mike.okane @ hispeak. co. nz
Covid dreaming; bearing up under the circumstances
On The Beach
[On the Beach was a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he migrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in Melbourne as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the Northern Hemisphere, following a nuclear war a year previously.]
June 2020, Covid 19 has cut short our Australian sabbatical! Back home in Dunedin N.Z., Missing the colourful noisome birdlife, but our frost friends are pretty on cold days.
April 2020 This definitely represents a bygone age, especially with this pandemic. The Royal Mail van passing the Royal mail Hotel at Braidwood New South Wales.
1 March 2020– Reconciliation Place Canberra, extends parallel to lake Burley Griffin from The National library of Australia to the National Portrait Gallery, on an avenue close to 800 metres long. A centrally located raised landscape feature provides a vantage point to contemplate the site. The area includes large scale sculptural works of engraved standing stones, and other more contemporary expressions in metals and glass. These represent ancient traditional practices and beliefs, and visual reflections on the interactions between the Aboriginal and colonial peoples who came to Australia.
13 Feb 2020– Retirement/sabbatical/holiday refresher continues here in Canberra. dabbling in acrylics as a way to getting more hands on with the Australian palette of natural colours
7 Feb 2020– One month since our return to Canberra. Always like it here. A haven for cyclists (us) again. Network of paved bike/walk pathways…..
Jan 2020 Flew into Canberra ACT. Heat and bushfires and smoke all around the state and neighbouring New South Wales. So much loss of wildlife and habitat. Then a hailstorm which tore through the leaves of wonderful Canberran trees, (and also damaged 37,000 cars).
An artist and the inventor of HiSpeak the communications device pictured at left.
Mike usually lives in New Zealand and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree and the Sculpture Prize in 1997.
His work over the last decade or so has evolved into photographically creating seemingly plausible truths; proposing new possibilities for the toys and models of childhood play. More recently it has involved constructing and painting plastic kitsets with a war theme; a guilty pleasure revisited.
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Mike has a number of works in public and private collections in New Zealand and in private collections in Australia.
Comments and feedback– email details on Contacts page.
•Exhibitions; recent and upcoming.
• James Dignan’s perspective on Mike’s work with toys.
•Mike’s sculpture meets science head on- a conversation with neuroscientist Brian Hyland; https://corpus.nz/concerning-anxiety-art-meets-neuroscience/
•Audio project- Disentangling and resurrecting discarded bits of audio cassette tape life.