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Michael Parekowhai

Messines

2001
c-type photograph, edition of 8
1550mm x 1250mm

Note: From the series The consolation of philosophy: Piko nei te matenga.
Provenance

Private collection, Auckland.

Exhibitions

Another from the edition included in 13th Biennale of Sydney: (The World May Be) Fantastic, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 15 May – 14 July 2012; The Promised Land, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, 28 March – 21 June 2015.

Literature

Ewen McDonald ed., 2002 Biennale of Sydney: (The World May Be) Fantastic (Sydney: Biennale of Sydney, 2002), 151.; Michael Parekowhai, Michael Parekowhai (Auckland: Michael Lett, 2012), 50-51, 303. Michael Parekowhai, Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land (Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2015), 74.

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.