Boiler room 27/11/2018

Andrew Ross, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2018.
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About the Work
This work was commissioned by the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui for the Gallery's centenary exhibition 'Turn of a Century' shown at Sarjeant on the Quay 7 Sep 2019 - 9 Feb 2020. The photographs were taken prior to the commencement of the redevelopment and earthquake strengthening of the heritage building.

Andrew Ross entered the building before it was completely vacated so what can be seen in his photographs is the detritus of the Gallery's operation - display furniture, crates and elements of the building that would soon be removed, like the spiral staircase that cuaght the eye of Regan Gentry. In his practice Ross's preferred companion is his large format camera which he uses to create his distinctive black and white images. This process requires patience - waiting for the right light and waiting for the right exposure time to pass. Ross is skilled at capturing shadow and light and beautiful architectural details and given that the Sarjeant is renowned for its natural lighting it seemed only appropirate that we asked him to capture one of the more enigmatic and variable elements of the magic of the building.
- Greg Donson, Curator & Public Programmes Manager, exhibition text for 'Turn of a Century' 7 Sep 2019 - 9 Feb 2020.
Image 244 x 95 mm
silver gelatin selenium toned contact print
Black and white photograph showing an interior view of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. View of the space below the gallery floor, underground in the boiler room. A low ceiling frames two large curvilinear pipes emerging from the rectangular box of the boiler unit. Beside the boiler are two 'No Stopping' signs, to the left are two wooden trestle stands, framed by the pipes at the far end of the room is a dark folder with white text on it 'Clairmont', behind which is a stack of cardboard boxes. At the far right of the image is a white brick arch under which is a structure draped in white cloth. Debris and dead leaves are scattered on the floor. At the far left is a switchboard mounted on the wall.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
30 Jun 2022



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