steel registration plate
120H x 360W x 6mmD
1 of 2 (One in Artist's Collection)
See: T J McNamara Review NZ Herald 2008 (Bibliography)

Series: The Allegory

A registered motor vehicle plate, Curate abbreviates the mechanics and codes of artmaking into text-speak.  The verb 'curate' refers to the role of developing an art concept or exhibition (usually allotted to a curator) while the noun 'curate' refers to the clergy or priest who brings enlightenment or solace to a congregation (a function ascribed also to the 'prophet' artist).  While bleeding curator and artist, Curate sites the art collector in the driver's seat.  In an imposed collaboration, only one registered plate is released – making ownership and freedom mutually dependant.