A recent feature in the ‘Unnerved’ exhibit celebrating the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s contemporary art at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), this bunny was the perfect muse for testing the series of lenses in the brilliant ‘Hipstamatic’ photographic iPhone app. I was also enamored by their interesting background…

When Michael Parekowhai proposed that two of his gigantic inflatable rabbits be shown together, in Christchurch, there was a torrent of public complaint. The horizontal bunny (not seen in my photos) with one eye closed, a lolling tongue and looking either drunk or dead, was supposed to have been lying in the middle of the historic Cathedral Square, with its seven-metre-high brother peering at it from beside the Anglican cathedral. The argument appeared to centre on what constituted good art, with the work’s more sinister allusions to colonial history sidelined. Whatever the reason, the rabbits — named Cosmo McMurtry and Jim McMurtry — were firmly rejected as suitable emblems in this most symbolic part of the city.

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    2 Comments on Cosmo and Jim

    1. Karen Hoult
      March 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm (7 years ago)

      As to the question of “what constitutes good art” … I was interested to learn that the opening of David Walsh’s world class Mona Gallery (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart has sent art curators around the world back to the drawing board. Check it out http://www.abc.net.au/rn/artworks/stories/2011/3126060.htm

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