THE PROMISED LAND
28 Mar 2015 – 21 Jun 2015
GOMA | Gallery 1.1
In 'The Promised Land' discover photography and sculpture spanning more than two decades of Michael Parekowhai's expansive practice.
Parekowhai is one of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists, the exhibition will feature new works and key loans alongside a selection from our Collection. Primarily sculptural, his works often play with scale and space, using humour to comment on the intersections between national narratives, colonial histories and popular culture. Parekowhai is known for bringing together an array of references, sometimes in a single object, with in-jokes and snippets of personal biography sitting side-by-side with art historical playfulness and big-picture cultural critique.
Michael Parekowhai, New Zealand b.1968 / The English Channel (detail) 2015 / Stainless steel, ed. of 3 / Courtesy: The artist and Michael Lett / © The artist.
Michael Parekowhai, New Zealand b.1968 / The Big O.E. (installation view) 2006 / Logs: Fibreglass, stainless steel, automotive paint; 1962 VW Kombi van and 1965 Westfalia trailer: steel, automotive paint, rubber, glass, vinyl, and engine parts / Commissioned by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for ‘Sculpture Terrace’ Project / Collection: The artist.
Michael Parekowhai, New Zealand b.1968 / The Horn of Africa 2006 / Automotive paint, wood, fibreglass, steel, brass / Purchased 2008 with funds from the Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund in recognition of the contribution to the Gallery by Wayne Goss (Chair of Trustees 1999-2008) / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.