Brett Graham: Tangaroa Piri Whare - Art Collector

Brett Graham, Antarctica, 2012. Beech wood, 200 x 180cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

Tangaroa Piri Whare is a series of shields named after towns devastated by tsunamis. Marked by converging grooves and a marbled lacquer coating, these wooden disc shaped sculptures speak of a need to protect ourselves from disasters. They also form a poignant commentary on Tangaroa, the Maori god of the sea. The title of the exhibition references the awe-inspiring power of Tangaroa, while the shields served to protect against this power are built with Maori carving techniques, a tradition invented, according to legend, by Tangaroa himself. This dynamic interplay between power and protection shines through in the dizzying, at-once advancing and retreating lines of the shields, which seem forever in motion, locked in a volatile battle against the sea.

Opening: 3pm Saturday 10 November 2012
Exhibition closes: 1 December 2012
Location: Fehily Contemporary, 3A Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: 03 9017 0860

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