Michael Parekōwhai

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Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, Do you feel it the way I do?, 2015, aluminium, automotive paint, oak, brass, 880 x 2430 x 670 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Over the Rainbow, 2015, fibreglass, automotive paint, 420 x 170 x 105 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The Far Side (detail), 2011, aluminium, automotive paint, fibreglass, dimensions variable

Michael Parekōwhai, Chapman’s Homer, 2011, bronze, stainless steel, two pieces: 2510 x 2710 x 1750 mm, 560 x 870 x 370 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Constitution Hill, 2011, polychromed bronze, 1100 x 350 x 350 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The World Turns, 2011-12, bronze, 4.88 x 4.56 x 2.93 m, GoMA, Brisbane

Michael Parekōwhai, Kapa Haka, Installation view Michael Lett, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai
Ten Guitars, Installation view, Artspace, 1999

Michael Parekōwhai, Fish Alley, 2001, C-type colour photograph, 1550 x 1250 mm, from the Series The Consolation of Philosophy: piko nei te matenga

Michael Parekōwhai, The Consolation of Philosophy: piko nei te matenga, Installation view, Govett Brewster, 2004

Michael Parekōwhai, My Sister, My Self, 2006, fibreglass, mild steel, wood, automotive paint, 2700 x 1500 x 1000 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, (The world may be) Fantastic: 2002 Biennale of Sydney,
Installation view, 2002

Michael Parekōwhai, Jim McMurty, 2004, Installation view, Christchurch Public Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Michael Parekōwhai
The Indefinite Article,
1990, Installation view, Flight Patterns, The Geffen, MOCA, Los Angeles, 2000

Michael Parekōwhai, Nine Lives, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai, Atarangi, 2001, powder-coated aluminium, 200 x 800 x 100 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Axe II, 1993, wood, enamel paint, 2840 x 900 x 400 mm (each)

Michael Parekōwhai, After Dunlop, 1989, polished oak and kauri, 1400 x 630 x 300 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, Do you feel it the way I do?, 2015, aluminium, automotive paint, oak, brass, 880 x 2430 x 670 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The Far Side (detail), 2011, aluminium, automotive paint, fibreglass, dimensions variable

Michael Parekōwhai, Constitution Hill, 2011, polychromed bronze, 1100 x 350 x 350 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Kapa Haka, Installation view Michael Lett, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai, Fish Alley, 2001, C-type colour photograph, 1550 x 1250 mm, from the Series The Consolation of Philosophy: piko nei te matenga

Michael Parekōwhai, My Sister, My Self, 2006, fibreglass, mild steel, wood, automotive paint, 2700 x 1500 x 1000 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Jim McMurty, 2004, Installation view, Christchurch Public Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Michael Parekōwhai, Nine Lives, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai, Axe II, 1993, wood, enamel paint, 2840 x 900 x 400 mm (each)

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Michael Parekōwhai draws upon an abundant range of both vernacular and collective vocabularies in his work. He re-manufactures these lexicons into complex narrative structures and formal languages, exploring perceptions of space, the ambiguities of identity, the shifting sensitivities of historical memory and the fluid relationship between art and craft. Ideas of camaraderie, tools of teaching and childhood learning, as well as quotes from modern art history and popular culture, also play out in many of Parekōwhai’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 Parekōwhai was born in Porirua, New Zealand in 1968, of Maori (Ngati Whakarongo) and Pakeha descent. Parekōwhai graduated with a BFA (1990) and MFA (2000) from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts, and in 2001 became an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate. Notable exhibitions include a recent retrospective at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (2015), the Asia Pacific Triennial (2006-2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2004); Sydney Biennale (2002), Headlands, MCA, Sydney (1992). He currently holds the position of Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Auckland and lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.

 
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Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, The Promised Land, Installation view, GoMA, Brisbane, 2015

Michael Parekōwhai, Do you feel it the way I do?, 2015, aluminium, automotive paint, oak, brass, 880 x 2430 x 670 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Over the Rainbow, 2015, fibreglass, automotive paint, 420 x 170 x 105 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The Far Side (detail), 2011, aluminium, automotive paint, fibreglass, dimensions variable

Michael Parekōwhai, Chapman’s Homer, 2011, bronze, stainless steel, two pieces: 2510 x 2710 x 1750 mm, 560 x 870 x 370 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Constitution Hill, 2011, polychromed bronze, 1100 x 350 x 350 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, The World Turns, 2011-12, bronze, 4.88 x 4.56 x 2.93 m, GoMA, Brisbane

Michael Parekōwhai, Kapa Haka, Installation view Michael Lett, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai Ten Guitars, Installation view, Artspace, 1999

Michael Parekōwhai, Fish Alley, 2001, C-type colour photograph, 1550 x 1250 mm, from the Series The Consolation of Philosophy: piko nei te matenga

Michael Parekōwhai, The Consolation of Philosophy: piko nei te matenga, Installation view, Govett Brewster, 2004

Michael Parekōwhai, My Sister, My Self, 2006, fibreglass, mild steel, wood, automotive paint, 2700 x 1500 x 1000 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, (The world may be) Fantastic: 2002 Biennale of Sydney, Installation view, 2002

Michael Parekōwhai, Jim McMurty, 2004, Installation view, Christchurch Public Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Michael Parekōwhai The Indefinite Article, 1990, Installation view, Flight Patterns, The Geffen, MOCA, Los Angeles, 2000

Michael Parekōwhai, Nine Lives, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2003

Michael Parekōwhai, Atarangi, 2001, powder-coated aluminium, 200 x 800 x 100 mm

Michael Parekōwhai, Axe II, 1993, wood, enamel paint, 2840 x 900 x 400 mm (each)

Michael Parekōwhai, After Dunlop, 1989, polished oak and kauri, 1400 x 630 x 300 mm