CoCA, Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki is finally open again, with an exciting exhibition titled “Precarious Balance”. I was privileged to be at the launch, and found many of the items stimulating and thought-provoking.
I loved “Something in Waiting” by Zina Swanson. A chain links the ceiling with a coir mat through which a few blades of grass peek. Beside this was a rock with plughole and a four-leafed clover, which fascinated me.
“Calling the Deep” by Joanna Langford was another which caught my eye. Being a possible Philistine, I was reminded of those gnomes with fishing rods you occasionally see in people’s gardens.
“Found objects” by Matt Calderwood had a balance that almost defied belief.
The launch was enhanced by a ballet dancer en pointe, and several acrobatic people.
I’ve heard some comments of disappointment that CoCA will no longer be a dealer gallery, but this new format is a great addition to our central city. CoCA complements the Christchurch Art Gallery, whose multi exhibitions can be overwhelming. “Precarious Balance” is on until 8 May and I plan to go again for another look.
“These installations provoke thought
they’re meant to be enjoyed, not bought.”