Monday, December 17, 2007

Animal takes over small gallery

A Mammoth has taken over the running of a small gallery in Auckland. Mobile Gallery Unit staff were last seen laying out hay on the floor of the gallery. A gallery assistant was overheard saying 'I knew something like this was going to happen'.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sweet Content

ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
O sweet content!
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplex'd?
O punishment!
Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vex'd
To add to golden numbers golden numbers?
O sweet content! O sweet, O sweet content!
Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
Honest labour bears a lovely face;
Then hey nonny nonny—hey nonny nonny!

From 'Sweet Content' , by the Elizabethan poet Thomas Dekker.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Lights. Camera. Christmas.

MGU continues it's community entertainment program with a few fairy lights. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

NASA not impressed

Photo: Naomi Service

Relationships with NASA strained this morning as argument raged over the usability of cardboard, tape and string in space.
MGU is relying on the testimony of a three year old boy from Germany, who made the shuttle the other day in his bedroom.
Initial claims that he had also discovered alien life were dismissed when this turned out to be his little sister.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Down Stream

In the quest for more mobility, MGU has designed and crafted its very own raft. Due soon to carry the hopes of art downstream.

Monday, November 19, 2007

"Dabbling with Reality"

In a new relationship with partnership organisation NASA, MGU is pleased to present its first endeavour into Virtual Reality. The caravan interior has undergone what can only be described as major re-fit, and pilot training will commence in the caravan this week!

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Slave Caravan

"Nor was there a sound, nor a voice, or a cry, or the faintest murmur in The Desert, save the heavy dull tramp of our caravan: all else was the silence of death!"
Robinson, James. Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara Page 70. M.D.CCC.XLVIII.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mobilis Galleria Unitensii

[photo: Ms Laycock]

Knee deep in volcanic ash, Anthropologist Ms Laycock discovered the tracks of MGU.
"Mobilis Galleria Unitensii was here!" she exclaimed.

Monday, October 15, 2007

MGU meets MPU

Distant relatives meet.
A moment of recognition.
Future together unclear.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Caravan left behind, maybe next time says NASA.

Months of negotiating ended today as the rocket left Earth without MGU attached by towbar.
"Nevermind", said one gallery assistant to the other.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Curators find 'gold'

Curators stormed a caravan park in search of contemporary art. They did not leave empty handed!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Ladies Out For Winter

Eating apples and Sunday get-aways were part of our summer routine. The winter came. We were ruthlessly interrupted, forced into hibernation. But the grizzly bears are stirring once more!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Small Sculpture Gets Art Historians Going

Art Historians were quickly called to the scene as a small sculpture was found stuck to the outside window of the gallery. The historians muttered for some time before announcing that it was a critique of what Freud called the 'Oral' phase. The implications, they said, would be very hard to swallow.

Gallery Chalks Up Chalk

MGU was re-discovered this morning by a vigilant parking warden wielding chalk. Gallery Assistants are still decoding her message. Some have called the chalky scrawl an art review. Others are determined it is a work of art. The parking warden would not comment on either accusation, and advised the assistants to move MGU within seven days, AND get a current WOF.

Friday, April 20, 2007


A prominent physicist visited MGU last week. The professor conducted an experiment whereby the gallery disappeared into a puff of smoke. Poof!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Naked Lady Eats Apples

To celebrate Easter MGU invited a dear friend to perform in the nude. The uninhibited lady lay on the mattress provided, nonchalantly ate the apples, and threw the cores out the window. Magnificient!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sea Captain comes to rescue

MGU made a new friend today. Upon docking at its home destination the gallery assistants were greeted by the Sea Captain. Friendship blossomed.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Hooligans vandalise gallery

Gallery assistants' premonitions came true this morning. Gallery walls were crudely tainted. Offenders, come forward!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Angry onlooker breaks glass

Conflicting reports were received this morning about MGU's broken window. One witness claims to have seen a well dressed man in his early fifties tiptoe up shortland street and hurl a ginger beer bottle through the window of the gallery.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Thank-you Gus Fisher!

It is not easy to find a car park in the city. MGU is grateful to Gus Fisher for letting us park MGU outside his building. We understand the carpark is available to us from March 9 until March 23. During this time the vehicle will be stationary. The door will remain closed. The light will be on. The supporting struts [2] will be lowered to the ground. The wheel locks [2] will be locked. All MGU staff will be relieved from their duties.
Public! Keep an eye on our caravan!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Gallery Assistants drift off

Understimulated Gallery Assistants reported today that while at work they seemed to drift off into what can only be described as "la la land".

