Ryan Ballinger has an exhibition “Ankles Tied” at the Lopdell House gallery (offsite@New Lynn) as well as this installation entitled “Runners High” outside Lopdell House Titirangi. On August 23 there will be a performance “Trust Exercise #1” in which the artist will be running the distance from the offsite location of the Gallery in New Lynn to its new home site in Titirangi (the green bits behind scaffolding in the picture above – hopefully all scaffolding and stuff will have come off by then); guided by walkie-talkie controlled by the curator (who said things have to be simple?).
“Ryan Ballinger was born to two internationally elite athletes; Paul Ballinger, who currently holds the NZL marathon record (2:10:15) set in 1982; and Brenda Ballinger, who represented NZL in several women’s relay teams in Oceania and Asia. Ryan has exhibited in solo and group shows in Auckland, Wellington and New Plymouth. One of New Zealand’s new and exciting artists, Ryan Ballinger’s art practice builds upon a lineage of performance based art practices from American artist Paul McCarthy, German artist Christian Jankowski and Berlin-based New Zealand artist Alicia Frankovich.”