East and Bays Courier : October 31st 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Art in the Dark returns By KARINA ABADIA AN ILLUMINATED helium balloon will be led through the crowds by a dancing astronaut during Art in the Dark at Ponsonby’s Western Park from November 13 to 16. The concept is the work of Drus Dyden who is stoked to be among the artists and performers taking part in the fifth annual free event. The Parnell resident will carry a music system and follow behind friend Nic Boyce who’ll be dressed as an astronaut. The biggest challenge for the 34-year-old will be navigating his way through the crowds. ‘‘I’m quite shy. One reason I haven’t gone to Art in the Dark for the last couple of years is that it’s overrun by people. It’s quite an intense experience.’’ Dryden has had a varied career. He started out in advertising by working in unpaid positions here and overseas. He become frustrated with his job while living in New York and decided to change tack. He worked for an artist who was commissioned by luxury glass manufacturer Swarovski to hang a chandelier above a piranha aquarium in Miami. It was his job to source the piranhas. ‘‘It was my dream job really. It’s so eccentric. You Beautiful scene: Artist Lara Thomas’ work, called Lily of the Valley, at last year’s Artin the Dark. know you’re calling Miami to ask about piranhas.’’ Piranhas are banned in the United States so they had to settle for a vegetarian relative of the fish called a pacu. He returned to New Zea- land and self-published a book about working for free called Male Submissive Needed. ‘‘It was cathartic in that I got to write about a lot of these slightly iffy situations that had happened to me.’’ Dryden launched his own business with the website sensitiveboyfriend.com in 2008. The original concept was to sell ideas to production companies but it evolved into a retail and gift service. His most popular design, the dreamy pillowcase, is typically bought by people looking for a Valentines Day present. Cheap imitations of the pillowcase popped up in the United States and on a Chinese soap opera. ‘‘It’s a weird mix of flattery and anger when that sort of thing happens. Someone in China is producing tens of thousands of the pillow cases and I’m selling four.’’ The website doesn’t quite pay the bills so Dryden still does freelance advertising work and the odd acting job. He loves the challenge of coming up with ideas so it’s inspiring to rub shoulders with other artists taking part in Art in the Dark, he says. ‘‘It’s good to meet some of the other artists. Their ideas are so grand and it’s great being able to see what’s behind them.’’ ❚ Go to artinthedark.co.nzfor information. Otherworldly:DrusDryden is showcasing his performance work calledMoon Balloon at Artin the Dark fromNovember 13 to 16. Police investigate armed robbery By EMMA WHITTAKER Abar owner is shaken but gettingon with business after being robbed at gunpoint. Two men forced their way Moving on: Banque Sports Bar and TAB is open again after an armed robbery. into the Banque Sports Bar and TAB, St Heliers, when owner Lionel Flashman opened the door to put out rubbish at about 11pm on Saturday. They were wearing balaclavas andarmed with black handguns. Flashman was the only person in the bar. He stood against a wall and the intrudersweregone within two minutes, he says. ‘‘It was over pretty quick,’’ Flashman says. He wasn’t injured but a large sum of money was taken. The bar was open again on Monday. ‘‘We’re boxing • 13 Diverse and distinctive Waiheke gardens • Inspiring properties, stunning coastal landscapes • Waiheke Art in the Garden & Art Auction Friday 7 November • Island wine, olive oil & other gourmet treats • Massive Plant Sale After Labour Day 2-Day Pass Tickets $35 Tickets on sale: SeaLink Half Moon Bay, Waiheke Take Note, Fullers Matiatia, Waiheke Marketplace (cash only).Waiheke i-Site & Online at www.iticket.co.nz on the best we can,’’ Flashman says. Police are lookingfor two men believed to have been involved. They were wearingdark clothing, are believed to be about 25 andwere of slim to medium build. ❚ Contact police on 302 6400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information. This is a self-drive event so bring the car over! SeaLink Packages $185 Early Bird $205 Full Price For more details www.sealink.co.nz Photo: KARINA ABADIA Tickets on sale NOW!
October 29th 2014