“Today I’ve declared all rusty obsolete machinery and buckled weathered timber, corrugated iron, old rope, lead paint, binder-twine, cobwebs, rotting citrus, old boxes and cotton reels to be the holy grail of the vernacular culture” – Nigel Brown
In Search of the Vernacular is the first in a series of publications presented by Depot Artspace documenting a developing quest to uncover Aotearoa/New Zealand’s rich, diverse, evolving and distinct cultural identity.
The quote above is an extract from champion explorer of vernacular identity, artist Nigel Brown’s written contribution to In Search of the Vernacular. Nigel also created the cover art for this publication, beautifully presented on heavy 100% recycled ‘Kraftpak’ stock.
Inside this unique collaborative publication 89 full colour pages record individual explorations of vernacular culture by multiple contributors including: Barry Brickell, Nigel Brown, Dean Buchanan, John Coutts, Mia Hamilton, Luke Jacomb, Brendan Kitto, Debbie Knowles, Sue Lorimer, Ruth McDowell, Helen Pollock, Marie Potter, Maree Scarlett, Richard von Sturmer, Alex Taylor, Denys Trussell, Alice Tyler, Celia Walker, Ruby Watson and Darian Zam.
Limited numbers of the full colour, first hand numbered edition of 100, are available for $40.00 from the Depot Artspace.