Acclaimed New Zealand born, France based artist Bill Culbert has brought his distinctive fluorescent and light works to Australian shores as part of Sydney Festival, presented by the National Art School.

The exhibition of 27 works follows the stand-out success of his installations at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art and marks Culbert’s largest solo project in Australia to date.

A highlight of the 2015 Sydney Festival visual arts program, the exhibition presents a selection of Culbert’s installation and photography drawn from the past 35 years, including the more recent Pacific Flotsam (pictured) on loan from Christchurch Art Gallery.

Alongside the eddy of fluorescent light and plastic containers that is Pacific Flotsam, visitors can also see Strait, a line of milk bottles pierced by a single horizontal fluorescent tube, as well as recent sculptures and wall works. Prompted by the New Zealand pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art the National Art School Gallery activates Culbert’s light sculptures placing the work within the historic architecture of the gallery.

Working with found materials and everyday sources of light, Bill Culbert creates illuminated environments that radiate energy and simplicity. His art brings elegant formality to the chaos of everyday experience, inviting us to revalue familiar things and focus our perceptions.


Where | National Art School Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

When | January 8 – March 7, 2015

More info | Sydney Festival


Image: Pacific Flotsam, 2007. Fluorescent light, electric wire, plastic bottles. Christchurch Art Gallery. Photo: John Collie