Kim Paton
  • part of Spark Festival 2013

Lucky Seat Prize - by Sandy Gibbs

Competition and failure: Two opposing poles that open up a space in-between for potential responses. And the potential for both success and failure are palpable at amateur dance competitions. This latest work by Sandy Gibbs, Lucky seat prize, observes the world of suburban tap dancing competitions through the recollections of a local tap dancing family.

Sandy Gibbs is a Wellington-based artist who works primarily in video and installation. Fascinated by how people navigate within, through or around life, Gibbs endeavours to use video in order to draw out the narratives embedded within social, political and economic ideologies. Her practice has quietly grown into one that is thoughtful and research-lead, one in which she gently probes and unpeels layers, the results often a mix of quirky and oddly cinematic.

Gibbs graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 2005, and completed her Master of Fine Arts (with Distinction) in 2012. She has exhibited in a number of group shows, artist film festival and a solo show at Enjoy, Wellington.

Lucky seat prize is the first in a series of new works commissioned for Ramp Gallery exploring traditions of oral history and storytelling, curated by Ramp Gallery Curator, Kim Paton.

With support from the Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design