SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT (Solo Show) View Catalogue
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ, 25 February - 14 May 2023
Shape Up or Ship Out takes the iconic shipping containers that dominate Tauranga’s local port as a point of departure, with the long and narrow nature of the gallery itself enhancing this reference. Visual symbols of bar codes, logos and QR Codes are combined and remixed with national and maritime flags to encompass the wider language of the global shipping network. While the exhibition’s title makes a direct reference to this initial inspiration for the show, Darragh also uses it to address the reality of being an artist and the associated
‘hustle’; it is his continued work in commercial design that funds his career as a practicing artist.
- Serena Bentley, Curator, Tauranga Art Gallery