New paths, familiar signposts
Artist opens up over meal
Controversial, politically motivated and pop culture are just some of the words that have been used to describe the works of art by Maori artist Rangi Kipa.
Kipa, who specialises in taa moko, sculpture and illustration, will present a pop-up display of his work, which has featured in national museums such as Te Papa, at Bistro Gentil for amonth from August 16.
Restaurant spokeswoman Julia Le said ‘‘for anyone wanting to understand where Maori art is heading, this is the chance to get to know a phenomenal artist.’’
Kipa was known for pushing boundaries, placing Maori patterns and techniques into contemporary settings.
‘‘I think a lot about the need for Maori people to navigate new pathways, to move forward much in the same way that the Maori people originally navigated their way across the Pacific,’’ he said.
Kipa will provide an insight into each artwork – including musical instruments and sculptures, and items carved for his family to be passed down generations – on August 16.
A series of 50 wine charms, designed with the help of Bistro Gentil owner and Wanaka arts patron Luc Bohyn, will also be on sale to fundraise for both Maori and non-Maori causes.
Creative fingers: Maori artist Rangi Kipa holds some of the wine charms designed with the help of Bistro Gentil owner Luc Bohyn which will be on sale as a fundraiser at his exhibition at the restaurant.