Institute of Modern Art
13 September — 11 October
A recent quitter, Auckland artist and Whitecliffe Faculty Steve Carr presents three videos about the allure of cigarettes, childhood, and dubious parenting techniques. In Smoke Train, a young mother entertains her daughter by modifying a cigarette pack so it can be used to puff out smoke. We are drawn to this nostalgic, loving scene (Carr’s mother showed him the trick when he was a child). However, smoking around children has become a social taboo, and there is something disturbing about the way the woman inducts her little one into the filthy habit. Carr is represented by Michael Lett, Auckland, and Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne.