Michael Parekowhai – ‘The Moment of Cubism’

Michael Parekowhai, 'The Moment of Cubism', installation view

Leg of Lamb was lucky enough to catch the last day of Michael Parekowhai’s exhibition, ‘The Moment of Cubism’ at Michael Lett in Auckland recently.  The gallery was almost entirely filled by a pair of giant elephant bookends, up-ended and butting into walls.  These creamy pachyderms were both monumental and playful but it was a small series of sculptures that stole the show.  Tucked away at the rear of the gallery sat a selection of twiggy shrubs.  Each piece was cast in bronze and the pallet on which some of them sat was bronze too.

Michael Parekowhai, 'The Moment of Cubism', installation view

Obviously, these little lemon trees will end up in disparate locations, maybe purchased by private collectors or public institutions.  Like his previous series, ‘Ten Guitars’, however, Parekowhai envisions that the sculptures will be brought together again some time in the future and exhibited as a full set.  At $40,000.00 a piece this will be a very expensive orchard…

Michael Parekowhai – ‘The Moment of Cubism’

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