An exhibition of works by Auckland sculptor Barry Lett is to open at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, Manukau City from 23 April.
The wooden constructions Aeroplanes and Clouds 1986 is a Sculpture Court installation of four large works made by the artist in 1986. The ideas behind the works partly reflect Barry Lett’s reaction to his move to Wellington, where the works were made and first shown at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.
The large planes and clouds derive from their dominance of Wellington’s skyline. These sculptures reflect both the physical presence and the metaphysical of relationships to land and flight. Lett says of his work, ‘I like idea of using ordinary techniques in the art situation.’
Barry Lett has been a major contributor to the development of New Zealand contemporary art. He was the co-director of an early Auckland dealer gallery and has also been involved in art education through the Auckland Society of Arts and the WEA. He has had a number of solo exhibition since 1978 with painting, drawing and sculpture as the main focus of his work.
→ A modest way with art, New Zealand Herald, 20-05-1993
→ Sculptor inspired by wind, Eastern Courier, 05-05-1993