The Britomart Arts Foundation commissioned German artist Ines Tartler to develop a new art installation called Auto Garage. The project was presented in the car parks at Britomart and was curated by Rob Garrett. The art work had a unique public participation aspect to it in which car park patrons were offered the opportunity to ‘host’ the art works on their cars.
WHAT IS AUTO GARAGE?
Auto Garage 2009 marks Ines Tartler’s debut in New Zealand and was the artist’s first project in the southern hemisphere.
For the Auckland presentation of Auto Garage 2009, Tartler was invited to present three golden car covers in the Britomart car park.
Patrons of the car park were invited by a pair of attendants to ‘host’ one of the car covers on their own car while it is parked, and thereby become part of the Auto Garage concept and project. Each person’s participation was documented and each received a memento of their involvement, including a photograph of them with their car and with Auto Garage installed on their car.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ines Tartler is an outstanding German installation artist and public art practitioner based in Berlin.
Ines has exhibited extensively throughout Europe since 1998. Her site-specific projects and
installations have occupied public spaces, galleries and museums in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and Japan.
-PHOTO MONTAGE OF PARTICIPANTS-
Created 05 May 2009