Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Michael Parekowhai - Maori Hall

Michael Parekowhai

Maori Hall
5 Edinburgh St.
Newton, Auckland

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 February 2008
Open 12-6pm Daily
Opening reception 6pm Tuesday 19 February


Michael Lett is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Michael Parekowhai at the Maori Hall.

Michael Parekowhai’s inflatable sculpture Jim McMurtry will fill Newton’s historic and neglected Maori Hall. Initially conceived in 2002 as a fibreglass monument for Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, Jim McMurtry was commissioned as an inflatable for the 5th Gwangju Biennale in 2004. Jim McMurtry has previously been exhibited at Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2006); Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2006); and Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch (2007).

Parekowhai's narratives can be complex; he draws on an abundant range of both vernacular and collective vocabularies which he re-manufactures into the narrative structures and formal languages of his work. Although key themes of his practice could be described as deliberate takes on notions of introduced species and culture, any potentially overt political dimensions, however, are downplayed. Ideas of camaraderie, tools of teaching and childhood learning, as well as quotes from the canon of modern art history and popular culture openly play out in many of Parekowhai's stories. While his work is often described as emphasising the extraordinariness of the ordinary, each body of work has layers of potential for meaning and significance – they are open to any depth of interpretation and storytelling.

Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary practitioners. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, his work is held in all significant public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia, as well as many important collections worldwide. Michael Parekowhai graduated with a BFA (1990) and MFA (2000) from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts, and in 2001 was awarded Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION