Artists

Tio

Tio

27/11/2018 to 9/12/2018

Kaan’s work has previously been described as “contemporary and timeless,” a notion that seems to fit well with many of the indigenous relationships referenced in his artmaking. Like Chinese ink and wash works, Kaan’s paintings and prints are not just straightforward reproductions; his work is more of an attempt to capture the intangible or the spirit of a subject. Using a restrained colour palette, often monochromatic or sometimes monochromatic with a single burst of colour, Kaan’s landscapes are uncluttered, contemplative and leave space, as writer Claire Finlayson proposed, for a viewer to ‘breathe’.

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New Works

New Works

19/09/2017 to 1/10/2017

Simon Kaan describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’, animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self. The images he creates, like the work of the late Ralph Hotere, can be viewed through an allegorical window.

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Simon Kaan in conversation with Martin Langdon and Lana Lopesi

Simon Kaan in conversation with Martin Langdon and Lana Lopesi

17/08/2016 to 17/08/2016

As part of his exhibition Black Cloud, Simon Kaan will be joined in conversation by fellow artists Martin Langdon and Lana Lopesi to discuss bi-cultural art practice in the unique artistic ecology of Aotearoa.

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Black Cloud

Black Cloud

16/08/2016 to 4/09/2016

Black Cloud is an exhibition of new works by artist Simon Kaan that further investigate the artist's inquiry into contrasting form. The show comprises of a series of large scale works on paper and paintings that reference the overreaching idea of a Black Cloud.

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New Work

New Work

2/06/2015 to 21/06/2015

Simon Kaan describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’, animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self. The images he creates, like the work of the late Ralph Hotere, can be viewed through an allegorical window.

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New Work

New Work

17/06/2014 to 6/07/2014

Simon Kaan describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’, animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self. The images he creates, like the work of the late Ralph Hotere, can be viewed through an allegorical window.

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Ara

Ara

15/03/2013 to 31/03/2013

Art’s agency within cultural revival is central to Kaan’s understanding of his position as an artist. Kaan possesses a refined visual language developed over decades, intrinsically tied to his sense of personal genealogy being of Ngai Tahu and Chinese descent. His practice considers the implications of the intermingling of the Kai Tahu and Chinese elements of his heritage, through iconography and processes of making. In a practice that includes painting, printmaking and performance, Kaan is concerned with identity, and with the physical and metaphysical notions of space and time.

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