ART NEWS, WINTER 2016
The Magic of Don Driver
A rare insight into New Zealand art practice is revealed in a documentary film
“Opening with an intimate scene of the artist creating a collage in his garage studio, Don Driver Magician reveals the enormous scope of the artist’s output and the concepts underlying his creative practice. Planned as a short piece to record the With Spirit exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Gallery in 1999, it became the definitive biopic of this enigmatic artist’s life and work.
Narrated by Elizabeth Smither, New Plymouth novelist, poet and life-long friend to Driver, the film examines Driver’s work in relation to the 20th century movements that influenced him – pop, op, minimalist abstraction as well as the earlier modernist movements of dada and cubism. Driver’s engagement with American art, including neo-dada assemblage, helped deliver New Zealand art into a new phase. His critical practice cuts across specific movements, highlighting the thematic threads that run through the works and speak to us in the contemporary moment.”
Don Driver Magician, directed by Paul Judge and produced by Paul Judge and Bridget Sutherland is available on DVD from govettbrewster.com/shop