Better Work Stories (He Patu! Ano)
Cast aluminium, custom automotive enamel
650mm x 550mm x 50mm approx. when installed
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof
Trust Waikato Art Collection; Private Collection

The Beat Goes On – Emil McAvoy’s ‘Better Work Stories’

It may be best to begin framing this work and its contexts by referring to the accompanying catalogue (above), with essays by Emma Bugden and John Minto.

This work premiered as a finalist in the Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award judged by Leonhard Emmerling.

An edition of the work was concurrently posted for sale on Trade Me as another conceptual dimension to the public project. Through the question and answer function of the site members of the public were able to post comments and questions to discuss the work with the artist and each other.

The item was sold to a private collector who as a young punk had been beaten by police with the long baton, as it was often referred to during the 1981 Springbok Tour when first introduced to the New Zealand public. The work also drew inspiration from recent historic police rape cases involving the long baton. The proceeds from the online sale were donated to Women’s Refuge. The edition exhibited at the award is now owned by the Trust Waikato Art Collection.

This work was also shown in ‘NZ Condition: Framing of the Nation’, an exhibition of works from the Trust Waikato Art Collection, guest curated by Karl Chitham:

A revised publication is forthcoming in 2013, documenting this original work, the online discussion and media reportage it generated, along side other works in this series.