This exhibition was developed by Te Papa and features a selection of ‘black paintings’ by the late Ralph Hotere, some of his best known works. They sit alongside Michael Parekowhai’s sculptural work, an intricately carved Steinway grand piano titled He Kōrero Purākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: Story of a New Zealand river.
Life Is But A Vapour is a presentation of processes from Singh’s residency. Specifically, the exhibition features an offering wall, which houses many of the messages, mementoes and keepsakes offered by visitors, alongside a sacred receptacle containing ash from the ceremony.
The Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition is an annual showcase for the diversity of ceramic artists throughout New Zealand. Established in 2001, the awards are the country’s best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.
This year’s Portage Ceramic Awards judge, Takeshi Yasuda, brings with him an intimate selection of his own recent domestic ware. Yasuda’s early work consisted of ash-glazed stoneware, after which he explored Sancai and Creamware.
The traditional Maori name for the Waitakere Ranges is Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa – The Great Forest of Tiriwa. This vast forested tract is the ancestral home of Te Kawerau ā Maki, who have gifted the gallery its new name - Te Uru.
It is claimed that nuclear waste will remain dangerous for ten thousand years. Although this simplifies and understates the danger, ten thousand years is still almost impossible to imagine. The difficulty suggests a need for caution.