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Te Marunui Hotene: Dallas 2

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Wallace Gallery Morrinsville

Te Marunui Hotene: Dallas 2
Maha Nga Te Marunui
Deejuk Fredduck Taniwha

1st - 30th April 2017

Te Marunui Hotene is exploding onto the art scene with good reason. His works are bold and exciting, with an established and recognisable style.

Hotene’s drawings, paintings, digital prints and films are figurative works rendered in a fresh expressive style, informed by Kiwi culture and pop art influences. They represent layers of people that he has encountered in the realm of the urban Maori.

This vibrant young artist has an interest in upcycling found objects, and in the tradition of New Zealand artists such as the late Ralph Hotere, often chooses unlikely supports to work on, such as dilapidated trampolines and nikau palm fronds. These materials reflect his artistic concerns and add weight to the visual aesthetic of each work.

“I see my work as an agent of change, promoting sustainability and balanced lifestyles as non-ethnic, universal values,” says Hotene.

Presented currently are Hotene’s newest digital works entitled Dallas 2, Maha Nga Te Marunui, and Deejuk Fredduk Taniwha, a part of his Urban Maori project. The works are, in Hotene;s words: “investigations of contemporary popular methods of Hip-hop production and digital video production and their seeding and growing here in Aotearoa. Visually, I have treated conventions in an expressionistic manner, that is quick, rough, colourful, textured and ‘playful’, and synchronized them to the beat of the music, interacting both methods of sonic and visual accompaniments.”

Te Marunui Hotene’s work has featured in many group exhibitions across New Zealand and he is currently pursuing a Master of Media Arts through WINTEC. Hotene's first solo exhibition, titled "CHUR", showed at Taneatua Gallery in 2015. His work was involved in the Public Domain Art Fair 'DEMO SPACE' in Auckland last year and in "ARTS REVEALED", a group show at the Whakatane Museum. Hotene received the New Zealand Children's Art House Foundation Trust Iti Waewae Award for 2016 and his works are held in many private and public collections such as the James Wallace Arts Trust.

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  • Sat Apr 1-Sun 30 2017

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