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Shane Cot­ton’s new work en­gages with an on­go­ing theme. Shane Cot­ton’s first solo show at Hast­ings gallery Par­lour Projects runs un­til Oc­to­ber 24, and con­tin­ues his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into toi moko – pre­served Māori heads that were traded in the 19th cen­tury and, con­tro­ver­sially, ended up in mu­se­ums and col­lec­tions around the world. In the works, the heads be­come black holes – “in­fi­nite, dark voids at the hearts of his paint­ings”, as An­thony Byrt notes in an es­say ac­com­pa­ny­ing the show. “Most of them leak scram­bled in­for­ma­tion – con­fus­ing lines and path­ways evoca­tive of warped moko pat­terns.”

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