This image has All Rights Reserved.
Please follow the Buy or license link under each image to apply to use this image. (Charges may apply)
Why you need to apply for the use of this image
Rights for this work may be:
- controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders; or
- unclear - Te Papa will do a more detailed analysis of the work’s rights history; or
- covered by Te Papa’s Mana Taonga principle which supports the rights of holders of traditional knowledge to determine how the image may be used.
You need to make sure you don’t infringe on the rights of third parties before you use this image. Our image request process helps with this. Te Papa does not authorise the use of this image beyond the uses allowed by the “fair dealing” provisions of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994.
More information about copyright
We recommend these resources for more information:
- Copyright in NZ - Ministry of Economic Development
- Copyright guidelines and resource - Lianza
- Enabling use and re-use - Digital NZ
Find more information about Te Papa's rights project on our blog, including how rights types are assigned.
Get in touch
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- if you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, or
- if you wish to contact the rights holder for this work. We will assist where we can.
Driver, Don (artist), 1982, New Plymouth
|Medium summary||plastic, fabric, bone, steel, iron, rubber, leather, paint, wood and straw with audio component|
|Materials||steel, plastic, wood, bone, straw, cloth, rubber, iron, hair|
|Classification||sculpture, installations, assemblages|
x 2210mm (Length)
x 2480mm (Width/Depth)
|Credit line||Purchased 1989 with New Zealand Lottery Board funds|
Ritual is a large-scale sculpture by Don Driver consisting of ten 44-gallon drums surmounted by doll figures with goat-skull heads all set on a dray. Hay on the ground completes the work, which has an enigmatic relationship to art and the gallery. As Jim and Mary Barr wrote in 1999: 'Ritual seems to have a more sinister purpose, trekking endlessly through the order and mock neutrality of twentieth century, white cube, art galleries. Somewhere, at some time, these gods took the wrong turn . . .'
Two traditions of art
Two traditions of art meet in Ritual. One tradition is the custom of ritual parades of powerful religious or fetish figures before a crowd of believers - common to many cultures with which Driver is familiar. The other is the modern western art practice of bricolage - the use of diverse objects in art gallery assemblages. Driver's installations often suggest that the functions of the fetish and the artwork are not significantly different from each other.
A controversial work
Driver's Ritual has been a controversial and confrontational work since it was commissioned by the National Art Gallery in 1982. When it was first installed, the gallery's education officer assured visitors that 'The artist insists that the work has no black magic or sinister overtones.' It was also noted that a security guard working in the gallery was in the habit of modestly adjusting the genital-revealing skirts of the doll figures.
Te Papa owns twenty works by Driver, including other installation works and large wall hangings.
Results from DigitalNZ
Searching 27 million digital objects from over 150 content partners across New Zealand
- Rituals - Radio New Zealand
- Ritual - Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
- Courtship rituals - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- ritual stand - Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.