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Michael Parekowhai

Acts

c. 1993
lost wax bronze cast
80mm x 140mm (overall)

Notes This work relates to the larger sculpture Acts. (10: 34-38) “He went about doing good.”, which is held in the collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki (purchased 1993).

Provenance

Private collection, Auckland. Acquired from Michael Lett, Auckland, c. 2005.

Essay

There is a tension in Michael Parekowhai’s practice between the highly polished finish of his work and the unsettled and restless histories to which his objects and images ref...

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by Julia Lomas

There is a tension in Michael Parekowhai’s practice between the highly polished finish of his work and the unsettled and restless histories to which his objects and images refer. Viewers familiar with the recently installed sculpture of Captain Cook (The English Channel, 2017) within The Lighthouse on Auckland’s waterfront will have been struck by its high gloss surface. The body of this perfect, mute figure silently reflects the space around it, holding its site and audience in unflinching regard. Three earlier works from Parekowhai’s oeuvre, a maquette from the Kapa Haka series (2003), Messines, from The Consolation of Philosophy: Pik0 nei te matenga (2001), and Acts (from the body of work Acts 1993-2015), are equally as seductive and as challenging.