Critics say "The Art Is Too Good!"

Critics of MGU were in uproar at the latest exhibition that they have labelled as "Too Good". They said the art was so good that it had become sickening. The critics said that while they recognised it as being 'very good contemporary art', the fact was that it repelled them, and many critics were seen limping away from the confused gallery assistants.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Gallery involved in drive-by

MGU was invited to Coromandel Town where the assistants drove the gallery up and down the main street for 1 hour on a Sunday afternoon. This type of art action has come to be known as our Sunday-Drive. On this occasion, cafe dwelling holiday-makers and local residents peered up from their plates to watch the performance that we repeated 15 times for their viewing pleasure. The gallery was invited to display itself especially for the leisure class who were seated at cafes all along the road being served one of the meals that they would eat that day. As is the habit of the leisure class, the meals are the main occupation of the day, occuring 3 times, or 5 times for those who indulge in morning and afternoon tea as well. It was designed to be a funny parade, with the gallery pacing up and down the street, slowly, and very very seriously. There is no telling what affect this action may have had, or will have on the population of Coromondel Town, now, or in the future.

Friday, March 2, 2007

MGU holds major retrospective

In another of our summer exhibitions a prominant Auckland artist had an exhibition in MGU that can only be described as a major retrospective.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Sculptures Disturbed After Hours

During a recent exhibition at 'Hot Water Beach' some drunken teenagers arrived outside gallery hours to view the art. They sat for some time in their van getting more drunk and listening to music in preparation for visiting the gallery. One by one they came to visit. The first drunken youth tried to climb on the gallery roof, before abandoning that plan to peer through the windows. At this time the gallery was exhibiting one very angry sculpture and one very sleepy sculpture. The angry sculpture got very angry. The next visitor was a young girl with a flashlight, and she decided to make a lightshow inside the caravan. The next morning the gallery moved on to another location.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wet togs act as criticism

In a recent exhibition in MGU an unidentified artist hung their wet togs to dry. The exhibition lasted for 24 hours, and left many wondering whether it was some sort of commentary on New Zealand contemporary painting.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gallery defends itself against 'porn studio' allegation

Dear [name withheld],

We are glad you received our letter about the 'Mobile P Lab', and must disappoint you again, the 'Porn Studio' stickers were another joke from our sticker happy neighbours.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Neighbours stick stickers

Dear [name witheld]

While the sticker on the window said 'Mobile P Lab', this was just a prank from one of the neighbours, we are not selling or supplying 'the dreaded p' and the 'Mobile P Lab' is not for rent.


Monday, February 19, 2007

Artist uses friends

Dear [name withheld],

We were very glad to hear that you had some portraits of your friends "kicking round" and that you wanted to "make a quick buck", and to respond to your query about whether MGU would be the place to "hock them off", the firm answer is no.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Artist's proposal for artwork not good

Dear [name withheld],

Thankyou for your lengthy submission for an exhibition at MGU.
It was not good.
Wish you luck.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Artist has mess in mind

Dear [name withheld],

We are rejecting your application to "just come and make a mess" in the gallery on the grounds that there is already enough shit that has been presented as art.

Warm wishes,

Friday, February 16, 2007

Artist takes holiday in MGU

Dear [name withheld],

We are very pleased that you would like to borrow MGU strictly for holidaying purposes, we understand that sometimes everyone needs a break from art.

Happy holidays,

Hard core conceptual artist makes head ache

Dear [name withheld],

While we admire your rock hard stance on hard core conceptual art, we read your application and all simultaneously developed a headache.

Best wishes,

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Grandiose stroke theory

Dear [name withheld],

We at MGU are reeling after your application to exhibit with us. While the large expressionistic brushstrokes you mention do sound impressive, we feel only a much larger gallery could really do justice to what you call your 'grandiose stroke theory'.

Kind Regards,

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Artist/Astronaut proposes gallery sent into space

Dear [name withheld],

We very much enjoyed your idea to send MGU to the moon! We found your diagrams and schematics very compelling, and with all your experience at NASA we are sure a rocket with a tow-bar will be an asset in space.

Talk soon,