TOP HONOURS | BLACK DOOR GALLERY AT RETAIL NZ AWARDS
The annual Retail NZ Awards celebrates the best retailers across the country. Industry judges survey retailers, looking out for outstanding retail experiences.
We are thrilled to announce that Black Door Gallery received both the top honours in the category of Visual Merchandising, and the overall Supreme Award for the small business category.
Greg Harford, Retail NZ’s Chief Executive said of the awards this year: "The Supreme Award winners faced strong competition from other retailers in the nationwide competition to find the best of the best. Retail is a really competitive business, and successful retailers need to offer a great customer experience, innovate continuously, invest in their people and increasingly work seamlessly across digital and physical channels"
A SENSORY EXPERIENCE | JAMES RUSS
Auckland based lighting artist James Russ produces sculptural works that blur the line between fine art and design. Each piece is created to achieve a balance between lighting technology and hand crafted materials.
Russ' latest creation is the Sensory Light. Thin light sweeps in compelling curves which combine modern LED technology with fine art.
The inspiration for the Sensory light came from the trail sparklers leave lingering in the air. An emotive notion for the artist who connects these trails to celebrations with family and friends.
James Russ has installed a beautiful light trail in the gallery that glows in our window, now on show.
View the Sensory light here
BIG THINGS FROM SMALL SCULPTURES | ROBIN RANGA
Congratulations to ceramicist Robin Ranga who was named the winner of the 2019 Small Sculpture Prize People’s Choice.
For the prize, Robin created a ceramic work titled “Are we there yet”, utilising 5 types of clay and delicate surface details. When mounted on the wall the figures give an illusion of walking into the distance.
Robin is attracted to using clay as she sees a connection between the material itself and characteristics of people- durable, malleable, and fragile. She uses this material to explore concepts of home, connection and journeying.
View work by Robin Ranga here