The Rick Rudd Foundation Annual Installation 2015 - 2016 ENDED

Post date: 25-Oct-2015 22:43:40

"Where the Wild Things Live" by Blue Black.

As a process-driven maker, what I do with clay starts with foraging in friends’ compost bins, gardens and recycling collections. Like a little pack rat I drag collected things back to the studio, such as flowers, vegetable and plant roots, and a range of man-made materials and objects like egg cartons, clothes, foam, insulation and bed springs. I dip them in special clay slip adding layer upon layer of clay.

This work is generated from a place of making. I just do, and in the doing, ideas and reasons for producing the work evolve during the process. It’s not until assembling the work that it fully takes shape.

Blue Black


Blue Black

Blue Black was born in Christchurch in 1957. He had a variety of jobs in horticulture and factories, all the time taking part in creative endeavours.

He joined a beginners course of pottery with Margaret Riley in the late 1980’s and in 1991, after three years of study, he gained a Certificate in Fine and Applied Arts at the Whanganui Regional Community Polytechnic. In 1994 he gained a diploma in Ceramic Arts, plus an Honours year at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.

He holds a BFA and MFA from the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin and was awarded the Otago Polytechnic Education Foundation Award, 2010 for Outstanding Achievement. He completed his Masters with a show against the grain, at Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin.

In 2008 he was a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, Auckland and in 2009 he was a finalist for the Anthony Harper Award, COCA, Christchurch and part of a group show In From the Garden, Objectspace, Auckland.

In 2013 he collaborated with Desi Liversage to form a body of work, Hurry Up & Wait, a collision of clay and crochet. The show was held in Wellington and Dunedin as part of the fringe festivals. He was also a finalist in the Central Otago Art Gold Awards and ILT Annual Art Award, Invercargill.

Blue was the winner of the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award, Hawera and a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Award in 2014. He also held a solo show, Earthmovers, at Mint Gallery, Dunedin.

In 2015 he was part of a group show Three Lazy Gardeners at the Depot Artspace, Devonport, exhibited, Fallout in the window gallery at Objectspace, Auckland and completed this project, Where the Wild Things Live for Quartz.

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Photos courtesy Richard Wotton

Above left: Flower Stand

Above right: House of bricks

Below left: The Gang

Below: middle: installation view

Below right: Climbing the Walls