Philip Trusttum talks with Rodney Wilson for the Cultural Icons project, on the eve of the first complete survey of his oeuvre and book launch at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre (on until 29 January 2012. www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz).
Rich with reminiscences from these two ex-Christchurch University students (Philip and Rodney studied art together in the 60’s), the conversation also covers Philip’s early influences and experiences at art school where he was taught and mentored by Rudi Gopas; the ‘mood of music’ in his work; his ties to Christchurch; the effects the earthquake has had on him; and the long-time collector/artist relationship between Philip and Sir James Wallace (who is the most significant collector of Philip’s work, acquiring over 200 pieces over the last 40 years).
This interview features the godfather of contemporary sculpture in New Zealand, Greer Twiss.
Rodney Wilson interviews Greer and the two traverse his remarkable career, from puppetry to art school, teaching and the development of his sculptural practice which spans over 50 years.
Cultural Icons interviews/programmes coming up:
- CK Stead interviewed by Hamish Keith
- Peter Scholes interviewed by Denys Trussell
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