New paths, fa­mil­iar sign­posts

Artist opens up over meal

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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