The Archive Wine Bar, 2015
Wooden pallets, printed corflute, wine bottles
The Archive Wine Bar is a walk-in diorama that takes its inspiration from pop-up roadside cantinas, wunderkabinets (cabinets of curiosity) and paste-up band poster hoardings. It honours our distinctive wine culture here on Waiheke Island.
“Early in the 1990’s I created a fictitious vineyard named 372 ESTATE – after Waiheke’s signature telephone code. Occasionally I would release ‘wines’ inthe form of engraved slate panels. These wall pieces are a riffe on the formal language of wine labels – terroir, varietals, taste signifers et al, as a deviceto explore aspects of the social and natural history of the Hauraki Gulf. The evolution of our wine culture on Waiheke Island parallels the 44 years that I have maintained a house and studio here. Many of the illustrated images inside my wine bar are from artworks now in private collections and include some imaged Gulf News covers.”