For the Aotearoa Art Fair 2023, Scott Lawrie gallery brings together two very different artists in dialogue – Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka and Andrew Rankin.
Kulimoe'anga Stone Maka, is an interdisciplinary artist of Tongan heritage who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2022, he was awarded the Contemporary Pasifika Artist Award from Creative New Zealand. Stone’s work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries in New Zealand, Hawai'i, Australia and Tonga. In 2011 he was selected by Brook Andrew to represent New Zealand at the 22nd Biennale in Sydney, supported by Creative New Zealand and The Chartwell Trust.
Andrew Rankin graduated from the University of Auckland MFA course with 1st Class Honours in 2019. Since then, he has won numerous awards and already made a mark for himself as an emerging artist. Andrew’s practice is hard to pin down, sitting somewhere between conceptual photography and sculpture. This unique conceptual framework combines both image and form, primarily through photography and sculptural assemblage using carefully considered materials.
Andrew’s magnificent masterwork, The Time Travelling Object, is a deconstructed homage to a colonial writing desk made by Bohemian cabinet maker Anton Seuffert (1814-1887), currently homed in the Auckland Museum. This will sit in dialogue with Maka’s majestic smoke-paintings. Both artists will present a talk in Booth A2 on Fri 3 March at 11.30am.
An online preview of the works is available here.