29 July - 31 August 2000
Jim Speers may be known for his lightboxes, but in the last year or so he has moved from creating discrete objects to creating environmental, like the huge perspex pavilion he made for his 1999 United Foods show at Waikato Museum of Art and History.
Speers describes Tiffany’s Kyoto as, 'a fantasy exterior/interior, a place you imagine yourself being—your personality extended by taste in every direction, from the surfaces you touch to the air that you breathe'. Speers’ glass partitions, mirror wall, fairy-lit tree, plywood origami sculpture, sea of pristine white oil barrels, and looped Western soundtrack offer a distilled, refined, almost religious atmosphere. Perhaps the piece recalls the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden, which most visitors experience from the safety of the foyer, as framed, mediated by glass. Perhaps the title suggests the mandarin Tiffany’s shop window displays of Gene Moore relayed through Asian affluence.
For Stella Brennan, the project conjures up 'the glamour of international winter, the winter they dress for on catwalks'. Speers, currently Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University, would approve. He likes his works to court associations you can’t quite put your finger on, trapping you in the moment before you name it and nail it.