PRINT March 1995



WHILE THE PUBLIC galleries and institutions declare new deaths, new purities, new beginnings in art, the Auckland artist-run gallery Teststrip gets down to the dirty business of making art and showing as much of it as possible. Denise Kum, Giovanni Intra, Kirsty Cameron, Guy Treadgold, Susan Hillery, Judy Darragh, Simon Cuming, and Daniel Malone are core Teststrip. They organize the exhibitions, publish the catalogues, pay the rent. “When Teststrip set out on its venture in 1992,” a local writer has said, “it was surreal. Now it has become real.”

Emphasizing this subversive move into reality, Teststrip has recently relocated from the trendy, cafe part of town to K-Road, a strip of saunas and girlie bars. In photography, a test strip is a means of experimenting with exposures, so it seems appropriate that Teststrip should be in a red-light area. Here and at their previous space (which doubled

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