Populated by images of birds, rolling clouds, moko mokai (preserved, tattooed heads), and spray painted Christian and Maori texts, Shane Cotton’s paintings since the mid-2000s evoke a sense of the sublime that exists at the interface between painting, digital technology and diverse cultural histories. Of dual Maori and Pakeha descent, Cotton draws on a symbolic vocabulary around both the native and the introduced – weaving a tale that speaks to personal, local and universal concerns surrounding colonisation, identity and biculturalism.Read More
Shane Cotton (Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) was born in Upper Hutt, New Zealand in 1964. His work has been included in many international projects such as Turbulence, The 3rd Auckland Triennial (2007) and Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, Asia Society Museum, New York (2004); and was surveyed in a major retrospective exhibition at the City Gallery Wellington (2003). He has also received numerous awards, most notably the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (1998) and the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate (2008).
Shane Cotton lives and works in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Text courtesy Michael Lett.
When Silence Falls Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016 Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck....
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In the Christmas flourish of exhibitions one of the biggest names is Shane Cotton. His show called Blank Geometry is at the Michael Lett gallery. It is an exhibition that does not aim at grandeur but rather a quiet tracing of ideas. The work is of modest size and though everything is done with a subtle skill, the subject is very open.
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