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Michael Parekowhai

Kapa Haka (Maquette)

2014
automotive paint on fibreglass, edition of 100
410mm x 125mm x 100mm

Provenance

Private collection, Auckland.

Exhibitions

The Promised Land, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, 28 March – 21 June 2015.

Literature

Michael Parekowhai, Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land (Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2015), 48, 88.

Collections

Another from the edition held in the collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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.