Brett Graham | the artist

The artist Brett Graham
Born 1967, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lives and works in Auckland, .

Style and technique of the artist: Sculpture Objects, Sydney Biennale,

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"…a statement of the conceptual realisation of the metaphysical fibre that is an inheritance of the voices of the past. It is sustained in its reductionist vocabulary as an imprint of the abstract potential that was realised in nga taonga tuku iho o Tainui (the treasures of the Tainui people in the Waikato region)."

In Kowhatu Karohirohi, Brett Graham recreates the sacred stone and the work recalls how pupils of the ancient whare wananga placed stones in their mouths to act as memory aids when learning chants or whakapapa…

Graham’s work engages in a dual dialogue of Maori and European histories whilst adhering to the modernist emphasis on form and material quality. Although his works may not directly invoke Maori sculptural tradition, they nonetheless speak of that tradition in their titles and concept. His work is accessible at an aesthetic, personal and historical level, enabling both the object and viewer to occupy a common ground…

The sculptures are based on the tools of navigation. They acknowledge the site as original shoreline; where canoes were launched and kaimoana gathered; the presence of the two papakainga in the vicinity, Pipitea and Kumototo; and the proximity of Parliament in the present day…

Searching for Tangaroa explores the convergence of ancient and contemporary beliefs and technologies. Graham employs the forms of high-tech underwater scanners in a mythical quest for the location of Hui Te Ananui, the house of the god of the sea and the original site of carving. As a metaphor for the human search for meaning and security, the hand-carved scanners, with their traditional patterns, suggest a range of issues and conflicts from the global to local. Central to questions being raised by Graham, in all works in the exhibition, is the role and application of surveillance, at both the personal and political level – who or what is seen and how…